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.
October 30, 2010 Saturday at 4:26 pm
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.
October 22, 2010 Friday at 10:38 pm
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.
October 21, 2010 Thursday at 10:51 pm
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.
October 18, 2010 Monday at 10:43 pm