Small Mouth Sounds
written by Bess Wohl
directed by Rachel Chavkin
An Ars Nova Production
Pershing Square Signature Theatre
July 23, 2016
💉💉💉💉 out of 5.
This was was perhaps the most profound occurrence of déjà vu that I have ever experiend in the theatre. As my blog mentioned a few weeks ago, I took a week out of my theatre watching to attend a self-actualization weekend in the woods of the Hudson River Valley. We were kept in small cabins without any “luxuries”, fed a diet of grains and vegetables, kept off of any kinds of kinds of technology and, most challenging, kept in total silence for the entire workshop. Continue reading Small Mouth Sounds
Atlantic Stage 2
Written by C.P. Taylor
Directed by Richard Jim Petosa
💉💉💉 out of 5.
Good by C.P. Taylor is a wonderful exploration into justification taken to its extreme. Set against World War II, John Halder, a German college professor is played upon to leave his family and cozy teaching job and join the Nazi party. The play is wildly theatrical as Hitler dances himself in and out of this semi-expressionistic play. John’s mother cries to go the bathroom over and over. John’s wife moans and moans with self-pity. John’s life is clearly and literally going to hell. Continue reading Good
Created by James Graham & Josie Rourke
Written by James Graham
Dircted by Josie Rourke
Starring Daniel Radcliffe
The Public Theatre in association with Donmar Warehouse
July 20, 2016
💉💉💉💉💉 out of 5.
My mind is blown. What the hell just happened? It was a technological “take me to church” experience.
Example: Take out your cell phone. Do it now! Open Google. In the search box type only the following – and do not hit enter. “IS IT WRONG TO”. What you will see is a half a dozen possibilities that Google is assuming that you want to see. But how is this assumption made? Hum? It has been watching and recording every single thing that you have done on your phone and – – it knows. It knows. Continue reading Privacy
No End to Blame: Scenes of Overcoming
PTP/NYC [Potomac Theatre Project]
Atlantic Stage 2
Written by Howard Baker
Directed by Richard Romagnoli
💉💉💉💉 out of 5.
God it is great to see a good play with actors that work WITH each other and CARE, CARE, CARE about what they are saying. No End to Blame is that play. After a string of weak plays, I was thrilled. I kicked off my shoes, curled up in my seat, and “willingly suspended my disbelief.” Continue reading No End to Blame
Behind the Mast
By Annie Pulsipher
directed by John Moriarty
17th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival
July 18, 2016
No 💉 rating. This is about workshopping a new play
It was so fun to turn back time and return to my days at Penn State as an MFA Playwright. Every night was spent in a “theatre” more correctly called “storage room” working a script over and over to see if there is was any hope to see something flourish in the five minutes to warrant exploring it to take it to ten minutes. It was never about getting it “right.” It was about “getting it up.” Continue reading Behind the Mask