Refresh is a kaleidoscope of dysfunction. Don’t look at any of the individual elements too closely – you’ll find they’re just simple, colored blobs – but put them all together and watch them spin around and the result is dazzling and a little dizzying.
Archives for July 18, 2014
Waiting for Armageddon
For forty years Ron Litman and Tom Pile have performed together and it shows with their comfortable onstage banter. Pile accompanies Litman and sings backup or stands behind the piano, his reactions and laughs played straight out to the audience. You’d only notice this if you can manage to pry your focus from Litman’s magnetic […]
Cabaret XXX: Everybody F*cking Dies
I know what you’re thinking, brothers and sisters. “If everybody f*cking dies, why is he writing this f*cking review? They’re all dead!” I have a single-word answer for you, my friends: replacements.
Broadway dims it lights tonight for Elaine Stritch, dead at 89
Elaine Stritch, a Broadway star of incomparable depth and versatility, died yesterday in her Birmingham, Michigan home at the age of eighty-nine.
You, or Whatever I Can Get
Dating is fun. Wait, did I say fun? I meant horrible. Dating is horrible. One would think our hyper-information-digital-social age would soften the blow – or at least weed out the crazies – but the truth remains: While previous generations settled down faster and younger, Generation Y remains on their own unique domestic timeline. However […]
The Duchess of Malfi
The beauty of the language and the brutality of this Duchess of Malfi lingered in my mind’s eye for days after the cast took their final bows. Rhymed couplets curled through the air as an assassin’s hand went to work throughout John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. The DC-based classical theatre company We Happy Few […]
The Goddess Diaries
The simplicity of The Goddess Diaries only adds to its brilliance. The single prop on stage is a giant ship’s wheel. A woman in white (Kim Posthumus) tells us that, since ancient times, the wheel has been used as a symbol for time. The wheel can represent both a single year and a single lifetime.