Author: John Olive

Review || Bernarda Alba: percussive intensity

Theater Latté Da, through Feb 16

It’s a terrific idea: take the dense, lyrical prose of Federico Garcia Lorca‘s masterful The House Of Bernarda Alba and replace it with dense, semi-dissonant, percussive music (by Michael John LaChiusa). And it works! As long as you don’t expect…

Review | Dog Act: post-apocalyptic rage

Fortune’s Fool Theatre, performing in The Gremlin, through Dec 22

Liz Duffy Adams‘s intermittently amusing Dog Act (Fortune’s Fool Theatre performing in The Gremlin) brings to mind the work of a number of super-duper playwrights: Bertolt Brecht (Mother Courage), Samuel Beckett (Waiting For Godot), Caryl Churchill (The Skriker, produced a…

Review | Fast Company: enjoyably confusing

Theater Mu performing at the Guthrie, through Nov 24

Fast Company (Theater Mu performing at the Guthrie, through Nov 24) wants to be good. All the production elements are in place: a zippy pace, muscular direction (by whip smart Brian Balcom), excellent acting. The play has some tasty design (sets…

Review | Journey’s End: long, but worthwhile

Gremlin Theatre, through Nov 10

One of the first things to say about Gremlin Theatre‘s production of R.C. Sherriff‘s powerful Journey’s End (playing though Nov 10) is that it’s long: two hours and forty five minutes. Audiences back in the olden days (the play premiered…

Review | Hot Asian Doctor Husband: a hoot and a half

Mu Performing Arts, performing at Mixed Blood Theater, through Sept 1

Leah Nanako Winkler‘s delicious Hot Asian Doctor Husband (Mu Performing Arts, performing at Mixed Blood Theater, through Sept 1) is a prime example of the hoary theatrical truism: when the actors have a good time, so does the audience. And…