Life: it’s not about good guys or bad guys. It’s about good choices and bad choices. And, Felonious Munk, a bearded comedian out of Chicago courtesy of Second City, is a solid, candid guy who’s made some questionable ones. In Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) he lays it all out there.
Sometime in the not too distant past, an ornate street lamp, that you could easily imagine encircled by fog, glows at a dingy train depot early morning. Byron Jones, looking dapper in a suit and hat, enters and tenderly launches into “La Ville S’endormait” [The City Was Falling Asleep] surrounded by haphazardly strewn travel trunks […]
In a time in American history where gun control, collusion, corporate taxes, labor issues, immigration, war, and threats of violence dominate the daily news, Assassins feels chillingly relevant, and fresh. With its rich, moving numbers, it offers no answers; it’s more a testimony that we reached today through the actions of citizens suffering under those […]
The Effect is a beautiful rumination on what love is—a combination of naturally occurring chemicals with which the brain floods the body. Or something altogether different. Something controllable. And, therefore, perhaps, less toxicating.
Caravanning to the stars and beyond—to a planet of flowers somewhere at the edge of the universe—is a nice coda to a long week. Even if it is a journey designed for kids. Music, after all, is a magic meant for everyone, which is what Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera is all about.
For I Killed My Mother, you enter Spooky Action Theater through the bowels of a church, winding through the basement where performers are stationed—singing, strumming guitar, watching you walk by, or just wandering the performance space, which is a whole lot of gray and concrete. It’s a creepy introduction to what is to unfold and […]
It’s never more apparent how salacious the bard is then when watching The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a ridiculously wonderful semi-improvised comedy that parodies, reduces, and, yes, even celebrates the greatest playwright in history. If you’ve not see it, it’s high time you do. If you have, see it again. Maryland Ensemble Theatre […]
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train—a disturbing, dark dramedy by the Pulitzer-prize winning Stephen Adly Guirgis and first performed in 2000—places incarceration and morality side by side and asks you to consider if they are all that different; after all, both act as restrictive measures with a side of redemption. If you are so inclined. To […]
Rodgers and Hammerstein, the team which gave us Carousel! Sound of Music. Oklahoma! South Pacific. The King and I, undoubtedly have one of the most celebrated musical theatre canons in the world. Even their lesser musicals contain gems, as famed director Walter Bobbie realized when he curated the revue A Grand Night for Singing. Originally presented […]
Wig Out! is beautiful, raw, and real. And magically human, bonding me to the sadness, joy, and fear of wonderfully deep characters. To be candid, this is a world—the underground Ball Culture—I knew nothing of last week but remain moved by what I have seen and blown away by its energy, power, humor, and depth.