Author: Ilaria

storytime with What Will the Neighbors Say?

The company, What Will the Neighbors Say?, has debuted 9 original plays, including numerous new works all over the world and hosts free community events to boot. Tonight’s event was about bringing together a community, sharing stories in a safe space-exploring what it means to be a human being living this experience at this time on this planet. And that is what I experienced…

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Willa’s Authentic Self

It was amusing and refreshing to see theater not take itself too seriously.  I was smiling through most of the production enjoying the feeling of not knowing what would come next.  Do not come here looking for a linear experience. Bring an open mind and sense of absurdity with you and you won’t leave disappointed.

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The Sign In Sydney Brustein’s Window

It’s hard to say at first what The Sign in Sydney Brustein’s Window, written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Anne Kaufman, is all about. Is it about modern man’s need to believe in something? Society’s inequalities, homophobia, racism, sexism, classism-all of the above? Yes, I believe it is. 

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shadow/land transports us to the heart of New Orleans 2005; the year Hurricane Katrina makes her catastrophic landing. The play is set in a black-owned nightclub spanning multiple generations of a once hopping, cultural hotbed of jazz greats. Ruth, (Joniece Abbott-Pratt), desperate to get to safer ground, must contend with her determined octogenarian mother, who suffers from middle stage dementia and is in no hurry to leave her club for a meager storm. Over the next 90 minutes we witness first hand the mother-daughter dynamic; their loves, regrets, denials, and pain and the agony that befalls the two women as they spend days trapped on top of their nightclubs’s bar surrounded by water. 

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