How do you like your Irish? Drunk? Brawling? Dancing a jig? Charmingly superstitious? Fastidiously religious? Well pick a stereotype—any stereotype!—DONNYBROOK! has got them all in one convenient evening’s package. Based on the 1952 film THE QUIET MAN, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, DONNYBROOK! takes us to rural Innisfree, Ireland […]Read more ›
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The knowledge that death is inevitable brings with it a certain freedom. It alleviates fret over details in the vain hope of altering an assured outcome and, more importantly, it allows for deep introspection into the conditions surrounding that outcome. When done well, historical drama exploits this freedom to its […]Read more ›
The dramatic world of Eugene O’Neill seems an odd place to find music. We expect plenty of grief and lamentation, and enough booze to drown a mountain of sorrow, but a jaunty tune seems about as alien to O’Neill as an iPad. Nevertheless, the felicitous union of O’Neill and musical […]Read more ›
For all of his sardonic wit and socialist ideals, George Bernard Shaw remained ever amused at the vain triviality of humans. Behind that imposing beard and penetrating gaze must have lurked an at least semi-permanent smirk as he thought, with Puck, “What fools these mortals be.” That spirit underwrites and […]Read more ›
“In life people do not shoot themselves, or fall in love, or deliver themselves of clever sayings every minute,” observed Anton Chekhov, “They spend most of their time eating, drinking, running after women or men, talking nonsense. It is therefore necessary that this should be shown on the stage.” Among […]Read more ›
At the close of BEYOND THE HORIZON’s second scene, after domestic strife has erupted, seemingly tearing the Mayo family asunder for good, Andy, ever the practical optimist, reassures his brother Rob that “Everything’ll turn out all right in the end.” This is a character who does not know his playwright. […]Read more ›
To dance is to achieve a release from the bounds of stringent everyday movement, to resist the mundane and the natural, and to propel one’s self into an alternative, if temporary, physical existence, defined less by function than by a wonderfully imperfect harmony of movement and music. To dance is […]Read more ›