Though Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive first debuted in 1997 and takes place much earlier- in the 1960s- its themes about rape, consent, and the abuse of power are all too relevant today. In fact, in some ways, they seem even more relevant than they did when the show first premiered. PlayMakers Repertory… Continue reading PlayMakers’ Production of How I Learned to Drive Is Difficult But Important
PlayMakers Repertory Company closes its dynamic 2018-19 season with Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned to Drive. This dauntless play cleverly combines a modern-day driver’s education theme with classic Greek drama elements, creating a winding narrative that follows main character Li’l Bit (played by Julia Gibson) throughout her tumultuous life and the… Continue reading A Fascinating and Ultimately Forgiving Journey, PlayMakers Rep’s How I Learned to Drive Hits a Few Potholes Along the Way
The PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Paula Vogel’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned to Drive, tells the story of sexual abuse in the same way an epidemiologist unravels a deadly contagion: tracing its spread backward then forwards, and identifying victims and carriers in such a clinically detached way that you are lulled into… Continue reading Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive at PlayMakers Repertory Company Explores Problems in How Women Are Valued
A meltdown that leads to the loss of a job, a fatal illness, a sex tour of Europe, and a mysterious and somewhat sinister stranger who inexplicably shadows these events are the unlikely ingredients for Pulitzer Prize-winning “How I Learned to Drive” playwright Paula Vogel’s delightfully dark 1992 Off-Broadway comedy, “The Baltimore Waltz,” now playing at Deep Dish Theater Company in Chapel Hill, NC.
A sensation when it opened in Off-Broadway in 1992, “The Baltimore Waltz” by Paula Vogel follows a brother and sister (Jesse R. Gephart and Mary Forester) who flee a frightening medical diagnosis by embarking on a fantastical trip across Europe. A third actor (Kit FitzSimons) plays the quirky characters they encounter, including the Little Dutch Boy (at age 50) and Harry Lime, from the classic movie “The Third Man.”