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Engagements

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Written by Leslye Headland
Directed by Trip Cullman
Second Stage Theatre
July 27, 2016
Production website
๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

ย This is a chick-flick without the โ€œflickโ€ – and what was left – wasnโ€™t much. Theatre is a rather sacred space to me. It is place to do a kind of art that is unique to live performance and would never be able to successfully translate into film or TV. When you write for the stage, you should really want to USE THE STAGE. This play just didnโ€™t need the stage. It could have done all it did with film or television. A live audience was not needed. Continue reading Engagements

2 by Tennessee Williams

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by Tennessee Williams
starring Katheryn Luce Garfunkel
directed by Marilyn Fried
St. Lukes Theatre
July 17, 2016
Production website

๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

I am caught in a vortex of bad theatre. I am rethinking my whole idea of checking tdf.com for discount tickets. โ€œYou get what you pay for.โ€ >> I am truly learning it this week! ย The motivator to see this production was that I have taught the one act plays that are part of the collection of Tennessee Williams one act anthology, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton for over 20 years. It is my favorite group of short plays that teach good sound playwriting structure. The kids do NOT think they will love these โ€œoldโ€ plays – but after a bit of study – they love them. I was excited to see these seldom done gems by pros! Continue reading 2 by Tennessee Williams

Lucie Pohl: Aโ€pohlโ€calypse Now!

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Written and performed by Lucie Pohl
Directed by Jessi D. Hill (although I am not sure how this works when she simply stood at a microphone and talked for 60 minutes)
59E59 Theaters
July 14, 2016
Production website

๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

I love the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. I have been lucky enough to have attended twice and I canโ€™t wait to get back for more. It is so exciting to see theatre done in every square inch of the city! ย Theatre 5959 brings some of those events to its theatre in July as they prepare to pack their bags and head to Scotland for the festival in August. It’s is a great place to truly see the good, bad and ugly of performance art and theatre. It is all about the no-budget, no-setting, living a dream kind of theatre. Continue reading Lucie Pohl: Aโ€pohlโ€calypse Now!

Shining City

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book by Conor McPherson
with Matthew Broderick
directed by Ciaran O’Reilly
Irish Repertory Theatre
June 25, 2016
Production website

๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

I love the wonderful ghost stories of Conor McPherson – but, lordy, I didnโ€™t find much to enjoy here. Matthew Broderick, in the pivotal role , just falls flat for me. I couldnโ€™t figure out if he was a flat and plastic actor content to just be himself for this withdrawn character or whether he was actually working to be flat and plastic – but the result was certainly flat and plastic. Continue reading Shining City

Straight

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written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola
and directed by Adam Sandberg
Acorn Theatre
March 21, 2016
Production websiteย 
๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5

Gay plays scare me. I am so worried every time that I buy my tickets for a gay play I am going to see a second rate play. First off, I am a bit taken back by the very term โ€œgay play.โ€ I am thinking that by now the role of gay characters should be so assimilated into culture that there is no need for the โ€œgay play.โ€ That being said, many gay people, especially gay men love their gay theatre. Continue reading Straight