“The Abuelas” at Antaeus Theatre Company

As I was absorbing Stephanie Alison Walker’s new play, The Abuelas, a song burbled up in my fevered brain. It was “Desaparecido,” from Spanish singer-songwriter Manu Chao’s debut album, Clandestino. Back in the miserable Seventies, a brutal military junta took power in Argentina. Anyone who opposed this coup were told “to make themselves invisible, or … Continue reading “The Abuelas” at Antaeus Theatre Company

“A Kid Like Jake” at IAMA Theatre Company

The opening night audience for Daniel Pearle’s revised version of his 2013 play, A Kid Like Jake, was enthusiastic and laughed a lot. Although there is humor in the play, as all great drama needs comic relief (Macbeth’s drunken Porter; Hamlet’s Grave Digger), this production quickly sucked me into the trying problems of an upwardly-mobile … Continue reading “A Kid Like Jake” at IAMA Theatre Company

“Treya’s Last Dance” at Hudson Guild Theatre

In Treya’s Last Dance, actress/playwright Shyam Bhatt delivers with boundless energy a one-woman show that is filled with joy, angst, laughs and sadness—the whole gamut of human experience as rendered in the story of one human being. Treya is a young, native-born Londoner of Indian extraction. She is smart, glib, and bubbling with energy, as … Continue reading “Treya’s Last Dance” at Hudson Guild Theatre

“The Edgar Allan Show” at The Two Roads Theatre

The Edgar Allan Show won my heart the moment the house opened and I entered into the snug little Two Roads Theatre in Studio City. There on stage a vigorous young woman (Nika H. Mabson) was tapping her heart out with shuffle-hop-step-fa-lap-ball-changes and a delightful array of many other well-known terpsichorean routines. In my enthusiasm, … Continue reading “The Edgar Allan Show” at The Two Roads Theatre