America is engaged in an agonizing public discussion of the roles, and prerogatives, of our police force in light of recent deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Does American Century Theater’s doubleheader, Terry Curtis Fox’s Cops and William Saroyan’s Hello Out There, advance that discussion, and enlighten the way we think about law […]
The Great Divorce is a story about the bus ride from Hell – literally: the Redemption Express from the bad section (there is no good section) of “the gray town” to the verdant fields of the much larger and denser Heaven. Like Sartre and Camus and also like Dante Alighieri, whose work this recalls, C.S. […]
In an electrifying conclusion to the December 18th production of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism, with a Key to the Scriptures, members of the cast read a letter from Kushner praising former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth and denouncing the theater’s decision to fire him.
Someone has stormed the Capitol, looted the Treasury, eviscerated the Judiciary, and declared sex illegal. No, no, not Ted Cruz. This happened thousands of years ago, and the culprit was Lysistrata. But no crime is so ancient that it cannot attract the attention of Washington lawyers, and thus on November 24th Lysistrata was brought before […]
Has this ever happened to you? It is 1963. You’re Charlie “the Duck” Clench, career criminal, and you’re played by Steve Beall. You’ve pledged the hand of your daughter, Pauline (Megan Graves) – who has the IQ of a toaster – in a marriage of convenience to the gay gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in order to […]
If you would know a cat, you must first watch him dance, and then hear him sing, and after that you will understand his story. So it is with the cats in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Though Elliot’s poetry – which was written for his […]
On December 6, 1917 an explosion tore through Halifax, Nova Scotia, obliterating the Richmond District and shattering virtually every window in the City. The ensuing tsunami wiped out the Mi’kmaq First Nations community. Temperature at the core reached nine thousand degrees Fahrenheit. (The surface of the sun is eleven thousand degrees.) The explosive force equaled […]
You know this place, although you may have never been here. There is a picture of Jack Kennedy, looking a little mischievous, on one wall. On another, the benevolent smile of His Holiness the Pope – Paul VI. On a recliner, Ed Kilgannon (Peter Cormican) slumbers, a copy of the Buffalo Courier-Express – a newspaper […]