(Boston, MA) Innocence and responsibility intertwine with reality and absurdity in Exquisite Corps Theatre’s production of The Play About The Baby. A young couple, known only as boy and girl, explore their relationship as they bring new life into the world. Through wicked twists and turns the couple spend their time trying to be intimate while they are constantly interrupted, first by the baby and then by a man and woman who act as a cross between social anthropologists and time-share sales people (although no time-shares were sold in the making of this play). Continue reading
Three Pianos by Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy, American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, 12/7/11-1/8/12, http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/three-pianos.
Reviewed by Gillian Daniels
In Three Pianos, Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy look to reconcile the historical Schubertiade with more modern, boozy gatherings of friends.
The production believes there’s little difference between the parties that Schubert threw for his friends, prominent artists during the Romantic movement, and the soirees of contemporary audiences. Particularly entertaining are the actors, in the guise of German guests, deciding who should go on a beer run. Continue reading
The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare, Walter Kerr Theatre, 4/4/11-7/23/11. http://www.houseofblueleaves.com/flash.php?version=standard. Contains stage violence, including an explosion.
Reviewed by Becca Kidwell
Like Jay Gatsby, the characters of The House of the Blue Leaves long for love and notoriety. But also like Jay Gatsby, their shallow dreams are based upon delusions. David Cromer’s revival uncovers all the darkness and pain hidden in the recesses of a middle class home into the light of day with laughter and cruelty.
Scott Pask’s institution-like set provides the perfect environment for an evening of madness. But who mad? The housewife who feels that she is nothing more than the humiliating joke of celebrity? The zookeeper who dreams of becoming a successful movie songwriter? Or perhaps it’s the nuns? Continue reading