Can you feel that white-hot bubbling of Conservatism in your gut? Can you smell that unmistakable, pungent aroma of angry men? It’s David Mamet season in Washington, and the air is thick with chunky dialogue, whizzing through the Beltway like bullets from an unregulated firearm.
Archives for February 12, 2013
Some actors push their virtuosic energy boldly across the proverbial footlights, as if demanding audience members to listen, all but grabbing them by the throats. Then there are others who hold their energy close in, necessitating any audience member who wishes to understand to draw close and pay very focused attention.
Michael John Garces on directing The Convert at Woolly
Michael John Garcés has always had an eye for engaging people through the power of their own stories. He has turned his ambition into well-recognized programming as Artistic Director of the community-minded Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles.
La Casa De Los Espiritus (The House of the Spirits)
Throughout The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espiritus, I sat leaning forward, agog in the spell of Caridad Svich’s powerful, multi-layered play, enhanced by inspired acting and staging by a phenomenal cast and production team. So what makes this intense, thoughtful theatre piece, that takes place in a nameless Latin American country, “reminiscent […]
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare
Nuns on chaotic power trips. Accountants held captive in live productions. Dancing camels. Executions. The Pope.
Ben Brantley’s Broadway Musicals
How did this one slip by me last year? In October, the New York Times’ Ben Brantley released a beautiful-to-look-at and rewarding-to-read volume titled “Broadway Musicals” that deserves a spot on either your theater shelf or your coffee table.