I’ve been at the Hilton, sitting in on a variety of plenary and breakout groups, and struggling with how to make the conference relevant to readers who are interested in theatre but who are not theatre professionals. The question that kept coming up for me was, “Why should you care?”
Old Globe Theatre
Chekhov characters need stuff too and, for the Old Globe Theatre, Christopher Durang checks in on their modern inheritors’ yearning up there in Bucks County. Sample dialogue: “Why is he always taking off his clothes?” “Because he can.”
Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Water by the Spoonful, not only captures a rich and dynamic portrayal of seemingly overwhelming struggles in American life but it does so with beauty and grace. And, the Old Globe has mounted a production that matches the play’s elegance in dramatic construction, use of language, and insight into the human psyche…
Tennessee Williams may have learned much from this castrating mother. Under the banner of protection, she smothers; her rigid rankings allow no appeal. Williams reduced the cast and milked the subtleties more precisely but Priestley’s creation is just as brutal and even more clueless. Her smug cruelty is breath-catching, the monstrous consequences all too sadly foretold.
The immortal tragedy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is enriched with the songs of the late Jeff Buckley in The Last Goodbye at the Old Globe Theatre, a respectful but robust colabortion of youthful passion that connects across four centuries.
Desperate, drought-ridden ranchers pay a con-man to bring rain in N. Richard Nash’s romantic fantasy The Rainmaker, now at he Old Globe Theatre. But there’s just as much desperation surrounding the daughter of the family, who may be turning into an old maid. Magic comes in many forms during this sturdy but creaking revival.