“Art is Useless When You’re Being Mauled by a Bear” at Loft Ensemble

Sometimes an actor is onstage when the house opens. Sometimes they are hidden, sometimes they are right down front in plain view. In the Loft Ensemble’s production of Art is Useless When You’re Being Mauled by a Bear, a new play by Alisa Tangredi, a woman in dim light (Jennifer Christina Derosa on the evening … Continue reading “Art is Useless When You’re Being Mauled by a Bear” at Loft Ensemble

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”at International City Theatre

As much a searing drama as a vocal concert, Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is the story of Billie Holiday’s life, a life filled with the joy of music and the pain of living in a segregated society that scorned and punished black people for the sin of their very existence. … Continue reading “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”at International City Theatre

“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

“A Kid Like Jake” at IAMA Theatre Company

The opening night audience for Daniel Pearle’s revised version of his 2013 play, A Kid Like Jake, was enthusiastic and laughed a lot. Although there is humor in the play, as all great drama needs comic relief (Macbeth’s drunken Porter; Hamlet’s Grave Digger), this production quickly sucked me into the trying problems of an upwardly-mobile … Continue reading “A Kid Like Jake” at IAMA Theatre Company