The Qualms


The Qualms
written by Bruce Norris
directed by Pam MacKinnon
Playwrights Horizons
July 5, 2015

Production websiteΒ  Β  Β πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

I came in expecting to hate this play and simply found myself riveted. The plot is simple: four couples of varied sexual backgrounds get together in a beautiful beach home to have a swingers sex party! I was thinking I was going to hear a lot of provocative talk and some, if not a lot of deliciously gratuitous nudity. But, no! The sex party turned out to be as strained and mundane as you might imagine your parents would give. Yech! I get it. Condoms are thrown around as confetti but never used for their given purpose. Lots of sex talk resolved itself into talk of parking difficulties outside the beach home and thoughts on food delivery in the area. Continue reading The Qualms

The Beginnings of the Blog

The following fifteen play mini-reviews are from plays that I saw the summer of 2015 BEFORE I decided to create this journal of impressions.Β  I apologize for them being quite brief and void of any critical thinking or specifics.Β  Unfortunately, much of what went down in the play is now lost in the compost of my theatrical memories.Β  But I did want to come clean with the extent of my addiction (and this is for this summer only!) and perhaps let you know something of my bias and opinions.

June 5, 2015

Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2


Wolf Hall parts 1 & 2
by Hillary Mantel
adapted my Mike Poulton
directed by Jeremy Herrin
Winter Garden Theatre
July 4, 2015

Production websiteΒ  Β  Β πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

Fourth of July and I am sitting here with the Brits for a full day (near 6 hours) of King Henry VIII and his relationship challenges. This massive work was really quite perfect for the Fourth of July! Told in two parts separated by a dinner break, I took off my shoes, curled my legs and hunkered down for a delicious piece of this history. Smartly so, the set was black and grey and stark and ready to put all of the attention on the characters – not their world. Unlike most tellings of this piece of history, Wolf Hall focuses on the role that Crowell played as he goes from minor player to the puppet-master himself. Continue reading Wolf Hall, Parts 1 & 2

The Sound and the Fury

Sound Furty

The Sound and the Fury
text by William Faulkner
created and performed by Elevator Repair Service
directed by John Collins
Public Theatre
June 30, 2015

Production website.Β  Β  Β πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ Β out of 5. Β My brain hurts.

Wow! Expressionism simmer down! The theatre company Elevator Repair Service never to be blamed for making safe choices, is tackling The Sound and the Fury? Come on! Adapted for the opening section, the one told by the β€œidiot” β€” a man who had been β€œ3 years old for 30 years.” This incredibly dense play demands a reader’s patience as a character picks up an actual copy of the Faulkner novel and begins to read it – – and from the reading comes character – and from the character we going on an epic expressionistic roller coaster. Imagine expressionism through the eyes of a three your old child?! Continue reading The Sound and the Fury