One would think that a Kabuki-inspired adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus would be enough of a challenge to be tackled by a professional theater company. Factor into that equation two separate casts of over 45 student actors, some tackling Shakespeare for the first time, some for the 24th time. With no auditions. Sound like a recipe […]
The Holidays just aren’t for everyone. The shopping, the travel, the crowds, the expectations…it can be a little overwhelming. Catching a glimpse of your fiancé locking lips with a stranger at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade certainly doesn’t exactly rouse the Christmas spirit, either. This unfortunate event is exactly what happened to heroine and narrator Mary […]
- in which we suggest a holiday trip to American Shakespeare Center in the lovely town of Staunton, VA nestled in the Shenendoah valley – I don’t much see myself in Ebenezer Scrooge. He’s British, I’m American. He’s stingy, I’m profligate. He cultivates bitterness, and I cultivate mechanisms for keeping bitterness out of my mouth […]
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is the story of unexpected and uncomfortable reactions to love between a black man and a white woman. It brings up the issue of racism from all fronts: the African American maid, the progressive white newspaper publisher, and the elderly African American man. “You still think of yourself as a […]
Watching Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a Case is everything that so much American Chekhov in adaptation is not; there’s nothing languid about this performance, but rather we watch his character with fascination, an emotional minimalist encasing the antics of a pent-up animal – passionate, furious, terrified, and tortured all at once. One arm shoots […]
Faced with an ailing actress unable to perform on Sunday night, Noises Off director Doug Wilder made the rather unusual decision to pull on a spare dress and play the role himself, venturing onstage with a copy of the script in hand. This turned out to be the best solution anyone could have found. The […]
“Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy tonight!” And with that opening refrain comes one of the clearest promises in musical theatre history, and perhaps even theatre history. Tonight, you will laugh. Tonight, our only goal is to throw everything we have at you and make you laugh as loudly, as heartily, and as frequently as possible.