“Rorschach Fest—Inkblot A: Ghosts” at Open Fist Theatre

John O’Keefe’s short play, Ghosts, shares a title with the searing domestic drama that caused an uproar in certain circles back in the late 19th Century. Ibsen’s play had the unsavory elements of incest, venereal disease, philandering, and more. O’Keefe’s play concerns the dead. And a lively bunch of dead they are. They are confused … Continue reading “Rorschach Fest—Inkblot A: Ghosts” at Open Fist Theatre

“Rorschach Fest—Inkblot B” at Open Fist Theatre

The valuable and venerable Open Fist Theatre Company opens its 30th Anniversary season with Rorschach Fest, a series of unique plays by playwrights known and little known. The performances are cataloged as Inkblot A, Inkblot B, and Inkblot C, and require the committed theatre-goer to return to the Atwater Village Theatre three times to experience … Continue reading “Rorschach Fest—Inkblot B” at Open Fist Theatre

“One Year Later” at Open Fist Theatre Company

Open Fist is excellent in producing a show of what they call pop-ups, that is, really short plays that are serious, comic, and deeply thought provoking. The sketches express the currents of social and political reality. Last year, the company produced Welcome to Your Alternative Reality, which dealt with the angst of the incomprehensible advent … Continue reading “One Year Later” at Open Fist Theatre Company

“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

“Welcome to Your Alternative Reality” at Open Fist Theatre Company

Angsty times we live in these days, with Donald Trump in the White House. Some of my more conservative friends still cheer him on. One of my oldest friends thinks that his speech in Poland was magnificent. If it was, he was delivering words some one else wrote. No crime certainly, politicians have speechwriters. But … Continue reading “Welcome to Your Alternative Reality” at Open Fist Theatre Company