How does a community face up to its history? And how does that community both move on while holding onto a pivotal moment that still elicits reactions from tears to indifference to denial? These questions rose to the surface as I experienced the powerful production of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later produced by Dark […]
Review: Sartre’s No Exit.
Three different people, an eternity of living with the judgment of others in one tiny room, and one “hell” of a play. I could only be talking about one particular piece of vintage world theatre, No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1943 existentialist rumination. Not frequently seen onstage today, Dark Horse Theatre Company has brought No Exit […]
Review: The Value of Moscow from Dark Horse Theatre Company
“Sisters, Sisters, There were never such devoted sisters,” warbled Rosemary Clooney and Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas. (Yes, Clooney was the stand-in singing voice for Vera-Ellen for that number in the 1954 film.) But what if siblings are not so devoted to each other? What if their lives have taken too many wrong turns, individually, […]
Except for one thing, one crucial element, this would be Jerry Springer on steroids, a ménage á schlock involving coke addiction, childhood pregnancy and personal assistant abuse. Here is the crucial element which turns Mr. Marmalade into outrageous comedy: the heroine, Lucy (Rebecca Vail) is only four years old. And her coke-snorting, p.a.-slapping boyfriend, Mr. […]
The brand new Dark Horse Theatre Company arrived with a splash last week by mounting a new production of Oleanna, David Mamet’s controversial two-person drama about an academic counseling session gone horribly wrong. Oleanna is good, old-fashioned socio-political drama at its best, and it’s a surprisingly polished production for a fledgling company.
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