Author: Donna Herman

Boesman and Lena

There’s a reason that Athol Fugard’s 1969 award-winning play “Boseman and Lena” was on the reading list of every Modern Drama class in the country by the mid 1970’s.  Well, maybe not in the deep South.  It’s a brilliant play about two people living in South Africa at that time and how their lives were affected by apartheid. In its current incarnation at Signature Theatre, Yaël Farber has created a stunning production that is at once so familiar and yet on the passing edge of understanding that we sit breathless, like the characters, unsure of what the next moment will bring, knowing that we have no hand in what’s to come, praying that it will be peaceful. 

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Hurricane Diane

“Hurricane Diane” has landed in town with a bang, and I’d advise you NOT to evacuate, but to go get wet and windblown!  She’s landed at the New York Theatre Workshop in Madeleine George’s bitingly funny play about the pissed-off god Dionysus who has living as a permaculture gardener in Vermont named Diane (Becca Blackwell).

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The Price of Thomas Scott

While there’s nothing terribly wrong with The Mint Theater Company’s current production of forgotten playwright Elizabeth Baker’s “The Price of Thomas Scott,” there’s nothing particularly compelling about it either.  It has a couple of very good performances, excellent period costumes, and a conflict around an issue that has no relevancy in today’s world.

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The Light

“The Light” is the full package – great writing, superb acting, sensitive direction, excellent production values and timely, relevant subject matter presented with honesty, humor, dignity, passion and love. A powerful and affecting combination.

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Weightless

Written and performed by The Kilbanes, a self-styled “theatrical rock group” out of San Francisco, “Weightless” is part theater, part concert and completely electrifying.

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