“Szeretlek” is Sweet Like Candy

While Grand Salto Theatre’s Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story might have the most difficult title to pronounce (spoiler alert: they teach you the proper pronunciation in the show and it’s actually not that hard), it’s also one of the most endearing stories. Inspired by the true events that led creator-performer Zita Nyarady’s grandparents to fall … Continue reading “Szeretlek” is Sweet Like Candy

“Don’t Go Down to the River” Flows; in need of more visuals

With Don’t Go Down to the River, JIG theatrecompany has created a compelling and dark homegrown mystery, but the minimalist one-woman show format they utilize undermines the power of the world built by the narrative. Under the guise of showing her house off to potential buyers, Grace Shaw relates the dark history of her family … Continue reading “Don’t Go Down to the River” Flows; in need of more visuals

“Tiny Dynamite” Showcase for Potential Ignition

Meraki Theatre’s debut production, Tiny Dynamite, shows off the obvious talents and artistic instincts of its three members, though the production suffers from a lack of compromise with the practical drawbacks of its venue. One of the three shows at this year’s Fringe based on a pre-established script, Tiny Dynamite was written by British playwright … Continue reading “Tiny Dynamite” Showcase for Potential Ignition

“The Chronic Single’s Handbook” or: A How-To Guide to Problematic Gender Relations

Randy Ross’ Chronic Single’s Handbook follows his decision to travel around the world on a self-exploratory journey to find inner peace and figure out why he can’t hold down a girlfriend – like Eat Pray Love, but with more hookers. Though the show offers a bawdy, male perspective on the idea of the journey of … Continue reading “The Chronic Single’s Handbook” or: A How-To Guide to Problematic Gender Relations

“Endlings” Makes a Start

*The third paragraph of this review (beginning “This script raises…”) includes spoilers. Local playwright Vishesh Abeyratne takes a bold step forward with Endlings, a post-apocalyptic tale in which human reproduction is strictly controlled by the state. Though it begins to engage with important issues such as the nature of desire and what is really in … Continue reading “Endlings” Makes a Start

“A Better Play Than Hamlet” Isn’t

If you have any reverence for Shakespeare’s “greatest work,” you’re discouraged from attending this performance by it’s own show brief. Luckily, my reverence impulse leads inevitably to an irreverent impulse, because I believe irreverence can be one of the highest forms of praise. In any event, this show by turns mocks, in an explicit attempt … Continue reading “A Better Play Than Hamlet” Isn’t

“Bless You, Bonaparte” Sci-Fi Revisionism in Need of Revisions

Okay, let’s get one thing straight: the program synopsis does not do Sad Ibsen Theatre’s Bless You, Bonaparte justice. While it certainly describes the outline of events that take place over the course of an hour, it in no way captures the fun and silliness that appear to run rampant throughout this new text. Unfortunately, … Continue reading “Bless You, Bonaparte” Sci-Fi Revisionism in Need of Revisions

“Underneath it All” is a Brave New Work

Underneath it All, written and performed by Hannah Gibson-Fraser and Jodi Morden, is a dark and fragmented look into the lives of two women and how their conceptions of love and monogamy are affected by experiences of abuse and mental illness. It’s a truly harrowing tale that is, tragically, a reality for many women living … Continue reading “Underneath it All” is a Brave New Work