Amy Heckerling has wised up in revisiting “Clueless” for the stage in the 21st Century. She’s pitched it for the audience that came of age when the original movie was released in 1995 – Gen X. Well, it would be hard not to. The movie is so entrenched in 1990’s teenage culture that to try and tear it away from it’s roots would be folly. Besides, its original fans are all grown up and should have the bucks to spring for a theater ticket. And the “Clueless” update includes a nod to today’s activist sentiments, without political overtones. So that it ends on an upbeat, rousing moment that places it squarely in this day and age. Smart.Read More
Month: December 2018
The show is mostly misguided, but it does have some heartfelt moments. If only the writers had trusted the two stars, they would have an entertaining show that should still not be enough to fill a Broadway stage, but would at least have been more consistently fun.Read More
Like Emily in Our Town coming back after death to live one more day and suddenly seeing the details of life magnified, “Oh, world, you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” So Goldberg is asking us to pause and see the details of life.Read More
It would be a cheap shot to say Noura, is just a contemporary version of A Doll’s House, with an Iraqi-refugee wash. But, it gets us in the ballpark.
There are many intriguing parallels, but Raffo’s Noura borrows judiciously and enriches profoundly.
When, and how, do the stories we tell about ourselves turn from fables to lies? And can we find ourselves again amidst the constructs we’ve built up? These are the questions Lynn Nottage asks in “Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine,” currently being revived by Signature Theatre. It’s no coincidence that the word “fabulation” is a term of art not only in psychology, but in literary criticism too. In medical or psychological usage, it describes the act of telling untruthful stories by a person who believes they are real or who cannot deal with real events. In literary criticism, it denotes a style that is similar to or combines magical realism and post modernism. It therefore combines realistic and unrealistic or fantasy elements in one work. “Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine” operates on both levels.Read More
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