Over the 65-minute run time of Caroline Bennett’s Garbage Person Karaoke, there are moments of painful comedy and bitter emotional connections with that specific kind of heartbreak that kicks the recently dumped. Those moments just don’t always connect with each other, and instead end up drawing attention to what’s lacking in the piece as a whole. […]
Archives for July 12, 2017
This year the Contemporary American Theater Festival, like the nation itself, has given itself over to political conflict. Whether we are in the classroom, or a Nazi interrogation chamber, or an Amish community or even in the recollections of a young girl at war with her parents and all authority, we are seeing human protagonists […]
A choose-your-own-adventure review – pick one of the following: a) I have little or no idea what the Burning Man festival is; b) I know about Burning Man, but have never been; c) I am a Burner.
Mia Amado, producer and director of Echoes, brings this piece about love and mental illness to the Eastman Theatre at Gallaudet. Echoes is by no means an easy play, in terms of execution and in subject matter. Playwright N. Richard Nash continually brushes up against the walls between reality and illusion, and asks whether or not […]
“Beware them, as they have pussy power!” Or do they? This show is a comedy inspired by a tragedy, Greek playwright Euripides’ The Bacchae. In case it has been a while since you last refreshed your memory on the theatrical offerings of Greece in 504 BC, that’s the tragedy in which an angry Dionysus gets […]
Satire is a noble pursuit, but it can also be used as an excuse. Regardless of what a would-be satirist puts onstage, if you dislike it, he can say that your negative reaction is the point. “I found it tasteless,” you might say, and the satirist can say, “it’s a satire on tastelessness.”
If you’ve ever picked up a roommate from an online ad, you know that living with strangers can be, well, strange. In a world premiere from outer space-oriented Nu Puppis collective, that strangeness becomes literally alien as four extraterrestrials are inexplicably thrown together by the roommate roulette of the internet. Here’s the catch, none of […]