“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” at Odyssey Theatre

The title of Kevin Armento’s play, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, is a reference to the old mnemonic device that is meant to help students remember the order of mathematical operations in solving equations, which I am sure all of you readers will remember as PEMDAS: parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction. It should … Continue reading “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” at Odyssey Theatre

“Walking to Buchenwald” (Die Damen) at Open Fist Theatre Company

Playwright Tom Jacobson’s new play, Walking to Buchenwald, now in production at Open Fist Theatre Company, is thematically complex, weaving together the stories of an elderly couple and their adult child and her long time partner, as they take a trip to Europe. The play is set in the current time after a presidential election … Continue reading “Walking to Buchenwald” (Die Damen) at Open Fist Theatre Company

“Somewhere in the Middle (or Guess Who’s Coming for Passover)” at Crown City Theatre Company

The extended title of playwright/actor/director Gary Lamb’s new work says it all. It lays out the minefield of family relations with a classic hint towards the emotional bomb that will accompany the “Who” of the title. People of a certain age or experience will feel a tingle of recognition that will be confirmed midway through … Continue reading “Somewhere in the Middle (or Guess Who’s Coming for Passover)” at Crown City Theatre Company

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” at Echo Theater Company

The Echo Theater Company mounts a unique program, Nevertheless, She Persisted, five world-premiere short plays by female writers that explore the treatment of women in today’s political climate. Commissioned by Echo Theater for the Echo Associate Company, “a group of young actors who, over the past year, volunteered with the Echo: acting in readings or … Continue reading “Nevertheless, She Persisted” at Echo Theater Company

“Silent Sky” at International City Theatre

At a certain point in Lauren Gunderson’s play, Silent Sky, a turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century professor declares with hubristic certitude that the universe consists solely of the Milky Way galaxy. Henrietta Leavitt, an extraordinary, passionate astronomer, was confined by her gender to the grinding, but important job of “computer,” that is, the examining of photo plates and cataloguing … Continue reading “Silent Sky” at International City Theatre