Abbott & Costello. Martin & Lewis. Now, add to the list of great comedy teams “Darwin and Squirrel.” That’s Darwin as in Charles Darwin, the nineteenth century father of evolutionary theory, and Squirrel as in an American grey squirrel. Squirrel, or The Original of a Species is an original new work from the imaginative pen […]
Archives for July 15, 2011
But Love is My Middle Name!
When Emily Love Morrison, the talented voice and mind behind But Love Is My Middle Name!, steps on to the stage, she’s packing more than just an acoustic guitar and a venti Starbucks latte. She’s also escorting her history, her vision, and a vibrant brand of story-telling sung in a key all her own.
PUN: (n) a play on words
In the interest of full disclosure, let me start by saying that I come from a family of Punners. We think of word play as sword play and often fence just to keep our wits sharp.
Cecily and Gwendolyn’s Fantastical Capital Balloon Ride
True experimental theater breaks down the divide of expectations between performer and audience. Extroverts usually love this. Introverts, not so much. No surprise then that the long-form improvisation Cecily and Gwendolyn’s Fantastical Capital Balloon Ride positively delighted me. It’s like a sociological seminar on human nature, challenging you (ever so subtly) to actually be interested […]
Has Fringe become too expensive?
DC playwright Gwydion Suilebhan argues that perhaps it has. This year, the price of a Fringe ticket has gone from $15 to $17, and the required one-time purchase of the Fringe button has increased from $5 to $7. If you decide to see only one show in Fringe this year, Gwydion calculates, and you order […]
Playwright Pam Mandigo’s Washed is concerned with Big Themes and Big Questions. How does a society function without knowing God? Is redemption possible for even the most vile of criminals? What are the limits of forgiveness?
Priscilla Dreams the Answer
Dreams are often beautiful and always surreal. They sweep you into their world without qualification or disruption. They are immersive and expansive, but at the same time deeply personal. Priscilla Dreams the Answer is very much like a dream. For the short time that it lasts, it is stunning, and like any good dream, you […]
Every heartbreaker eventually gets their heart broken. Cosmic justice, karma, the wheel of fortune – whatever you call it, the seesaw of relationships will always go from up to down and back again. But there’s a journey there, from paradise to hell and all the shades of grey in between. As Editors put it, “even […]
Rock of Ages
When you are at Rock of Ages, the question is out: are you ready to rock? Well, you’d better be: you are expected to.
Shrewing of the Tamed
The reversal in wording of Taming of the Shrew is not so much for a feminist message as for opening our minds. Get set for a bracing cocktail with a blast of Shakespeare’s bawdy at the Thrust Inn. Sexual innuendo intended.
Miriam Kulick is a mensch. Now I probably should not be using that term for a woman because I think it’s supposed to just be used for men. But here is the relevant definition as far as I’m concerned: “a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague.” […]
At 5:45, Kimleigh Smith walks onto the stage at a decaying storefront known as the Apothecary. She is a stranger to most of us. When she takes her bow an hour later, the Los Angeles actor/ dancer has shared most of the major events in her adult life.