Author: Sarah Downs

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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