“Please Don’t Ask About Becket” at Sacred Fools Theater Black Box

In Wendy Graf’s new play, Please Don’t Ask About Becket, fraternal twins, Becket (Hunter Garner) and Emily (Rachel Seiferth)—best friends, tight as ticks, each the other’s half—inevitably grow apart as they mature into teenage, young adult and beyond. Becket is handsome, smart and gifted. He loves music, can play a guitar and sing and compose. … Continue reading “Please Don’t Ask About Becket” at Sacred Fools Theater Black Box

“Doubt, A Parable” at International City Theatre

According to Merriam –Webster, a “parable is a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson.” What John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning, Tony award winning play, Doubt, has to teach, leaves an audience pondering long after the curtain call. Set in a Catholic school and the adjoining church in The Bronx, New York … Continue reading “Doubt, A Parable” at International City Theatre

“As Straw before the Wind” at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex

In the global conflict known as World War II, the most devastating effects were felt in Europe and Asia. In Asia, the Japanese Empire brutalized China and Korea, as well as South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, most significantly, the Philippines. There, nearly one million Filipinos were cruelly slain by the Japanese forces, of … Continue reading “As Straw before the Wind” at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex

“The How and the Why” at Little Fish Theatre

The secrets in Sarah Treem’s intriguing intellectual drama, The How and the Why, reveal themselves with tantalizing slowness. Into the office of an academic busy at her work, a young woman enters softly, tentatively. We eventually learn that her name is Rachel (Natalie Beisner), and the academic is Zelda (Mary Wickliffe), an evolutionary biologist. It … Continue reading “The How and the Why” at Little Fish Theatre

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” at Little Fish Theatre

Playwright Gina Gionfriddo makes feminist theory dramatic in her cunningly titled play, Rapture, Blister, Burn, now running at Little Fish Theatre. Smart people with the not-terribly-unusual angst of modern-day, everyday life, deal with regret, ennui, alcoholism and desire couched in terms of the ancient conundrum of gender, its dynamics, expectations and reality. Three college chums … Continue reading “Rapture, Blister, Burn” at Little Fish Theatre

“Titus Andronicus” at Theatricum Botanicum

Especially apt in this time of political turmoil, Shakespeare’s earliest, bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, is so grim that it sometimes crosses over the line into black comedy. Replete with the horrors of hacked off limbs, brutal rape, cannibalism, outrageous cruelty and devilish wickedness three centuries in advance of the Gran Guignol of Paris, this was … Continue reading “Titus Andronicus” at Theatricum Botanicum