Feeling compelled to write a play about war or genocide? You’ve got your work cut out for you, but God bless. Feel compelled to turn your frustration over how hard it is to write a good play about war or genocide into a play? Please stop. A lot of things are about you, but not everything.
Woolly Mammoth’s American premiere of Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss is not as bad as Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present, because nothing I’ve ever seen on a stage is as myopic and offensive as Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present. But it ain’t good. I break it down in today’s Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away gratis.
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Tagged Bertolt Brecht, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Guillermo Calderón, Joe Mallon, Matt Torney, Shannon Dorsey, Staceyann Chin, Studio Theatre, Tim Getman, Washington City Paper, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Yury Urnov
Brian McDermott, Elizabeth Darby, and Alex Zavistovich in “Normal.”
Vincent J. Brown and Amy Kim Waschke in “Water by the Spoonful.”
In today’s Washington City Paper, I review the Pultizer-winning drama Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre and Molotov’s production of Normal, a play about the Dusseldorf Ripper.
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Tagged Alex Zavistovich, Amy Kim Waschke, Anthony Neilson, Arturo Soria, Brian McDermott, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Gisela Chipe, KJ Sanchez, Molotov Theatre Group, Studio Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Tim Getman, Vincent J. Brown, Washington
Nancy Robinette & Megan Anderson in “After the Revolution.” Photo: Stan Barouh/Theater J.
I was a bigger fan of Studio Theatre‘s production of Amy Herzog‘s 4,000 Miles earlier this year than I am of Theater J’s new staging of its companion play, After the Revolution.
I can’t fault director Eleanor Holdridge‘s staging of the latter for that; I just connected more strongly to the material in 4,000 Miles. Getting to see two marvelous actors, Tanya Hicken and Nancy Robinette, offer their takes on the same character — a close approximation of Herzog’s grandmother — in 4,000 Miles and Revolution, respectively, within a half-year of each other was fun. Continue reading