I love plays like this. Really, I just love them. So many thoughts go through one’s mind when watching a theatrical production that makes no sense at all but does so with theatricality, passion and style.
Imagine visiting a quirky French cafe you’ve had your eye on for awhile. The tables are nicely set, a woman with a lovely voice is strumming on a guitar in the corner, and next to her a man with smiling eyes is playing merrily on an accordion. Sounds pretty nice, right?
Absurdism, or as playwright Joseph White chooses to label his brief plays Sandra and Salvador Rosa “oxy-moronic”, is a hard theater genre to get right. The layering of meaning and futility beneath facades of outrageous circumstances and over-the-top characters requires a solid grasp of theatrical rules and a lot of chutzpah to break out of […]
A gray brick wall interrupted by two black velvet curtains, and a bare stage offer the setting for an other-worldly place, between Heaven and Hell, somewhere on Earth. A man bursts through one of the curtains and faces the audience, a confused look on his face. He’s got black pants tucked into large brown boots, […]
Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story is the tale of the relentlessly cheerful Peter (B. Stanley), insulated by his upper-middle class breeding and his good manners, while he is under attack from the truth-telling ruffian Jerry (Jerry Herbilla).
On the morning of May 28, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh began work on the first of 100 works of art, all of which he would complete in the next 60 days. His output included “Wheat Field with Crows”, “Portrait of Doctor Gachet”, and 68 other oils. Immediately after completing this work, he walked into a […]
Longtime theatre fans will undoubtedly recognize the solo performer in Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent. It’s B. Stanley, head of the DC Arts Center, founder of Theatre du Jour, and the performance coffee house Jama Rama in the mid-80’s. His coolness credentials well established,