Month: September 2017

The Show-Off

The Show-Off by George Kelly (uncle of actress Grace Kelly) was a big hit in 1924 when it premiered on Broadway.  It’s about a self-aggrandizing braggart, Aubrey Piper (Ian Gould) who is a liar and a fop, and holds down a lowly clerk job at the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He meets and woos the daughter of a plain spoken, working-class North Philadelphia family, who are aghast that she has fallen for this clearly vain, shallow, idiot.  I have to admit a feeling of kinship with the Fisher family of North Philly.  I’m perplexed.

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The Treasurer

The Treasurer by Max Posner, currently at Playwrights Horizons, is a small gem of a play.  Dark, funny, and disturbing, the play seems too insightful for a 28-year old to have been its author.  But then, the playbill notes and opening monologue by the main character reveal that the subject is autobiographical, so it makes sense. 

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

In Alexandra Spencer-Jones’s intense and erotic production of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE we are catapulted into the world of Alex and his Droogs and their insatiable appetite for everything violent.

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