October, 2010

St Nicholas : McPherson the theatre critic does hallowe’en at the Cube

Reviewed by Alvina Ruprecht


McPherson’s theatre critic, who remains nameless, joins the ranks of the great tradition of hard drinking Irishmen connected with the theatre, the most famous one being no doubt, award winning playwright Brendan Behan whose works were never performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin (mentioned several times by our on stage critic) but whose legendary drinking took over his life and killed him at 41.


The Method Gun:

Reviewed by Jane Baldwin

Following on the heels of the Tectonic Theater’s powerful Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later at ArtsEmerson, the Rude Mechs’ The Method Gun was something of a letdown.  Much like the Tectonic Theater Project, the Austin, Texas based Rude Mechs (short for the Rude Mechanicals as in Midsummer Night’s  Dream) are a collective, but one with different interests.  The Tectonics focus on political and social issues, the Rude Mechs – judging by this performance – on parody, movement, and spectacle.

At the same time, the two companies draw on similar techniques, which have their base in epic theatre:  visual projections, story-telling, directly addressing the audience, and stepping out of character, both to set up the plot and replace transitions. (more…)

Melodramatic nonsense rather than stylish comedy says Iris Boston of this piece at Kanata Theatre.

Reviewed by Iris Winston

story by a famous writer sounds like a good idea. But when the story itself is not one of that author’s best (that may be the reason that it is so obscure) the adapter is likely to face credibility issues with the script.

The short story in question is Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. In it, Oscar Wilde mocks frauds and confidence tricksters in the “fate” industry (palm readers, telepathists, spiritualists) and takes a tongue-in-cheek look at a gentleman’s approach to doing his duty. Wilde follows the pattern perfected in his classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, written four years later in 1895, making much of the insignificant and minimizing the value of important matters. The approach is just does not as effective in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.


The Laramie Project Ten Years Later. A long process that gained the admiration of the whole community.

Reviewed by Jane Baldwin

ArtsEmerson, a new and exciting theatre project has come to Boston.  Emerson College, a school of the arts and communication, which has acquired and renovated four downtown theatre spaces, inaugurated an annual season of American and international productions – seventeen in all for 2010-2011.  The series began in September with the Tectonic Theater’s The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.


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