“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

“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 Cripple of Inishmaan” at Antaeus Theatre Company

Once again, the incomparable Antaeus Theatre Company has given theatregoers a brilliant revival of an exquisite play, this time with Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which opened in London in1996, and was subsequently produced in New York and Los Angeles in 1998. Set in the small Aran Island community of Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) in … Continue reading “The Cripple of Inishmaan” at Antaeus Theatre Company

“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at Antaeus Theatre Company

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Choderlos de Laclo’s famous novel of the scandalous doings of a certain set of amoral French aristocrats published in 1782 ten years before the bloody French Revolution, brought in a new kind of character. According to novelist Andre Malraux, the characters created by Laclos were “without precedent.” Christopher Hampton’s theatrical adaptation … Continue reading “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at Antaeus Theatre Company