Being genderqueer or part of the LGBTQIAA* community in the Theater world is nothing new and usually accepted without much question. To be part of that same world and out about it in the Teaching field is not as frequent, nor is it encouraged. Enter code switching stage left!
Archives for July 18, 2018
Review: Through the Wall at Capital Fringe
We are all cautious by design. When faced with a life-changing decision, there is a moment of hesitation – our hearts race as we face an infinite number of thoughts compounded by a simple choice: to speak or to be silent, to help or to ignore, to act or not to act.
Review: How’s That Workin’ Out for Ya? at Capital Fringe
Full disclosure, I like to go see a play without any advance research. If that is your style, stop reading now and just make your plans to see this play. But if you insist to know a little more, keep reading. How’s That Workin’ Out for Ya? is four subversive comedies by 4 playwrites with […]
Review: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at Logan Festival
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey brilliantly subverts both crime procedurals and comedy. This is a show not about catching the bad guys or laughing at weirdos, though it’ll trick you early on. By the end, you can count on a tear in your eye as you say goodbye to a small town and all […]
Review: Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Logan Festival
Brian Quijada is unstoppable. In his autobiographical Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, he sings, dances, and wields a live looper like a genius to create a solo performer musical that takes us all the way from his conception to a frank conversation about race with his future child, hitting all the most important […]
Review: Brahman/i at Logan Festival plays on the threshold of theatre itself
It’s rare to see a performance so original that you can’t quite find your footing. Brahman/i, the story of an intersex Indian comic, purposefully moves all the boundaries of what you think you know to put you in the shoes of a character whose identity confuses them. (For the purposes of this review, nonbinary pronouns […]
Review: Coronado at Capital Fringe
Coronado is a play in disguise. If you read the blurbs or see the black and white promo photo of a couple of White dudes at a bar table with cigarettes hanging from their mouths, you might think you know what this play is going to be. You might think it’s a Mamet/Labute knockoff bar […]
Review: (Super) Friends at Capital Fringe
Given our divisive culture and the omnipresence of superheroes in our movie theaters, along comes this light-hearted riff on the whole hero-villain dichotomy, including who decides who is acting on behalf of “good.” Andrew Brockmeyer’s new play (Super) Friends feels just right for a contemporary and funny take on the whole super hero culture.
Review: On the Eve at Capital Fringe
On the Eve questions turning points in three famous stories, in which characters make decisions “on the eve of when the ordinary becomes extraordinary” to quote the Capital Fringe summary. In all three stories, Thomas Anawalt and playwright Amy Frey portray the famous figures.
Review: Roko’s Basilisk at Capital Fringe
In the beginning was the Supercomputer, and the words came out of the Supercomputer, and the words were all right. We are in a lecture hall, where Michael (Mike Rudden) holds forth about his beloved Supercomputer, which can, he says, predict the future. Predict the future! The implications are a little creepy: if the future […]
Addison Switzer reveals how Quotidian is putting the Irish twist to Midsummer Night’s Dream
Addison Switzer and I shared stages back in the early days of the old Clark Street Playhouse, so I was thrilled to explore his take on his role as King of the Fairies, King Finvarra in this “Irish Twist” rendition of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.