More than any other play, I think, Mother Courage and Her Children shows the deeply troubling social blindness caused by war. That’s why I was so stunned when I opened up the program for the university production I saw this weekend and read a Director’s Note that said, “This is not an anti-war play; it’s […]Read More Mother Courage and Her Children: More Than Just a War Play
This week, I listened to a podcast of LA Theatre Works’ production of Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw. It was well-performed, with actors such as Roger Rees, Hamish Linklater, and Kate Burton in primary roles. Especially impressive was Kirsten Potter in the role of Barbara, an actress that was previously unfamiliar to me. Judging […]Read More Major Barbara: When Relevancy Shifts
Yesterday, I saw the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie starring Sally Field and Joe Mantello. It was gripping, haunting, and not at all what I expected to see. The tickets were purchased before previews had started, so even after the reviews were out, I hadn’t read them. After leaving the theatre, it was off […]Read More The Glass Menagerie: Go to the moon-and look for the missing couch!
In the home where Regina, Birdie, and the other characters operate, nothing is left unsaid. A few hidden sentiments exist at first, but by the end, the audience has come into direct contact with every thought, emotion, and secret that has run through the minds of the family. For a script that dates back to […]Read More The Little Foxes: Quotes from Plays