Author: Brian Wu

A Serious Banquet

To any and all who wish to attend this performance, I offer one piece of advice: take an improv class beforehand. It will help put you at ease for what’s to come. Not quite a hearty feast as it is an intricately staged soirée, A Serious Banquet attempts to immerse you in the spiritual home of avant-garde Cubism, centered around the well-known founders, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and their associates. The ticketed promises of food, drink, and dance are all delivered to varying degrees, but the spark of Cubist insight is, altogether, hit or miss. Don’t misunderstand; this isn’t...

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A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity and Clean – Brian Wu Reviewer

Here is a production that young people can especially enjoy. Hailing from Edinburgh, A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity and Clean deliver two stories of women looking to stake their claims in society while seeking a thrill. One is a lyrical, action-packed narrative; the other is a smart and witty comedy. It’s like watching a prime-time drama and sitcom back-to-back, only far more satisfying. There is a play on the words “clean” and “vulgar” in their respective titles, but no grand collation or anything of the sort. Instead, you’re served two brilliantly written plays that tickle an itch for...

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