Posted inArts & Culture

Hellcab

Originally entitled Hellcab Does Christmas and marketed as a hip antiholiday holiday show, Will Kern’s incredibly black comedy about a day in the life of a poor beleaguered cab driver was never, strictly speaking, a holiday show. Even though Kern’s slice-of-life play is set on Christmas Eve, the when of his story doesn’t matter nearly […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Jayhawks

There’s been some controversy over the production of the Jayhawks’ third album, Hollywood Town Hall. George Drakoulias, who created the crisp retro of the two Block Crowes records, is said to have neutered the Jayhawks’ country-rock sound in an attempt to turn them into similarly platinum stars. But here’s a distinction: The Crowes transparently retread […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Painting Churches

PAINTING CHURCHES Theatre du Jour at Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre One of the hardest things for a writer is to present an honest picture of his or her own family: there’s a natural tendency to skew facts in order to show oneself in the best possible light. Too often audiences are forced to sit through […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Looking for the Off Switch

NEXT GENERATION PROJECT at Link’s Hall, February 5-7 Sometimes it’s better to watch dance with the brain turned off–but it can be hard for a choreographer to find the off switch. If the dance is funny or physically wild, that helps; intentional noise, a kind of static, will sometimes do the trick too. The three […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Snakebit

SNAKEBIT Remains Theatre Snakebit, the second play by actor-turned-writer David Marshall Grant, is a baby-boomer version of the kind-of-hip, sort-of-serious comedies that used to be a staple of dinner theaters. In these plays a problem is introduced–divorce, aging, chemical dependency, some long-past chance at love–but for the next two acts it’s not allowed to interfere […]