The Band’s Visit – You’ll be Glad You Stopped By

  Poignant. Lyrical. Life-affirming. The Band’s Visit is all those things packed into a 90 minute show. This is not a musical with rousing songs and a large ensemble. Rather we’re treated to  the story of people coming together through an act of happenstance — people who live quiet lives but dream big. The Band’s…

Theater Post-Election

The best theater is thought-provoking. Sure, there are escapist musicals which we all need (now more than ever). But walking out of a theater, whether you’ve been laughing or crying, humming tunes or remembering a particular phrase, the show and performances stick with you, challenge you and leave a lasting impression — that is more…

Whorl Inside a Loop – Stories as Individual as Fingerprints

A white woman of some privilege begins to volunteer at a men’s maximum security prison. She’s an actress and leads the six inmates in a class where they learn to dramatize their stories.  Just to get into prison brings nervousness and misunderstandings – the Volunteer (as she is known) can’t wear an underwire bra, can’t…

The Way We Get By – That’s some morning after

Boy and girl see each other across a crowded room. They have fantastic (drunken) sex. Awkward conversation ensues the early morning after. Both seem to want to have sex again but then the boy becomes quite hesitant. More awkward conversation & then a big reveal. Does (and should) the one-night stand between Doug and Beth…

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…