Reviews

Exotic America

Soft Power, the new musical by David Henry Hwang, is about sixteen different shows stuffed into one, so bear with me here. It begins with the playwright himself (Francis Jue), who is approached by Xūe Xíng (Conrad Ricamora), the President for North America of Dragon Entertainment Group, to adapt the Chinese comedy Jiāng Cuò Jiù […]

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I Started with the Facts

“All this is fact,” Marilynne Robinson writes late in her novel Housekeeping.  “Fact explains nothing.”  In other words, facts are just naked data waiting for interpretation.  It is in that interpretation, in that carving out of a story from the facts, that one reaches truth.  If the facts have to be massaged to reach a greater truth, so […]

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Leaving a Doll’s House

The Madrid is difficult to write about.  It is not good, but it is not bad, either.  It is not interesting, but it is not boring.  It seems to simply exist and it is difficult to imagine anyone in the cast and crew feeling passionately about Liz Flahive’s play or anyone in their audience either […]

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