Rapists and Drug Dealers has nothing to do with rapists and drug dealers, except perhaps in the dim mind of a political wannabe. Nor is it a “metaphor for the immigrant experience,” as its playwright and director Tim Chamberlain asserts. It is a story about magic and fear, ambition and empathy…well, let me tell you some […]
Eight years ago, the Molotov Theatre Group made its debut with Blood, Sweat and Fears, a trilogy of Grand Guignol plays, at the late, lamented Playbill Cafe. I reviewed it then. (Wait! Eight years? How come I’m not any older?) It was amusing, but raw; some of the acting wasn’t quite up to the demands […]
Diana Brown and Susan Jackson as Red and Marion respectively work hard in Death Be Not Loud!, but to what end? Browns’ Red spends two scenes in direct address, ostensibly to her dead mom. She has a lot of anger, which she directs at her two lousy brothers, who never visited mom when she was […]
Here, let me be completely honest with you. I was not looking forward to this show. I had reviewed another play by playwright Luigi Laraia for Fringe last year and was not pleased. Laraia was clearly an earnest man, but his policy insights had overwhelmed his art, and the product was not satisfying.
Like a well-made vodka punch, Kate Robards’ well-made story sneaks up on you. It starts out as a lighthearted account of how she (like Horatio Alger!) overcame her impoverished roots by marrying rich, and ends up as a discomforting meditation on the relationship between money and self-image. Particularly now, as we agonize over issues of […]
Among all the major Shakespeare characters, the one least susceptible to a one-actor treatment may be Romeo Montague, the doomed lover in Romeo and Juliet. Hamlet, Lear, Shylock, Othello all have great monologues, but actors illuminate Romeo mostly in relation to other characters — principally Juliet, but the Friar, the Nurse, Mercutio, Benvolio and Tybalt […]
We had never had a President like Richard Nixon before we elected him in 1968, and we will never have one like him again.
Allen Drury’s brilliant novel, Advise and Consent, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. In it, the weaselly Senator Freddie Van Ackerman of Wyoming threatens to expose a gay liaison which the upright Senator Brigham Anderson of Utah had during the war if he didn’t vote the right way on a nomination before the Senate. Van […]
In the end, the Defense of Marriage Act was always constitutionally suspect. Under DOMA, a state which did not recognize same-sex marriage was not obliged to respect such a marriage if it was performed in a state which did. Nor did the Federal government. This violated the full faith and credit clause of the […]
Back in the day in the French Quarter of Louisiana, there was a custom among the upper crust: when a boy reached the age of fourteen or so, he moved from the family manse to an outbuilding, where a muscular servant would oversee him until he was deemed fit to return to civilized company. Here […]