Sometimes, the mark of a good play is how close it comes to the bone. If you are secure in your romantic relationship, you will laugh heartily at Noel Coward’s Private Lives, playing at the Huntington. If you aren’t secure, you will laugh nervously. If you are single, you will laugh derisively. Either way, you will laugh at this mashup of the foibles of all passionate lovers everywhere. Continue reading →
During my studies to become a teacher, I was told one of the movies that I should not see on education was Educating Rita. I can understand some of the caution; I would not want to be a teacher like Frank, but the story does remind us of the pure joy of learning and the need for critical thinking. Knowledge is more than expertise and understanding is more than results. The Huntington’s production of Educating Rita reminds us that learning should not be at the cost of of our individuality.
Being a perpetual student, Allen Moyer’s set had my “geeky sense” tingling–a room full of books and a sterile, air of pomposity–typical of a professor’s office. The office also hides the desperate desire of Frank (played by Andrew Long) to pretend that he is still an academic although he has been jaded for years. Life and renewed purpose enter Frank’s office in the form of Rita (played by Jane Pfitsch). Continue reading →