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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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On the Tip of Your Tongue

There is a crack running down the dining room wall.  Deborah (De’Adre Aziza) tries to hide it, to cover it up with—of all things—Ellis Wilson’s Funeral Procession.  Some of the floorboards are rotting, too, so she moves the table over those.  You see, Deborah lives the politics of respectability; all flaws must be covered up.  […]

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Fix Me

Transformation has been the only constant of Bob Dylan’s career.  Yet there are clear strains of American mythology throughout his body of work, from his early idolization of Woody Guthrie to peak-year releases like John Wesley Harding.  It can even be found in his born again years and embrace of gospel.  In “Gotta Serve Somebody,” his […]

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Vienna Waits for You

The Elevator Repair Service is best known for their radical minimalist productions; perhaps their most famous is Gatz, an eight-hour reading of The Great Gatsby in its entirety.  I was admittedly ambivalent, then, about their Measure for Measure: would director John Collins and his cast and crew suit the text to the concept or the concept to […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Shakespeare in the Park 2014

“Like one swallow,” wrote John Simon when reviewing the premiere of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, “one Shakespeare does not make a summer.”  Fortunately, for the first time since 2011, Shakespeare in the Park is eschewing musicals for two revivals from the Bard.  This year, they are presenting Much Ado About Nothing (June 3 – July 6) and King Lear (July 22 – […]

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Grub First, Then Ethics

“Alienation” does not always mean “unpleasantness,” and yet that is the general consensus among lousy directors of Brecht.  For these people, if it’s fun, it’s not being done right.  What a delightful revelation, then, to discover the Foundry Theatre’s Good Person of Szechwan.  This is a carnival of a production that, as the playwright dictates, is […]

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