Six weeks after my mother died of colon cancer in 2008 (which was almost eight years after my dad died of lung cancer), my sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which would take her life six and a half years later. The day my sister died, my other sister’s mother-in-law fell down the basement stairs […]
Twenty years later, I still get chills when I think about the final line in Brett Neveu’s Eric LaRue, his drama about the aftermath of a school shooting, in which the mother of a teenage boy who killed three of his classmates tries to come to grips with the monstrous deed. Apparently I’m not the […]
In Exal Iraheta’s Last Hermanos, a pair of Latinx half-brothers find themselves at a crucible somewhere in the hot, hostile wilderness of a Texas state park. The “pick-up” that was to ferry them to the next spot on their journey doesn’t show. Julio (Roberto Jay) and Miguel (Esteban Andres Cruz) are rapidly running out of […]
While the BA.2 variant of COVID-19 looms as a possible impediment to attending live performances (even as some of us now qualify for a second booster), shows are booming. We’ve got a baker’s dozen of events to consider if you feel up to getting out and about in the next couple of months. We also suggest […]
We see a show and later learn that it had to close abruptly. We can empathize with the actors’ disappointment and distress because we can visualize their faces and recall their voices. But how has the pandemic impacted those we see only briefly in the lobby as we enter or don’t see at all? How […]
Jen Silverman’s The Moors is a brilliantly executed pastiche of everything from Wuthering Heights (the gloomy insalubrious environs of the title) to Rebecca, complete with a menacing parlor maid/scullery maid named either Marjory or Mallory, and suffering from either an unwanted pregnancy or typhus, depending on what room you catch her in. (Played to perfection […]
Theatre Above the Law and A Red Orchid Theatre dive into the physics and magic of being alive together.
Jon Tai’s intimate take on magic and storytelling comes (virtually) to A Red Orchid.
How to Defend Yourself and Do You Feel Anger? ask us to consider how to survive patriarchy without losing our minds—and bodies.
David Cromer’s production for Steppenwolf taps into our current conspiracy-theory culture.
An “empathy coach”‘ tries to fix a toxic workplace in A Red Orchid’s latest.
Levi Holloway’s horror show for A Red Orchid Theatre gives a feminist makeover to a familiar genre.
There’s not enough room in this scattershot world for ideas to deepen.
The Red Orchid cast is adept at humanizing some incredibly flawed human beings.
Behold another exemplary production from A Red Orchid.