Elemeno Pea

By MIRA REINBERG As spectators of television or theater we are lured by the sheer possibilities of delectation that are accessible to the very rich, even as we scoff at the disproportionate luxury surrounding them and ridicule their lifestyle of pampered oblivion. Molly Smith Metzler’s “class war” play, Elemeno Pea, inserts us into the emblematic…

Girl Shorts

by LIZ PANTING, guest reviewer Girl Shorts is a festival of short plays all written by women playwrights, focusing on female characters. Each night of the festival, which runs from February 23-March 3, features 5 one-act plays, and certain evenings also feature live music after the show by Missing Peace, Lingua Luna, and Courtney McLean of the…

A Novice’s Guide to Successful Theater-Going

Ever sat through a bad play? Afraid you’re about to? Never fear: we have tips to make the theater-going experience fun, no matter what appears on the stage. by JIM JOHNS, guest writer There are two ways to look at going to the theater. The first way is to condemn yourself to the evening and hope…

Red Resurrected

by EMILY MEISLER, guest reviewer After exiting the Saturday night production of Red Resurrected, I turned to my friend who accompanied me to the production and asked, “So, what did you think?” She paused. “It was good.” She smiled politely. “It was well done….but I’m not a theater person.” There are some beautiful moments in Red…

Other Desert Cities

by CHRISTINE SARKES SASSEVILLE Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities is a cunningly crafted family drama set in a plush Palm Springs living room. The play, directed by Peter Rothstein at the Guthrie Theater is superbly acted and written, with powerhouse female performances by Sally Wingert, as Polly, the Wyeth family matriarch, Michelle Barber, as her sister Silda,…

The Seven

By Mira Reinberg How do words determine action? Even more fascinatingly, how do words perform the effect that will determine fatal action? Greek tragedy embodied the poetic quest to articulate the relation between words and performance in order to help us, humans that we are, explain a reality that is unexplainable through language. Here is…

Buzzer

By MIRA REINBERG That the twenty-first century, and even the election of Barack Obama, have not ushered in a true “post-racial” consciousness within American society is a topic still in need of serious debate. In her play Buzzer, which opened on Friday at The Guthrie, playwright Tracey Scott Wilson contends that in fact the question…