“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 Mother of Henry” at Latino Theater Company

Under the direction of José Luis Valenzuela, Latino Theater Company resident playwright Evelina Fernández’ new work, The Mother of Henry, is a complex concoction that can bemuse an audience at first with its stylistic, choreographed set changes, some broadly played characters, and a tall, angel-winged guitarist (Robert J. Revell) who expertly plays and sings some … Continue reading “The Mother of Henry” at Latino Theater Company