Plays in Performance

A Response to the Huntington’s THE WHO AND THE WHAT

Walking into the Calderwood Pavilion for a Sunday matinee I was unsurprised by the audience make-up, mostly older and white, with about six to seven people my age and about twenty people of color, including a Muslim Sudanese couple, and two parties of Muslim Pakistanis, who introduced themselves as such when they spoke during the […]

Topdog/Underdog Audience Response

It’s a Wednesday matinee of Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori-Parks at the Huntington theatre. A play about two black men in American society, struggling with many systems (societal, economical, fate) that have been rigged against them. The story has Greek elements of fate written into it, what with the characters being named Lincoln and Booth, it is […]

The Who and The What

Last week I saw the Huntington’s production of The Who and The What by Ayad Akhtar. When I got to the Calderwood, I was (unsurprisingly) one of the youngest people there. It was a typical Huntington audience- very white and very old. This didn’t phase or bother me too much until later on in the evening. […]

Joshua Sobel’s Sinners (The English Teacher) – Problematic Play or Problematic Production?

Last week I saw Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency/The Mirror Theatre and New Rep/BCAP co-production of Joshua Sobol’s 2008 play Sinners (The English Teacher), which had its American premiere last summer at The Mirror Theatre in Vermont. I knew little about the production going in to it but I was excited to see the work of […]

Some Thoughts on Billy Porter’s Topdog/Underdog at the Huntington

First off, the set energized me to the core. It consisted of a dilapidated, nondescript room at the center of the stage that didn’t bind itself to one moment in time. It feels as if it could’ve been a room during any time within the 20th and 21st centuries. The director, Billy Porter, goes as […]

Faith and Giving

“What is faith? What is forgiveness?” These were the questions I was met up walking up to the Roberts Theatre to see SpeakEasy’s production of Grand Concourse. Below the text was a stack of post it notes and a cup of pens inviting the audience to share their thoughts. I took a pen and immediately realized I had […]

Artifice and the Evocation of Tactile Memory

Last week I saw The New York Theatre Workshop production of The Object Lesson, created by and starring Geoff Sobelle. Upon entering the theatre space, audience members were given a sheet of instructions before entering a warehouse full of cardboard boxes and various trinkets. There is no separation between audience and playing space. Hell, it’s hard to figure […]