It’s an image as ancient and archetypal as Medea and La Llorona, and as modern as Andrea Yates—a woman, a mother, standing over the bodies of her drowned children. From this shocking visual, which goes against every culturally constructed narrative of how and why a giver of life should behave, local playwright Amanda Zeitler begins […]
A show truly on the Fringe: Marx in Soho, an interview with Karl herself
Mary Myers is about to embark to the Edinburgh Fringe festival to play Karl Marx in Mark in Soho. Before leaving, she’s given us these words as she prepares for her last show in the States. The conceit of Marx in Soho is that Karl Marx, enraged at how his ideas are being interpreted and disregarded, petitions […]
Gwen & Ida: The Object is of No Importance fails to connect art worlds
The title Gwen & Ida: The Object is of No Importance comes from a painter’s refrain to a film director that the subject of your art doesn’t matter, only that you make it. To this end, the audience of the work is irrelevant, so long as the work satisfies the creator. Gwen & Ida starts […]
Review: Dead Dog’s Bone: A Birthday Play
Nu Sass Productions’ Dead Dog’s Bone: A Birthday Play is about a girl and her dog and the messiness of growing up, but don’t think for a moment that means it is a story you’ve seen before. Equal parts tender and prickly, Dead Dog’s Bone uses humor and a touch of the weird to dig […]
Review: Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay! High food prices skyrocket Dario Fo’s farce
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay! could just as easily be titled “I Love Antonia” for the heroine’s strong similarities to Lucille Ball and the crazily comic situations navigated by two working class couples. Antonia is as funny as Lucy, but she balances her quirky nuttiness with a shrewder understanding of the forces that conspire against her […]
The Veils from Nu Sass (review)
In The Veils by Hope Villanueva, Melody, a female Marine translator in Afghanistan, has completed her tour of duty and returned stateside trying desperate to pick up the pieces of her life. That includes planning her wedding. Her mother and sister try to support her, but the memories, sights and sounds of the war are only […]
Nu Sass takes on Karl Marx and wins. Marx in Soho (review)
“Is there anything more outrageous than an honest critic?” asks Karl Marx (Mary Myers) at one point during Nu Sass Productions’ presentation of Howard Zinn’s 1999 one-person show, Marx in Soho. Luckily for Nu Sass, this honest critic thinks the timely and timeless production is outrageously well done.
“Laugh so you don’t cry.” Nu Sass opens 43 1/2 to everyone for free this weekend
Why Nu Sass Productions is giving away their closing weekend tickets to 43 1/2: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies. “DC is an amazing city. It is full of some of the hardest working citizens in America. Public Servants keep our cities, states, and country running, and the people of DC serve those servants every day. […]
Spoiler – in Nu Sass’s 43 1/2, everyone dies. A lot. (review)
Lue Douthit, the director of literary development and dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, famously confessed about Coriolanus “I’ll be really honest to say I can’t understand all of it all of the time.” Whether or not you understand the Complete Works of William Shakespeare from cover to cover, 43 ½: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies […]
Nu Sass indulges in fantasy fights: you vs Shakespeare’s best
Nu Sass’s fall show, a remount of our audience-acclaimed 43 ½: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies opens next week at the Capital Fringe’s Logan Fringe Arts Space. To help properly convey the gravitas and solemnity of this celebration of one of the most esteemed poets and playwrights in the English language, in this the year of […]
Nu Sass’ Very Fun Haunted Drunken Lesbian Stone Tape Party: Remix (review)
Can you think of anything as emotionally dramatic or hilariously rambunctious as a party at a haunted drunken lesbian coke house? Me neither. Fortunately, you’ve got an invitation to the Stone Tape Party: Remix, produced by Nu Sass at Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Letting ladies lead: Stone Tape Party Remix revealed by Angela Kay Pirko
I am sure this statement – and the following article – will come as a complete shock to absolutely everyone who knows me or who has seen my work before: I am a feminist. I’ll give us all a moment to pick our jaws up off the floor before continuing.
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