Category Archives: Opinion

THEATER REVIEW: “New Works 4: International Short Play Festival” at the Richmond Shepard Theatre

On its last evening at the Richard Shepherd Theater, the New Works 4: International Short Play Festival presented its program without an intermission. A collection of six short works presented as bare-bones stagings presented pieces both amorphous and direct.
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Words, Emotions, and How Your Audience is Feeling

Many’s the time I’ve sat in readings and development workshops and been asked, “Who is your audience?” It’s one of my least favorite questions. What am I supposed to say? “People with good taste”? How do I choose to experience my entertainment? Based on what I want to feel. I suspect I’m not alone in this. When you pick up a novel, what makes you choose Bridget Jones instead of H.P. Lovecraft? (Or vice versa?) Continue reading

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The Donners are Deaded: Discussion of a Work in Progress

In Guide and (The Myth Of) Infinite Progress, an intriguing little double-bill-in-development at Williamsburg’s The Brick theater, Cara Marsh Sheffler and Luke Cissell have begun a journey to accomplish that feat. Their subject? The man whose book, The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, was behind the fateful “shortcut” taken by the Donner party in 1846: Lansford Warren Hastings, Esquire. Continue reading

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Theater & Activism: The Working Theater Company’s 2011 Annual Awards Gala

The Working Theater Company’s gala evening was a breath of fresh air on a musty May evening in New York City. The speakers were eloquent and their words obviously heartfelt. The company’s dedication to providing a voice for working Americans in the theater was clearly articulated, and through a short entertainment program they displayed their working process and its results to attendees. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Sphinx Winx” at Theater Row

There’s very little to recommend The Sphinx Winx over traditional B-movie fare, available at a lower price (and higher camp factor) from Netflix and local indie movie stores. Fans of Egyptian paraphanalia and themes can take a pass, since this show … Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “Teeth of the Sons” at the Cherry Lane Theater

Teeth of the Sons by Joseph Sousa, at the Cherry Lane Theater, examines family and faith from the perspective of two brothers, each vying to be the one regarded as successful by the rest of their family – and in one’s case, his God. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” Aunt Dan, and Searching for Humanity through Theater

During recent visits to the theater, two plays have raised questions about how our society confronts and copes with our basic animal instincts, and the complicity of individuals in destructive acts performed by their societies. They’ve also presented complex existential arguments about the limits of communication and the need to be satisfied by what is, rather than by what one wishes could be. The two plays? Rajiv Joseph’s current Broadway production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, starring Robin Williams, and Buffalo, NY theater company Torn Space’s production of Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan & Lemon. Continue reading

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