We go to the theater to be challenged. Should we be warned when the subject matter may be difficult or remind us of unpleasant experiences?
Is red a color, is it a feeling? John Logan’s Red challenges us to go deeper into what it means to really look at art for both the artist and the audience.
It’s hard to get over your first Elizabeth Bennet (Greer Garson) and Mr. Darcy (Laurence Olivier), but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adds two more candidates to my list of favorites.
Clara Bow was “the It Girl,” a flapper with an indefinable sexual something, but we know very little else about her. In reviving her, do we risk turning her into one more cliché of the starlet victimized by the system? Are we using her for our own purposes and once again robbing her of her own voice?
Once again, a play from the ’40s offers us alcoholism and mental illness as ripe topics for comedy. In Harvey at the Walnut Street Theatre, an alcoholic dreamer draws us into his world and makes us believe in imaginary friends. After all, when life gets hard, who doesn’t want to escape reality?
Thanks to social media and a celebrity-obsessed culture, today’s iconic personages manage to transcend their peccadillos, and sometimes even their crimes, to stay relevant and bankable. Oscar Wilde, though, is relegated to a historical question mark about why he seems to have played a part in his own destruction.
Smart people don’t necessarily discuss difficult topics, but they do bring intelligence to whatever topic they approach. Stoppard’s new play, The Hard Problem, depicts smart people talking about smart topics, but it could use a bit more humanity to get us to care.
With all we know about the challenges of relationships with alcoholics, Eugene O’Neill’s depiction of an alcoholic con man in love and the woman who cares for him still resonates with tragic impossibility.
The Wilma Theater is reinventing itself inside and out. With a new name and upgraded façade, a café open to the public, new rehearsal space, and a training program for a resident company of actors, the theater wants to transform how theater is made and how it interacts with the community in which it resides.
Are glitzy, booze-soaked New Year’s Eve bashes not quite your speed? Don’t worry, there’s still time to find a culturally discriminating event and celebrate 2016 with style.