Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl–17 Aug. 2019

Sarah Ruhl is one of contemporary American theatre’s best and brightest, so I was very much looking forward to seeing Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Unfortunately, the MT Pockets production of the play was extremely disappointing. The play itself is good, but the performance was a letdown. Ruhl’s play follows a fairly non-descript woman named Jean, … Continue reading Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl–17 Aug. 2019

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A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt–8 Aug. 2019

*For full disclosure, I worked as dramaturg for this production* Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons is a complex, philosophical play grounded in history, theology, philosophy, ethics, and existentialism. But it’s one of the best plays of the 20th century. Bolt’s play is dynamic and challenging, raising issues that are not only relevant for … Continue reading A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt–8 Aug. 2019

The Duchess (of Malfi), by Zinnie Harris–28 May 2019

The Duchess of Malfi was originally a Jacobean play by John Webster—one of the best early modern plays, in my opinion. But what Zinnie Harris has done with her new version is amazing. She has kept the dark, violent, misogynistic themes of the original, but updated it to feel fresh, contemporary, and even (perhaps surprisingly) … Continue reading The Duchess (of Malfi), by Zinnie Harris–28 May 2019

Class, by Iseult Golden and David Horan–21 May 2019

Set in a contemporary Irish school, Iseult Golden and David Horan’s Class is a gripping play about the many differences that divide us and shape our social interactions—especially class, gender, and education. The Bush Theatre’s original production, directed by the authors, was an excellent show, driven by high tension and complex characters. The play is … Continue reading Class, by Iseult Golden and David Horan–21 May 2019

Mother Courage and Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht–28 Apr. 2019

Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece Mother Courage and Her Children is one of the great examples of Brecht’s epic theatre style, and the Juniata College production (directed by Chris Staley) put Brechtian alienation techniques at center stage. In its rather rough self-consciousness, the performance would almost certainly make Brecht proud.   The play tells the story of … Continue reading Mother Courage and Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht–28 Apr. 2019