Posted in October 2010

American Classic: Albee & Wingspan

Any critic worth his or her salt should thrill with delighted anticipation to get to view works written by any of America’s most recognized playwrights, no matter the scale or caliber or success of the productions. These works form an integral part of the artistic web of American culture. Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, … Continue reading

Scant Variety in 33 Variations at Theatre Three

33 Variations at Theatre Three is a clumsy and puzzling production. Inspired by Ludwig Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (all thirty three of them), Moisés Kaufman’s dual-themed mystery romance/drama débuted on Broadway in 2009 (starring Jane Fonda) and won substantial accolades: in 2007 the Edgerton New American Play Award and in 2008 the Steinberg American Theatre Critics … Continue reading

Letts’ Play, Oklahoma City: October

August: Osage County. “It can be argued that this is the most significant theatrical work to come out of Oklahoma since a little musical you might have heard of, “mused Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre’s artistic director Don Jordan in an October 6 interview with ‘Oklahoma Gazette’ writer Eric Webb. Playwright Tracy Letts may have written, … Continue reading

Your Town & Mine @ Water Tower

“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling … Continue reading

Anatomy of Heartbreak: Kitchen Dog Theater’s Betrayal

A surreal sculptural assemblage of every day items forms the central focus of Kitchen Dog Theater’s set for Harold Pinter’s celebrated 1978 play Betrayal. Shelved books, baby shoes, family photos, kitchen utensils, racked stemware, incidental furniture, scraps of clothing — all perch precariously, in upside down jumble, as if suspended in time and space, waiting … Continue reading