Author: Donna Herman

My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die Eventually

“My Name is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die Eventually” is a charming and entertaining evening. It’s a solo show by, you guessed it, Gideon Irving, who invites us into what he claims is his home. Sure, I’ll play. I know it’s the stage of The Rattlestick Theater, but I believe that a lot of the stuff up there belongs to him personally. It’s looks like a crammed studio apartment, and Gideon plays the gracious host and shows us around. It’s clear from the beginning that he’s kooky and irreverent which is just what we’re here for. We’ve been promised music and laughter and a different take on the world from someone who has performed 504 shows in living rooms on 6 continents. No heavy lifting after the last couple of weeks sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

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Party People

The Oregon Shakespeare Company has an exciting project they’ve been working on since 2008, a 32-play series they’re commissioning in association with various theaters around the country: “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle.” UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz aka Ninja), was commissioned by OSF to create “Party People” in collaboration with Director and Developer Liesl Tommy (Tony win for “Eclipsed”). It’s opening on November 15th and has been extended one week through December 11th. Another offering from this OSF cycle, “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage is also currently playing at The Public Theater. After seeing them both, I’m tempted to book a ticket to Oregon and see the rest.

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Among the Dead

I saw “Among the Dead” by Hansol Jung, a production of the Ma-Yi Theater Company performed at HERE Arts Center last night and it left me frustrated. I admit, my expectations were high. The play is billed as “a dark comedy about a family broken apart by betrayed promises, and finding each other through SPAM, journals, and Jesus. Mostly Jesus.” Which sounds promising, and the company has garnered quite a name for itself developing and presenting works by Asian-American artists.

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Homos, Or Everyone in America

The Labyrinth Theater Company is presenting a new play by Jordan Seavey at The Bank Street Theater “Homos, Or Everyone in America.” As the title suggests, more than a boy meets boy story, it’s a universal love story for our culture and times. Hey, if it’s two humans in a relationship, it’s SSDD.

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Finian’s Rainbow

I understand the Irish Repertory Theatre’s temptation to revive the classic 1947 musical “Finian’s Rainbow.” It has a lovely score with a couple of songs that have become standards like “Look to the Rainbow” and “Old Devil Moon.” And it deals with timely topics like racism and social and economic justice. However, sometimes temptation needs to be resisted. What looks good on paper doesn’t necessarily translate into stage magic, despite the inclusion of leprechauns and pots of gold.

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