Fireflies – A Firestorm That Transforms

Fireflies is Donja R. Love’s second play of his trilogy dealing with queer love through black history. It is set in the South just after the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls and, I warn you, this play is intense. Behind every man is a great woman and in Fireflies that woman is the…

Smokey Joe’s Cafe –  it’s smoking hot

Sometimes you need to give yourself over to the music. In a spur of the moment decision I bought a ticket to see the revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe with music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This prolific duo wrote some of our most famous rock pop, soul, R&B, gospel and doo-wop music over…

Harry Clarke – double names, a double life

I have not seen Harry Clarke in its new incarnation at the Minetta Lane Theatre, but I did see it when it opened a few months ago at the Vineyard Theater. David Cale’s Harry Clarke and Billy Crudup’s performance are one of a kind and one for the books. As a nerdy Midwesterner Philip (Billy…

Good for Otto – was not so good for me

There is a lot going on in David Rabe’s Good for Otto, a play about the trials and tribulations of treating mental illness. Fourteen actors and, at least as many, theatergoers seated on stage is a lot to process. In fact too much to process. Set somewhere in northwest Connecticut, Dr. Michaels (Ed Harris) and…

Hangmen – Gallows Humor

Luckily for us the Atlantic Theater extended the run of Hangmen so we had the opportunity to see Martin McDonagh’s comedic tragedy. While this play may not appeal to everyone (just as McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had its share of fans and detractors) Hangmen is fun once you get into the rhythm of…