Author: Ann Firestone Ungar

THE DINGDONG

The DingDong, a first-rate farce presented by The Pearl Theatre Company, is based on Le Dindon by the French playwright Georges Feydeau (1885-1921). Adapted by Mark Shanahan, The DingDong plays fast and loose and is often ferociously funny and somwhat surreal.

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DEFENDANT MAURICE CHEVALIER

Defendant Maurice Chevalier, a play with music, was written by Alexis Chevalier, the great grandnephew of the famous French singer and entertainer. In 1944 Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972) was accused of collaborating with the Nazis and tried in Paris by representatives of the Provisional Government of the French Republic based in Algiers. He was ultimately found innocent, with a consistent alibi.

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Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North

Ms. Tagaq brings her magical throat music, wordlessly creating the wind, the ice, the lonely night, the dogs, the agony of the captured walrus and seal, the passion and despair of the free mates of those unfortunate animals. And throughout, the singing and instrumental expression convey the emotional life of Nanook’s family as they live in constant service to survival in this most melancholy of places on earth. The impact of the performance is haunting.

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LYSISTRATA

The Greek playwright Aristophanes was rad 2,426 years ago when he wrote the startling, serious sexual satire Lysistrata. Its story and characters stand today as a monument of anti-war literature of the highest value and quality.

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RACHEL CALOF

Rachel Calof is a solo drama based on a Yiddish memoir, Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains. The play is a chamber piece, intimate yet large, ambitious to tell the life story of a resourceful and fine woman whose life’s hard, but through its lessons she triumphs. Rachel is Jewish, but she could be every woman who, with grit, humor and dignity manages to survive and thrive.

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