“Crime and Punishment” at Edgemar Center for the Arts

I sit here frowning. How to approach a critical response to such a work as the theatrical adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment? As a novel, I slogged through it as a teenager, grasping some of it, confounded by the rest. What is the difficulty? It is emotionally stressful, with its depiction of grinding … Continue reading “Crime and Punishment” at Edgemar Center for the Arts

“Diana of Dobson’s” at Antaeus Theatre Company

Antaeus Theatre Company has found treasure in Cicely Hamilton’s 1908 play, Diana of Dobson’s, originally subtitled “A Romantic Comedy in Four Acts.” Some romance, which does not emerge until the second act, is there to be sure, but the overwhelming theme is an exposition of the gross economic and social sexism of the time, with … Continue reading “Diana of Dobson’s” at Antaeus Theatre Company

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” at 24th Street Theatre

It occurred to me that just walking into the 24th Street Theatre gives me a glow of happiness. It began when I pulled into the parking lot and forked over five bucks to a gracious teenager in a 24th Street Theatre t-shirt. Abundant, genuine, smiling teen staffers similarly garbed greeted us at the door and … Continue reading “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” at 24th Street Theatre