Author: Sarah Downs

A Piece of My Heart

This show left me literally speechless. It is intensely moving and enlightening. Approximately 11,000 women served in the Vietnam war and yet we have heard almost nothing about their experiences. It is a tale long overdue in the telling.

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Money Talks

It’s 2017 and Ben Franklin is turning over in his grave – or at least in his engraving. What’s a philosopher to do? There’s nothing for it but to step out of history and bust out some aphorisms. Oh yes, we need a little Franklin, right this very minute.

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Places, the Story of Alla Nazimova

Theda Bara, Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks — elusive, seductive women of silent film — who trafficked in mystery and sensation; whose lives became legend.  All were rebels and rule breakers; some flamed out when talking pictures arrived; others managed the transition to go on to greater fame.  One diva missing from this pantheon is Alla Nazimova, a star of the Moscow Arts Theater and Broadway, whose charisma and talent took her to Hollywood and whose flamboyance and self-assured lesbianism destined her to destruction by the Production Code, male hegemony and discrimination.  Her star on Hollywood’s walk of fame tells...

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Me the People: the Trump America Musical!

In the cozy Triad Theater, Me the People: the Trump America Musical is causing an uproar – the good kind. Satirizing the Trump experience (without an actual Trump thank goodness) a talented cast takes us through our paces with hilarious impressions and songs. Sitting together in a small theater having a drink and a good laugh, we kindred spirits are refreshed for the next stage of the fight. In resistance we trust!

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Measure for Measure

With a convoluted story of love and deception, Shakespeare puts on a show that percolates with humor and drama. Love may triumph all but you have to travel a winding road to get there. Shakespeare makes an audience work. And it’s always worth it.

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