Category: All the world’s a stage

Small Mouth Sounds and Not Much Dialogue Either

Small Mouth Sounds and Not Much Dialogue Either

 

Photo Nile Scott Studios

Small Mouth Sounds now playing at Boston’s SpeakEasy is influenced by the personal experience of its playwright Bess Wohl who underwent the rigors of a silent retreat. The six characters that arrive at the retreat mostly alone seem to be there to change and better their lives during their five day stay. Since speech plays a relatively small role, the actors often use a form of mime to make themselves clear and the audience often needs to use guesswork to follow the action. Though the characters’ names appear in the program, they are not spoken.

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Barber Shop Chronicles: Man Talk in a Man’s World

Barber Shop Chronicles: Man Talk in a Man’s World

Barbershop Chronicles   Photo Ryan Hartford

Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles, his first full-length play, was a smash-hit when it opened in London in 2017. It was co-commissioned by the National Theatre and Fuel, an organization which works with new artists to present unusual plays that will both appeal to today’s audiences and introduce live theatre to those who have not experienced it.

Ellams who was born in Nigeria and moved to Great Britain as a young boy returned to Africa to research Barber Shop Chronicles. He visited barber shops in Lagos, Nigeria; Kampala, Uganda; Accra, Ghana; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Harare, Zimbabwe recording conversations to help develop his play which deals with black masculinity in today’s world. A barber shop in London, where Ellams resides, appears after each African scene.

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Breath and Imagination: The Rediscovery of Roland Hayes

Breath and Imagination: The Rediscovery of Roland Hayes

 

Photo Marc. S. Howard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breath and Imagination is a musical, composed and written by Daniel Beaty, largely based on the life of Roland Hayes, the first African American to achieve international fame on the concert stage. Born in Georgia in 1887 on a plantation where his mother had been a slave, he grew up in poverty. After his father’s untimely death, Hayes left school to help support his mother, Angel Mo’ (short for Angel Mother). What set Roland Hayes apart was his beautiful tenor voice.

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Anthony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre Live Jan. 19

Anthony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre Live Jan. 19

An epic production filled with passion’ (Guardian)

Up next in cinemas is the National Theatre’s smash-hit, five-star production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of politics, passion and power.
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo have just won the UK’s prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress for their performances.
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
In cinemas from December 6
A National Theatre production
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Ménoires d’îles, d’Ina Césaire

Ménoires d’îles, d’Ina Césaire

— Par Selim Lander —

Ina Césaire, née en 1942, quatrième enfant d’Aimé et Suzanne Césaire, est connue en dehors de ses œuvres littéraires pour ses travaux ethnographiques sur la Martinique. Mémoires d’îles peut être considérée comme un sous-produit de ces derniers, tant l’auteur s’y entend à faire vivre des personnages plus vrais que nature, ici deux vieilles femmes nées à la fin du XIXe siècle, avec leur préjugés, leurs obsessions, leurs tics de langage.

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Wet: A dacamented journey: living as an undocumented immigrant.

Wet: A dacamented journey: living as an undocumented immigrant.

Photo Ray Shaw

Alex Alpharaoh has brought WET: A DACAmented Journey, his moving, comic, and political one-man show, to ArtsEmerson in Boston at the end of his first cross-country tour. This autobiographical piece could not be more timely given the strong animosity against Latinos, particularly the poor, that exists in the Trump administration. The work, directed by Brisa Areli Muños, was first enacted in 2017 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in Los Angeles where it was highly successful. The Los Angeles Drama Circle nominated WET for best play and awarded Alpharaoh the prize for best solo performance.

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tchekhov

B=Notes de travail….en cours…!!!

le Groupe Grrrr sous la direction de Susana Lastreto est profondément marqué par le théâtre de Lecoq, par les travaux de Peter Brook et les créations qui placent l,acteur au centre de l’événement. voici ce qui frappe le spectateur du premier coup, surtout dans la petite espace de l’Atalante câchée derrier le théâtre de l’Atelier qui nous projette tous dans cette intimité  joyeuse.

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Festival des Francophonies en Limousin. International francophone theatre in all its diversity.

Festival des Francophonies en Limousin. International francophone theatre in all its diversity.

Sainte dérivée des trottoirs Photo Antoine LeGall

 

This new international festival in Limoges  created in  1984 by Pierre DeBauche after the Avignon Festival refused to accept a production of  Shakespeare  proposed by Martinique, put in place a  new  relationship with international Francophone  theatre. One could  say that Aimé Césaire’s first decision in Martinique, to create the Théâtre de la Soif nouvelle in  1982, giving voice to the Negritude in companies around the world,  gave a serious impetus to the creation of the festival in Limoges.

Hassane Kouyaté
New Director of the Festival in Limoges dans Actu, Limoges, Théâtre /par Dossier de presse

 

Monique Blin became the director of the new Festival in France with the support of director Patrick Le Muff who returned again this year (2018) to present a play by Nathalie Sarraute- Pour un oui ou un non, in a production with a  creole-speaking cast of   mixed ethnicity  from Martinique, the sign that times have  certainly changed.

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Blue Kettle and Here We Go: A First Rate Revival of Two of Caryl Churchill’s Plays

Blue Kettle and Here We Go: A First Rate Revival of Two of Caryl Churchill’s Plays

            Blue Kettle Photo Evgenia Eliseeva

Here We Go Photo Evgenia Eliseeva

The Boston Commonwealth Shakespeare Company began life as a summer program over twenty years ago when they began performing free outdoor Shakespearean events on the Boston Common. In 2013, the company broadened their productions and extended their season when they were invited to become Babson College’s Theatre in Residence. Under the title Universe Rushing Apart, the company is currently presenting two Caryl Churchill one-acts: Blue Kettle, first performed in 1997 and Here We Go, which débuted at the National Theatre in London in 2015.

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