Posted in January 2012

Circle Theatre: Secrets of a Soccer Mom

Kathleen Clark has had several plays produced by the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, starting back in 1986. Her 2003 play Secrets of a Soccer Mom is not one of them, for good reason. It’s a cliché and stereotype driven hodge-podge of superficiality, presenting three women’s attendance and participation in their children’s soccer game as … Continue reading

Almondine Antidote: Upstart’s Un-melancholy Play

Nothing melancholy about Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play. It’s mostly exuberant. Billed as a contemporary farce, this whimsical fairytale romance for adults with a hint of mystery rolls merrily along in dreamy absurd-ville. What a relief to realize it exhibits none of the pretentious gimmickry of Ruhl’s highly praised and uninteresting domestic device dramedy The Vibrator … Continue reading

Stage West: Occupy New Jerusalem?

That radical Baruch de Spinoza, on trial at Stage West…. And now, from the brave folks who brought the Dallas-Fort Worth region Frayn’s Copenhagen and Mamet’s November, comes another spell-binding brain-teaser of theatrical invention: David Ives’ New Jerusalem. Deepest bows to Stage West in Fort Worth for continuing a tradition of producing plays that challenge … Continue reading

A Joyful Noise: On & Off @ Theatre Arlington

Added Performance due to sell-out crowds: January 29, 6pm!!!!! “One day I must write a farce from behind,” exclaimed British playwright Michael Frayn in 1970, while watching a light comedy he wrote for Lynn Redgrave unfold from backstage, where “it was funnier.” In 1982 his celebrated farce Noises Off emerged, its title referring to offstage … Continue reading

The Frequency of Death: A Murderous Tune

Every January Kurt Kleinmann’s Pegasus Theatre “defies gravity” at the Eisemann Center by inaugurating the new year with an original play from its unique niche – the trademarked In Living Black & White production style. In 2012 Pegasus delights its established audiences and charms new ones with a revamped, refreshed version of a production drawn … Continue reading