Charter Theatre, which in its ten-year history produced thirty world premieres, has suspended its program of traditional productions indefinitely, Artistic Director Keith Bridges announced Wednesday. But this does not mean that Charter is out of business. In August, Bridges promises, Charter will reveal a “unique focus on the development of audiences for new plays” through […]
Charter ends its season
The recession claims another theatre company: Charter Theater which has had an extraordinarily successful ten-year run of producing new plays cancels its season.
Lie with Me
The house that visitors to Charter Theatre stepped into on Halloween night was a whole new realm of haunted. Inside, the family members in Lie With Me move from scene to scene as various forms of the walking emotionally wounded, breaking long spans of glazed denial with a heated jab and harsh words.
Fat Gay Jew
Stand aside, and let a fat straight Gentile review Fat Gay Jew, the amiable, intermittently funny Mario Baldessari comedy about gays, Jews, and fat guys.
This Perfect World
This Perfect World by Chris Stezin directed by John Vreeke produced by Charter Theatre reviewed by Tim Treanor Stay with me here. This is a difficult concept, and I’m not sure I have it right. But is it not possible that there is something in this world called pain envy, being the jealousy that those […]
Am I Black Enough, Yet
Am I Black Enough, Yet? Written by Clinton Johnston Directed by George Grant Produced by Charter Theater with the Hamner Theatre Reviewed by Debbie Minter Jackson This creative script tackles sensitive, poignant, hilarious even bizarre issues involving race and race relations. A cast of five lightening quick actors pop into a variety of roles, improv […]
F.U. (Forgive Us…)
F.U. (Forgive Us…what’d you think we meant?) By Keith Bridges Directed by Joe Banno Produced by Charter Theatre Reviewed by Steven McKnight At the start of F.U. (Forgive Us…what’d you think we meant?), the actors break the “fourth wall” between cast and audience with a lengthy yet funny digression about the upcoming show. They state […]
Sleeping and Waking
By Chris Stezin Produced by Charter Theatre Reviewed by Debbie Minter Jackson Plastic model body parts dangle from the ceiling in Chris Stezin’s Sleeping and Waking. The off-putting display is a constant reminder that the play’s protagonist, Sullivan, well played by Ian Le Valley, is the first successful full body transplant. Mind you, the play […]
or The Man Who Was a Quarry Produced by Charter Theatre at Theatre on the Run Reviewed by Tim Treanor The “stones” to which the title of this new Mark Charney play refers are kidney stones. These are crystalline structures which attach to the kidney walls of anyone unfortunate enough to be afflicted by them. […]
Short Order Stories
by Renee Calarco Produced by Charter Theatre by Tim Treanor I recommend that you interrupt your reading of this review, call Charter Theatre or go to their website, and make reservations to see Short Order Stories right away. Now. I’ll explain later. The theater critic, in his wisdom and dignity, is commissioned to explain the […]
Big Bird Invades Georgetown: Monkeyboy at Charter Theatre
I must tell you at the outset that this play features an enormous Cockatoo. When I say “enormous” I don’t mean big like the bird that Robert Blake, pre-indictment, carried on his shoulder in Berretta. I mean bigger than Totie Fields, bigger than Flipper the Dolphin, bigger than God. Monkeyboy is a meta-bird with a […]
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