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A Shipment of Questions

I just came into contact with the script for Young Jean Lee’s Lear.  The play, for those unfamiliar with it, begin as a loose adaptation of King Lear that loosens and loosens until the very idea of theatre is questioned, actors leave the stage for prolonged periods of time, and a Sesame Street episode is […]

we’re all fighting monsters

I just wrote an analysis of She Kills Monsters, and I wanted to address a tangent here that simply wouldn’t fit there.  In the notes and first draft of the other post, I wrote: Reality is unfulfilling. But we can still be fulfilled. I think that notion is incredibly important to think about in the […]

The Many Worlds of She Kills Monsters

This weekend I attended Company One’s She Kills Monsters.  The play, by Qui Nguyen, is a story of sisters.  It’s not that simple: it’s also a story of high-school, violence, Dungeons & Dragons, the 1990s, romance, commitment, regret, and gelatinous cubes. There are many reasons why the production was [and is– playing through May 11] […]

Gender Guilt and Programming

As I’ve alluded to before, I’m the President of a student theatre group.  As such, we are in a weird place when it comes to season planning.  We don’t have an artistic director, and our group’s mission lacks direct connections to the plays we produce.  So long as it isn’t a Broadway musical, we have […]

Emergence at ArtsEmerson

I saw Daniel Beaty’s Emergency on its closing afternoon Sunday at ArtsEmerson.  The work is a one-man play with over 25 characters– Beaty plays a hundreds-of-years-old spirit, an 11-year-old girl with AIDS, a father and his two sons, four poets in the finals of a poetry competition, and more in service of the story he […]

sexism UNPACKED

 When I’m not doing things in theatre or literature, my fallback is tech.  I do do theatre tech and love stage lights and sound, but I specifically enjoy following the consumer tech space to escape from the bubble of theatre in which I live.  Those worlds converged last week in Samsung’s unveiling of its upcoming […]

Off With His Headline: Misogynistic Framing

Back when I was doing journalism, we’d learn that contrary to conventions of literature, your attention-grabbing cannot really happen in your introduction.  Your first sentence is meant to convey as much relevant information as possible; your hookspace is really only your headline.  Take an economy of language and grab people in to make them read […]

All Things Equations: Sliding Scales + Audience Analytics

  I’m probably late to the game in noticing this exists, but I was struck by this infographic on the New York Times website: it essentially allows ‘their critics’ to recommend plays based on the results of one button and three sliding scales.  What I realized is that the program is merely a crude form […]

Custom Languages

I was reading Dead City by Sheila Callaghan the other day, and one of the first things that struck me was a note– in the work, slashes indicate exact points of interruption.  Customized and specialized punctuation and language conventions seem to pop up frequently in contemporary plays.  The Method Gun (by Rude Mechs) has a […]

Lacking a Preview Button: Digging for Scripts

 I was type-talking with my best friend the other day and we ended up discussing theatre, per usual.  The conversation turned to plays we loved, me raving about Charles Mee’s bobrauschenbergamerica and her raving about Bill Cain’s Equivocation.  When I was explaining bobrauschenbergamerica to her (a bit of a tall task) I was fortunate to […]

in which David Mamet finds cauldron of boiling water, climbs in

Today’s discussion of Oleanna opened with an allusion to current events, specifically David Mamet’s recent Newsweek cover-story-anti-gun-control-screed.  As with most things political, I think it’ll be best for everyone if the source documents are presented with a minimum of my own commentary.  Your own analyses are probably smarter and definitely more relevant to yourselves than […]

Fake Branches, Real Feelings

Thinking about images that stick with you, and a pair aren’t going to be shaken from my soul anytime soon. It’s already been alluded to, but on Friday we were given the opportunity to see David Cromer’s Our Town.  If for some reason one wants to see this production and be entirely unspoiled (and even […]

Things about Theatre about Theatre

I spend a good deal of my “free” time working with a student nonprofessional theatre group.  As a general rule, groups like us are generally at least ten years behind contemporary plays; embargo rules pretty much guarantee that recent successes are off-limits (“Red” by John Logan proved impossible to do legally in 2012, for an […]