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An Ol’ Weepin’ Willer Is Laughin’ at Me

A handful of musicians—on the mandolin, the banjo, the fiddle, more bluegrass than the traditional, big-band orchestration—sit onstage, watching and reacting to the action.  Actors enter and exit the barn-like auditorium through the same doors as the audience.  Chili and cornbread are served at intermission.  This Oklahoma!, then, wisely staged at the smaller Circle in […]

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Spit Thy Poison

Founded in 2003, the Red Bull Theater has long been a space space for the Jacobean playwrights who are often ignored by revival companies in favor of their precedessor, Shakespeare.  In recent years, the company has added contemporary works to its roster, including Loot and The Mystery of Irma Vep, but it is nice to […]

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I’m the Daughter of a Father

“In spite of what some people think, this show is actually quite carefully constructed,” Heidi Schreck says about one-third of the way into her play What the Constitution Means to Me.  Audiences might be forgiven for thinking otherwise.   What the Consitution Means to Me begins as a recreation of Schreck’s teenage years, when she would […]

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Not Silence but the Sound of Silence

Leo (Daveed Diggs), an artist living in an unnamed metropolitan city, has been plagued by insomnia since childhood.  His best friend, Ralph (Thomas Sadoski), bought him a white noise machine once, and while it helped Leo sleep, it blocked him artistically.  He ditched the machine, and the insomnia came back—but not the work.  When Leo […]

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Any Baggage You Don’t Claim, We Trash

We open with an esctatic funeral celebration led by the Jheri-curled Pastor Freeman (Marchánt Davis).  Esctatic because Barack Obama has just won the presidency, and therefore Freeman is burying not only Righttocomplain, another victim of white supremacy, but their “suffering as people in this wretched land.”  From now on, “the President of these United States […]

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