Presented by Underground Railway Theater
By Kate Hamill
From the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray
Directed by David R. Gammons
Fight coordination by Victor Ventricelli
Dialect coaching by Erika Bailey
Dramaturgy by Hilary Rappaprt
Cambridge, MA — William Makepeace* Thackeray’s Vanity Fair postdates Voltaire’s Candide by almost 100 years. Kate Hamill’s Vanity Fair now at Central Square Theater compares strongly to the famed Bernstein operetta. One could expect the human race to have evolved to squabble over different intersocial problems after nearly a century. One would be wrong. Continue reading →
(Cambridge, MA) There truly is nothing like the unique experience of theatre. And in Alan Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges, the audience is presented with a choose-your-own-adventure in which no performance is ever identical to the one before. Continue reading →
(Cambridge, MA) It is a presidential election year in these United States. Ordinary campaigns are already the cesspools of public opinion where good policies raise their hands and get passed over for workable compromises. Presidential campaigns are therefore a special circle of our own red, white and blue hellscape where we, the people, can gather together and worry about our future as a nation. It is a Sisyphean task, which means the situation is ripe for comedy. Titanic Theatre Company’s production of The Return to Morality elicits anxious laughter in this context. Continue reading →
Disclaimer: This production included Queen Geek, Kitty Drexel in its cast. For this reason, this review is tempered to accommodate the NETG reviewing policy on Geek performance involvement.
Review by Gillian Daniels
(Cambridge, MA) Joe (Felix Teich) is an artist who creates complex dioramas and a loving and temperamental caretaker of his brother, sixteen-year old Robert (Elliott Purcell). Due to his cerebral palsy, Robert spends his days bound to their run-down apartment, watching soap operas. The Accessible Theatre brings us a reading of a play about brothers who have built their own world, insulated from the impoverished, drug-addled reality of their Ohio city. As with many stories, the status quo is disrupted when a woman, social worker Marianne (Rachel Sacks), walks into their lives. Her intrusion is a benevolent one, however, an attempt to confirm Robert is getting the help he needs.
Joe and his younger brother Robert live off the grid in a run-down, inner-city neighborhood. Robert has cerebral palsy. Joe is an artist. They are in perfect control of their world until they are discovered by social services and into their lives comes Marianne, a bright and ambitious young therapist. Can art and imagination fuel the life spirit?
Felix Teich plays Joe, the older brother, an artist who is fiercely protective of his lifestyle and his brother Robert. Eliot Purcell plays Robert, the younger brother who is adjusting to adult life without his parents’ support, and while dealing with cerebral palsy. Rachel Sacks plays Marianne, a well-meaning social worker who is assigned to Joe and Robert. Kitty Drexel joins the cast to read the playwright’s text and help illuminate the world of the play during our staged reading.