This is a romp. But beneath the comedic surface are more serious questions, the kind that never offer up complete answers, no matter how deeply we delve. Leave it to an Italian to ask about the crossover between being moved by beauty and the desire to create something moving and beautiful, between the drama acted out every day and the drama that reaches stage or screen, the roles we assign each other, who is directing and who is directed, where theft ends and art begins, all disguised as a whimsical play I am tempted to call an interplay. Mario...Read More
Author: Raphael Badagliacca
Here are two characters in a predicament as lonely as that of the two hobos in Waiting for Godot, caught in an ongoing exchange as situational and comical as any between Abbot and Costello. Like Vladimir and Estragon here are two guys waiting for their fate. But unlike Beckett’s play, something does happen and it keeps happening to our delightRead More
Last night there was more than one murder in a dimly-lit parking lot on the Lower East Side. Innocent passersby were arrested in their tracks by what they happened upon. But they should not have been so surprised. Scenes like this have been taking place on this exact spot for more than 20 years. This is Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Last night the mighty Othello was brought down by the knavish genius Iago. But an even greater tragedy befell this plot. Last night was the final night in a score of years – Shakespeare will no longer be...Read More
“Lucky me,” I was thinking to myself once again as I sat in the NJ Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, because this theatre is such a find. Twenty minutes before show time were enough to quietly marvel at the set – a seemingly fully-functional kitchen, a dead ringer for the ones audience members may have just left on their way to a play about to start. It reminded me how much and varied artistry it takes to bring the mere words of a script to life which must be why they call it – a production. As it turns...Read More
In a sense, a reading is a greater test of a script than a full-fledged play, precisely because in a reading all you have are the words. But what could be more appropriate for a figure as invested in words as Oriana Fallaci? She is the subject of “Fallaci, a Woman Against,” one more performance in the eclectic two-week run (June 9 -24) of In Scena, the Italian Theater Festival taking place in all five boroughs of NYC.Read More
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