(Boston, MA) A musical adaptation of Norton Juster’s 1961 children’s book of the same name is currently being performed at the Wheelock Family Theater. With an inventive, bright cast and set, the play is sure to fascinate younger viewers. Continue reading →
Bad Habit Productions avoids pretension as it follows the serpentine path of thought from enlightenment to romance. The witty exchanges bounce from the actors’ tongues to all four walls of the theatre. The characters learn that the journey is more important than the definition of terms. The production dances with little hesitation through the rhythmical patterns of Stoppard’s language. 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 →