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Sensitive Guys May Be the Wokest Thing You See This Theater Season

2 months ago by D. L. Groover
Watching Stages' slick, well-acted, Zoom-inspired production of MJ Kaufman's Sensitive Guys, I consider myself fortunate to have finished my school days eons ago. That would have been in the dark ages, way before snowflakes, empowerment, toxic masculinity, student environment action groups, safe space, being in the moment, micro aggression, transformative...
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Best Virtual Bets: LED Lights, Quarantined Actors, and Sensitive Guys

2 months ago by Natalie de la Garza
If you're looking for some ideas to keep you entertained, but socially distant and socially responsible, we've got some ideas for you.
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Sex and Violence: Just Another Night at the Opera With Tosca

1 year ago by D. L. Groover
Giacomo Puccini's verismo-fueled Tosca (1900) runs on opera's highest octane – sex and violence. It speeds along, no time for detours, spinning its tale with a breakneck pace. Co-librettist Giacoso complained to the composer that there was nothing but plot, but Puccini knew exactly what he was doing when he...
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Constellations Expertly Grabs Our Heads If Not Our Hearts

1 year ago by Jessica Goldman
Do we have a choice about what direction our lives will go? Is our path already laid out for us, inalterable by free will, determination or desire? Are the minutes, hours and days we spend with each other preciously finite or is time just a construct that we’ve made up...
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Constellations Offers Love Found, Lost and Found Again at the Alley Theatre

1 year ago by Margaret Downing
Marianne and Roland meet. They meet again. And again. In Constellations, a 70-minute, one-act with 52 scenes and zero furniture on the set , Elizabeth Bunch and Chris Hutchinson will experience one encounter after another — often with different outcomes — as two people negotiate romance amid a backdrop of...
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Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist Explores Isolations and Reconnections

3 years ago by Margaret Downing
A young American Jewish writer, with writer's block, goes to Poland to meet his much older cousin. a survivor of the Holocaust. David is, to put it mildly, something of a jerk and yet the 75-year-old Maria searches for the good in him as she seeks to reconnect with family...
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My Manana Comes: When You're the Lowest on the Food Chain

4 years ago by Margaret Downing
One of the biggest challenges for the actors in My Manana Comes was learning to do all the jobs that busboys have to do every day, says director Leslie Swackhamer. " Napkins folded, limes cut, strawberries cut, salt shakers filled, dishes," she says, explaining the constant motion of the job. All...
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Straight White Men May Bend Your Mind

5 years ago by Margaret Downing
Playwright Young Jean Lee is known for tackling subjects about people who are unlike her. In Straight White Men making its regional premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre, the Koren-American Lee, writes about exactly what the title suggests, and used actors and focus groups to help her get close to the...
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Alley Theatre Announces its All New Festival Lineup

3 years ago by Houston Press
The Alley Theatre has announced its lineup for its All New Festival readings in January and the one that seems most smack your head, why hasn't someone thought of this before, is an adaptation of Horton Foote's Oscar-winning Tender Mercies for the stage — done by his daughter Daisy Foote...
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The Alley Theatre Announces its 2018-19 Season

3 years ago by Houston Press
Today, James Black the interim artistic director of the Alley Theatre, announced the theater's 2018-19 season calling it a mix of the familiar and the new. So along with The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, there will be a world premiere. All this during...

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