In Aristophanes’ ancient Greek comedy LYSISTRATA, first performed in Athens in 411 BC, the men are at war and the women want peace. But the women have no rights in their male-dominated society, so as a negotiating tactic, they block access to the war funds in the state treasury with [...]Read more ›
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The subject of THE AMISH PROJECT—a stirring, fictionalized exploration of the 2006 shooting at the West Nichols Mines one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County–could not be more timely, following the December 14th school massacre in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and President Obama’s subsequent initiatives on gun control. Though the co-production by The [...]Read more ›
Is there more to life than just our everyday routine, human conflicts, and earthly tribulations? It’s a serious question that’s addressed through dark humor and five oddball characters in Simpatico Theatre Project’s Philadelphia premiere of A BRIGHT NEW BOISE by Sam Hunter. Simpatico’s excellent production will keep you shaking your [...]Read more ›
“Forget all the laws of optics, which the legend does not recognize” —Anton Chekhov, The Black Monk Attempting to summarize the best modernist short stories is futile; it’s impossible to capture the depth and subtleties that make the stories great. The endings aren’t tidy; their meanings are opaque. THE BLACK [...]Read more ›
Meeps are adorable creatures who inhabit an island paradise of colorful flora and assorted found objects that wash ashore. They laugh and play and hug and sleep with childlike abandon. Their lives are filled with joy and fun, until they haul in a crateful of evil Others, who disrupt the [...]Read more ›
What was a growing concern for playwright Sarah Ruhl in 2007, when she penned (or, more accurately, computered) DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, rings true in 2011: our digital-age of constant connectivity has resulted in a lamentable state of human disconnect. The consequences of our techno-obsessed culture—no privacy, little quietude, lessened [...]Read more ›