Off the Wall Productions has started their season off strong with the production of The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs. If this show is any hint at what the rest of the season has to bring, then in my opinion, audiences are in for a treat.
There are a lot of things to think about after seeing Outside Mullingar. The new play by John Patrick Shanley (author of the fantastic Doubt) deals with themes of getting older, planning ahead for life, unrequited love, and death. It's a lot to think about for sure, but it's presented in such a light fashion that these themes are only subtly presented to the audience.
The Glass Menagerie is set in the small apartment of the fatherless Wingfield family, comprised of Amanda and her two children, Tom and Laura. Tom spends his days working a job at a shoe factory, scribbling stories and poems whenever he finds time, whilst his mother spends her days peddling magazine subscriptions over the phone to who one can assume are sickly old women. Laura is an anxious young woman with no occupation to speak of.
There's a superstition in the theater world that saying the word "Macbeth" in a theater will lead to something bad happening to the production, rumored because real witches cursed the script. So either the PICT Classic Theatre company was very careful in their rehearsal process or the superstition is a load, because they delivered a great production of Shakespeare's famous tragedy that definitely doesn't seem cursed.
This week begins the second of a three week run for Little Lake Theater’s production of the 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley, Doubt: A Parable. The show, turned movie in 2008, illustrates the struggles of a Bronx parish priest and his effort to bring the Catholic Church to a more modern era with the opposition from the school’s principal. As one could imagine, uncertainty (aka doubt) is the main theme that binds these characters together,
I grew up on a small farm. It wasn't an "up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows" situation, but I've loaded my share of hay bales into the barn. I was not a true farmer in any definition of the word, but it was hard work. While I moved away and left farming life behind, I can still look back and remember all the sweaty July evenings where I thought we'd never finish loading all those heavy hay bales.
What's my point in this bit of nostalgia? Just that I find actors playing farm people incredibly weird.
Bus stops, those dreadful asylums for awkward stares and weather talk, are not a place of insight, a place of harbor, nor a place for incredibly meaningful conversation. Odd, then, that everybody seems to know everything about each other and yet nothing about life in “Bus Stop,” by William Inge. The play, presented by The Summer Company and directed by Justin Sines, runs on August 28-30 and may be worth your time.
Sitting down to write this review of Parade, the one word I can’t get out of my head is “injustice”. As I watched this fabulous production about a man arrested and charged for a crime he did not commit in 1913, my mind couldn’t help but think about the similar events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. Now the cases of Leo Frank and Michael Brown aren’t exactly the same, but the general themes are there: a man is unjustly killed for committing no crime, but rather is a victim of prejudice and racism.
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