Author: Casey Curtis

1984

You might be better off just reading the book. But if you can, see it. It will be life changing. It will change nothing. “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd is as good as a musical gets, as good as theater gets, and a great reminder that, no matter how tempting, meeting injustice with wanton revenge will rarely give lasting satisfaction.

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The Artificial Jungle

The delight of most Ludlam plays is to take the structure of classical text and add layers of parody, camp performance, and fun. The Artificial Jungle succeeds on all these levels.

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Amélie: A New Musical

The writers of the musical version of the charming French movie Amélie went forth to seek the promised land. But they did not heed the warnings of the prophets that it can be a challenging task to reinvent (rather than reproduce) a magical movie on the stage.

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The Outer Space

You should be so lucky as to be on a spaceship with Ethan Lipton. If you do take off into “The Outer Space”, now in residence at the Public Theater, the journey you will go on is a funny, insightful allegory of a couple who move away from the headaches and expense of a big city to the different headaches and challenges of relocating to a rural area for more affordable life.

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