If there’s one holiday that screams ‘theatre’ it’s Halloween, and we’ve found some spooky spectacular events from our local theatre producers. Available now Master of horror Alex Zavistovich produces spine-tingling Edgar Allan Poe dramas on Poe on the Air heard over NPR. Part 1 of Never Bet the Devil Your Head is online now.Part 2 […]
Review: Synetic’s Joy! Maria Simpkins balances defiance with cheeky humor
I click on the link and settle in for the new show, Joy!, delivered into my living room by Synetic Theater. A special surprise “Joy” box at my side ready to be opened. Check. Glass of prosecco poured and ready to be partaken (they said “Joy” didn’t they?) Check. Zoom video camera on. Check. Audio […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 10. It’s a wrap!
We have come to the end of Synetic Theater’s series of short videos based on Boccaccio’s classic “in-the-time-of-the-plague” entertainments. Like one of those imported Masterpiece Theatre series, it feels that, tucked into one of those massive houses, is a world of people and their stories. I have come to know the family of characters and […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 9. Imaginings run wild
Boccaccio’s world of The Decameron continues as cyber-theater for two more rounds of short videos by Synetic Theater’s company members and close associates. Imbedded in the program is one of the best short works in the series. Joseph McAlanan has found a nugget of a story to display his stage combat talents. Boccaccio’s third story in […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Days 7 & 8. Unraveling minds.
In trying to capture the times of our modern plague, the sum of the Synetic artists who have made these short performance works have shown us life as it has been reduced: clowns in cramped spaces, unraveling minds, and chaos. Rachael Small pushes boundaries, creating one of the wackiest of all of the Synetic videos […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 6. We dance!
The short videos from Synetic on this sixth day of content give us three worlds and stories through the language of dance. In classical ballet’s repertoire there is no greater or more physically demanding role than the dual swan role of Odette-Odile. Italian ballet dancer Valentina Palladino has used as her inspiration pieces of the […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 5, a silent trio of humor and noir
Day 5 brings us three new short works by Synetic Theater members as studies on life in the time of Covid. Kat Cárdenas-Cruz put a smile on my face with her short piece, “An Artist Struggles.” She directly links back to Giovanni Boccaccio, the progenitor of ten days, each with ten tales, that we know […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day 4.
Day 4 of Synetic Theater’s series of short pieces devised by members of the company’s roster of artists shows much of the same agility and demonstrable translation into forms of physical theater from a classic text that marks the Synetic style. One has to ask, however, whether the individuals are really going as deeply into […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day Three. From somber to sexy
”And how shall we entertain ourselves?” the characters in Boccaccio’s 14th century story collection, The Decameron, keep asking, and each in turn tells a tale. In Day 3 of Synetic Theater’s streamed Decameron, three women take a whack at “entertaining” in the time of COVID-19, using a wild variant of means and tones. Elena Velasco […]
Review: Synetic Theater’s The Decameron, Day Two
In Ronald Harwood’s 20th-century play about the theater, The Dresser, the title character says of his friend who was in crisis due to depression, “What saved him was an offer of work.” Isn’t that the truth and what we artists all need right now? Well, then, God bless Synetic Theater for offering work to so […]
Review: Synetic’s artists interpret three stories from 14th century plague novel, The Decameron. Day 1
When society seems bound together in a single shared experience, that is often the time when a work of art resurfaces, offering itself up as metaphor and speaking directly to the times. During the last several months of the health pandemic caused by COVID-19, that work is Giovanni Boccaccio’s literary classic, “The Decameron,” a work […]
Stories that reveal who we are. Digital theatre to watch this week
Not all the fireworks are in the air. These theatrical works blaze as brightly and linger longer. Hamilton Disney Plus $6.99 for one month subscription Click to subscribe The original Broadway cast, filmed June 2016, including Lin-Manual Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie […]
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