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…

Steve – sexts, lies, and show tunes

We’ve reviewed plays that open windows into cultures we’re unfamiliar with. Often we’re left to wonder if what we’re seeing on stage is really representative of that culture, a broadly played interpretation or just the figment of a playwright’s imagination. After seeing Steve, I was left wondering, and not in a productive way, if gay…

Rasheeda Speaking – why can’t we all get along?

Theater can be pure entertainment, heavy drama, or both. Rasheeda Speaking falls into the latter category. Playwright Joel Drake Johnson takes a heavy topic, racism, sprinkles in liberal doses of humor, and as an audience we both think and laugh as we wonder about our own preconceived notions and why we all can’t get along.…

Sticks and Bones – had me wanting to throw stones

In David Rabe’s revival of his 1971 anti-war play Sticks and Bones, Ozzie, Harriet, Dave and Ricky are back. At first they are the perky, smiling automatons we remember, but then Dave comes home from Vietnam blind and suffering from PTSD. For the next three hours you get to watch this “perfect” family unravel and…