Month: February 2011
Like any four-part program of contemporary one-act plays, “Oh Sh!t, It’s Another Evening of One-Act Plays,” presented by Bare Theatre, is a mixed bag. But “The Shakespeare Zone” is a splendid spoof of reality television, TV game shows, commercials, and iconic television series, such as “Law & Order,” “CSI,” etc.
A high-octane national tour, with exuberant musical staging by director Thomas Kail and choreographer by Andy Blankenbuehler and zesty accompaniment by music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and cohorts, hits on all cylinders as it celebrates the Latino immigrant experience in the Washington Heights section of New York City.
Mabou Mines is an institution of the American avant-garde; for 40 years they’ve staged brave new plays and taken ‘startlingly original’ slants on classic texts (Theatre Journal). Their perpetual revolution continues in a two-week residency at Duke, when the innovators prepare a new, dream-vision take on Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” under the direction of the ‘wizard-director’ [Lee] Breuer (New York Times).
The Farrelly brothers’ newest “Hall Pass” – inspired rude romp or unfunny mess? Read on…
“Terminus” is a cycle of three interlocking monologues told in a rhymed blank verse that has as much to do with Irish slang as it does with classic English prosody. Three characters [Olwen Fouéré as A, Catherine Walker as B, and Declan Conlon as C] each tell their stories directly to the audience, surreal narratives full of angels and demons, lust and violence.