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Deep Azure

If I were Derrick Sanders, artistic director of Congo Square Theatre Company, I’d produce anything Chadwick Boseman wrote, however ungainly, implausible, wrongheaded, or misbegotten. Because it’s a sure thing that eventually he’d give me something great. Unfortunately, Deep Azure isn’t great. Written entirely in rhymed couplets that bounce between hip-hop and pseudo-Shakespearean diction, this supernatural […]

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Time and the Conways

Griffin Theatre Company director Jonathan Berry understands perfectly the significance of J.B. Priestley’s title: time is as much a character in this 1938 play as any member of the Conway family. What could have been a simple family melodrama–a mother and six children celebrate the end of World War I, then reassemble 20 years later–instead […]

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William Basinski

New Yorker William Basinski has been involved in music for more than two decades–he’s played saxophone in a variety of experimental contexts and helps run Arcadia, a Brooklyn performance space. But his greatest acclaim has come in the last few years, as a rash of releases from Raster-Noton, Die Stadt, and his own 2062 label […]

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Matthew Wilson’s elliptical noirish play for Hysteria Productions opens with a fantastic scene: two men at a costume party, one dressed as Superman and the other like Sherlock Holmes, engage in a Hitchcockian cat-and-mouse conversation on a high balcony. Turns out that the Holmes impersonator (played by Wilson) is a shrink, Ray, who’s treating the […]

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A History of Violence

Though he avoids platitudes, David Cronenberg is a troubled moralist who lingers over cherished mythologies to find their dark residue: this masterpiece, an art film deftly masquerading as a thriller, seems to celebrate small-town pastoralism and critique big-city violence, but this position turns out to be double-edged. Josh Olson adapted his script from a graphic […]

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A fat-camp failure continues to pack on the pounds in this sharp, sweet, serious show. Eventually Minerva (Diana Campos) is literally so puffed up she floats above her loving but ineffective husband (Tony Sancho) and concerned yet self-absorbed sister (Sandra Delgado). Minerva is relieved to be free, and they realize too late what she means […]