The monologue, written by Mike Daisey performed and adapted at AS220 by Seth Lepore, goes to show that at this moment, and now for the foreseeable future, all political theater is the theater of the absurd. The show starts and ends in a nightmare, in between, delivered in vivid metaphor, the history of Donald J.… Continue reading Trump Card : the nightmare, the dream, the reality.
What do "Kid President," a turtle, and magic snow have in common? To answer that question, please turn your attention to The Manton Avenue Project's presentation of Pedal Power: the bicycle play! The MAP's (Manton Avenue Project) mission is "Theatre by children. For everyone." How they accomplish this is really something else. Depending on who they partner… Continue reading What did You get done this weekend?
Donald, Ted, and Marco presents the audience with an explicit break from reality. The stage is not so much set, as it is demarcated by fluorescent green tape in a grid pattern on the floor and spreading partway up the wall before dispersing. The visual instantly recalls a virtual world being rendered; a glimpse of… Continue reading Epistemology and Farce compete in Donald, Ted, and Marco
Head Trick Theater’s director Rebecca Maxfield wasn’t thinking about contemporary politics or parallels when she selected the 1937 labor musical The Cradle Will Rock as one of the two shows the company is putting on during their residency at AS220. Instead, the show, originally funded for development and production by the Works Progress Administration under… Continue reading Directorial Vision: Rebecca Maxfield makes the Cradle Will Rock simply, honest.
Walking into The Gamm Theatre for ARCADIA, the first production in their repertory season, my husband and I were on the phone, searching through the production history of the play at the National Theatre in London, where he had first seen and fallen in love with the work. Turns out that he saw the original production… Continue reading Repertory Rhode Island
Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief opens at the Burbage Theatre with an abbreviated production of Othella, a queered version of Othello. The famous strangulation scene is performed by two women, and its intensity is a good exposition of the stakes of Desdemona’s world in the full-length play that follows. Most importantly, it… Continue reading Getting Vocal About Class in Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief
The audience sits in messy rows of folding chairs at AS220’s Main Stage, some alone, some with friends, people linger at the back and lean against the walls. Tonight they are subdued, which is why Vatic, co-director of the Providence Poetry Slam and the evening’s MC, urges the crowd to make some noise, “It’s not… Continue reading Let your voice be heard: a night out at the Providence Poetry Slam
Self purported to be the longest running sketch comedy and variety show in Providence (they celebrated 10 years just this past summer), Empire Revue brings together local talent and out-of-town guest acts for a night of laughs and music which even at its raciest* gives the first Sunday of every month a night of family fun. This past… Continue reading PG-13-13
Coriolanus is the third and final installment of OUT LOUD Theatre's free season of public-domain works. Tammy Brown is alive in the titular role and Siobhan LaPorte-Cauley owns the role of rival Aufidius. Kira Hawkridge's directing shines in the play's striking tableaus and her skill in choreographing transitions so that not a moment goes to waste… Continue reading A Fierce Growth
How long has it been since I was first introduced to The Arctic Theatre Royal? A year? A year and a half? It was a warm evening with cool breezes in Burnside Park next to Half-Sunk Hannah and there were fur caps and poetry and old, old images of snow so white and skies so… Continue reading Wonder Remains