Born Yesterday

Guthrie Theater Directed by John Miller-Stephany Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday is a classic bit of mid-20th Century American liberalism — critical of the present, optimistic about the future, and above all committed to the proposition that, with a little education and awareness, regular people can hold their governments accountable to the ideals of democracy. The … Continue reading Born Yesterday

Tribes

Guthrie Theater Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg Nina Raine’s play Tribes — wrapping up this weekend at the Guthrie Theater — focuses its attention on two very different types of community. One is the deaf community, made up of those who have built an identity and common culture around their deafness. The other is the … Continue reading Tribes

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ten Thousand Things Directed by Michelle Hensley A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s more cynical comedies. Like many of its fellows, it ends with the joining or rejoining of multiple romantic couples — but in this case, three of the four couples have been brought together by, respectively, military force, cruel humiliation, and … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry

Pillsbury House Theatre Directed by Marion McClinton Playwright Marcus Gardley spent seven years working on The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry, which is currently receiving its area premiere at the Pillsbury House Theatre. Upon viewing the play, one can understand the reasons for its long gestation period. Gardley’s work is — to use a … Continue reading The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry

Good People

Park Square Theatre Directed by Joel Sass Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire grew up in South Boston (“Southie”), a traditionally Irish-American, working-class neighborhood that has received more than its share of fictional portrayals (Good Will Hunting, Mystic River, etc.). Apparently finding these renditions of his old neighborhood somewhat lacking, Lindsay-Abaire recently penned Good People, a sometimes subtle, … Continue reading Good People