You know how sometimes you laugh til you hurt? Or when you’re hurt so much the only real response left is laughter? Those are the real underpinnings of good comedy: tell the truth, then find the underlying ridiculousness about it. That’s why so much breakthrough humor in the last century has come from populations on the […]
Archives for November 21, 2016
A fool-ish Merchant of Venice (review)
Considering the numerous versions of The Merchant of Venice I have seen in the last several years, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a rendition by DC’s Commedia dell’Arte company, Factions of Fools. Having witnessed their exquisite Miser and Our Town last season, though, I should have known that the Bard would be in […]
Sarah Ruhl, receiving Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, challenges writers to help America recover its soul
Playwright Sarah Ruhl, whose Eurydice has just closed at NextStop Theatre in Herndon, called upon writers to work “with new urgency” as she accepted the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award at New York’s Lincoln Center last Monday.