As a general rule, literally translating symbolism and colloquialisms isn’t a great thing to do on stage or a screen or really ever. Yet, that’s exactly what Christian Beltran and Mandy Moore in director Manu Kumasi’s version of Almost, Almost Maine. Throughout the seven or so vignettes, all with two people in some situation involving […]
Archives for July 19, 2012
The story of Hitler’s youth often gets overshadowed by his bloody WWII legacy, but the following is known: he began adulthood as a struggling, academically rejected artist in Vienna who was taken in by Jewish art dealers.
I don’t think I’ve ever sat through a performance feeling more hopeless and confused than I did during the opening night of DADA Returns: 20th Anniversary Edition.
Many of Shakespeare’s comedies feature fantastical, confusing, unbelievable plots. This is fitting for Pallas Theatre’s concept of The Comedy of Mirrors, which takes on the Bard’s Comedy of Errors in a head-scratching, convoluted way.
College: the place, the time, the school, the people. What makes it worth “hundreds of thousands of dollars to students” of the Facebook generation if it doesn’t make them happy?
The rube Wade (Mark Pagan) wanders onto the stage. In a pitch-perfect South Dakota accent – straight out of “Fargo” – he explains that normally he volunteers for his Church of the Nazarene during the summer, but this year his mother suggested he come down here to help his cousin, Ms. Whiskeysours (Lynda Laughlin) and […]
Madwoman in the Attic: An Evening of Short Plays is a wild interpretation of the saucy, lustful and comic writing of Theresa Rebeck, shown here in six of her short plays.
Fringe performers have to overcome any number of technical limitations when they put up their plays. For Claire Carroll, that meant having to stage a new play featuring a field full of cattle at a venue in Penn Quarter that, somewhat unfairly, boasts not a single cow.
All’s Well that Ends Well, a reprise of STC’s 2010 production, will be this summer’s Free-For-All offering from Shakespeare Theatre Company. The production at Sidney Harman Hall will run for 16 performances, August 23 to September 5, 2012.
One of the five main characters of A Night In (Or the Night My Wife Left) is a bong named “High.” This fact stands out a great deal, for some reason. It’s not funny, though it supposed to be. It’s not clever, though I can’t imagine it’s supposed to be. The biggest thing that stands […]
Earlier this week while waiting at the entrance of a venue, I overheard an enthusiastic Fringe-goer, who had her evenings booked with Fringe shows for the next two weeks, announce: “I rarely see one-man shows. I don’t see want to listen to one person relay anecdote after anecdote without any point.”
Mary Chase was an accredited playwright when her Harvey opened at the 48th Street Playhouse in late 1944. The second world war was still raging, light hearted musicals like Follow the Girls and Early to Bed were trying to lighten the load, serious dramas like Maxwell Anderson’s The Eve of St. Mark, Robert Sherwood’s There […]