Baby Case at the History Theatre

October 20, 2013
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Baby Case at the History Theatre

It was a dark and stormy night – quite literally – when I saw the History Theatre’s production of “Baby Case,” a dark and stormy musical retelling of the “trial of the century,” as it was dubbed. The kidnapping and murder of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s baby was an excruciating personal tragedy for the...
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PlayLabs at the Playwrights Center

October 18, 2013
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PlayLabs at the Playwrights Center

PlayLabs. There are many summertime play development conferences: Sundance, the New Harmony Conference, the Ojai Conference, Pacific Playwrights Conference, and (the granddaddy of them all) the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. But PlayLabs is unique.  It’s the only new play conference to take place in autumn.  It’s gratifyingly intensive: only 3 plays are presented.  Playwrights...
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“Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals” at Mu Performing Arts

October 15, 2013
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“Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals” at Mu Performing Arts

  Randy Reyes has made a bold choice for his first production as Artistic Director of Theater Mu.  Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement.  Reyes is not only producing but directing his inaugural show—which is a world premiere—by a first-time playwright—about a future apocalypse—in which zombies and cannibals have all but taken over the...
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Maple and Vine produced by Frank Theatre at Old Arizona

October 12, 2013
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Maple and Vine produced by Frank Theatre at Old Arizona

What if we could just go back to an earlier time, a simpler life, where things were a little more “black and white?” Say, 1955? Would it help us resolve issues in our lives, or would it really be going backwards? That is, ostensibly, the question posed in “Maple and Vine” by Jordan Harrison,...
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Tribes at the Guthrie Theater

October 11, 2013
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Tribes at the Guthrie Theater

Tribes by Nina Raine (at the Guthrie Theater, through November 10) fascinates most when addressing  the nature of language: what is the connection between abstract language and the gloriously messy life it represents?  And: is deaf signing a real language?  Can it be used to develop abstract ideas?  Express irony?  What about intense emotions? ...
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Miss Saigon at the Ordway

October 8, 2013
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Miss Saigon at the Ordway

Why do we go to the theater? For the acting.  Actors amaze and thrill us with their uncanny ability to become something else, to overcome the pain and sorrow of their existence.  To triumph, always, over the circumstances of their lives (even if this triumph means death).  No other artists do this so well...
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Interview: Randy Reyes

October 7, 2013
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Interview: Randy Reyes

Accomplished actor/singer/director Randy Reyes has taken over, from founder Rick Shiomi, the artistic directorship of Mu Performing Arts.  Randy is busy these days – the Mu handover occurred quite recently, plus he’s in the middle of directing Mu’s latest, Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals.  He was kind enough to spend a half hour talking...
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Displaced Hindu Gods: A Trilogy Of Plays at Mixed Blood Theatre

October 5, 2013
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Displaced Hindu Gods: A Trilogy Of Plays at Mixed Blood Theatre

Aditi Brennan Kapil‘s trilogy  Displaced Hindu Gods opens Mixed Blood Theatre‘s 2013-14 season; the plays run through Oct 27.  HowWasTheShow.com sent its three theater reviewers (Janet Preus, Dominic Orlando and John Olive) to cover the Oct 5 opening.  Each filed reviews:   Brahmin/i  Reviewed by Janet Preus: Brahman/i, subtitled “a one-hijra stand-up comedy show,”...
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“Uncle Vanya” at The Guthrie

October 3, 2013
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“Uncle Vanya” at The Guthrie

One of the strangest things to happen in the last season of “Breaking Bad”, AMC’s meth-fueled drama, is the role-switch (or apparent role-switch) of the two main characters.  Walter White, desperate and stricken with cancer, goes from high-school chemistry teacher to ruthless meth-cooker right under the nose of his DEA brother-in-law, Hank.  To judge...
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Interview: Aditi Brennan Kapil

September 29, 2013
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Interview: Aditi Brennan Kapil

Mixed Blood Theatre opens their season on Oct 5 with a trilogy – a trilogy! – of new plays by Aditi Brennan Kapil, Displaced Hindu Gods.  DHG consists of: Brahmin/i, Shiv and The Chronicles of Kalki.  Ms. Kapil is, as you might well imagine, busy, but HowWasTheShow.com was lucky enough to get an hour...
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