“Hir” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

The term “kitchen sink drama,” meaning the gritty, British, working class plays of the late 1950s and early 1960s, could easily be applied to Taylor Mac’s extraordinary black comedy free-for-all, Hir. The term hir “is a gender-neutral, third-person singular object pronoun that replaces the use of him or her,” which points to the gender-bending confusion … Continue reading “Hir” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

“Lysistrata Unbound” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Put aside all expectations of an Aristophanes comedy. Eduardo Machado’s new play, Lysistrata Unbound, is no light-hearted romp about a bunch of Athenian women who cut off all sexual contact with men in order to bring a halt to the endless Peloponnesian Wars. No, this show, under the inspired direction of John Farmanesh-Bocca (Tempest Redux, … Continue reading “Lysistrata Unbound” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

“Freud’s Last Session” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Playwright Mark St. Germain’s extraordinary off-Broadway hit, Freud’s Last Session (suggested by the book The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.) puts the renowned psychoanalyst and confirmed atheist in head-to-head intellectual debate with C. S. Lewis (Martyn Stanbridge), a noted author, Oxford professor and mid-life, Christian convert. In a gripping eighty-minute performance, … Continue reading “Freud’s Last Session” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

“The Dance of Death” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Conor McPherson’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death is a bitter, superbly black comedy, which is said to have inspired such Twentieth Century playwrights as Eugene O’Neill, Jean Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and most notably, Edward Albee, whose now classic play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a direct descendent. Odyssey … Continue reading “The Dance of Death” at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble