Author: Kendra Jones

Three Houses

Beautifully detailed lyrics of reminiscence depicting Susan, Sadie, and Beckett’s memories and joy of childhoods spent with their grandparents transport us “Over the river and through the woods…” This is a performance I loved every bit of in the moment, and just as much afterwards. Three Houses gives us the grown-up-version of the classic tale. The wolf gets in, the wolf always gets in; we always knew he would.

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Mary Jane

Mary Jane gives the audience a brief insight into the responsibilites, the committment, of doctors, mothers, home nurses. We see the optimism that oozes from them day and night, in the most emotional, trauamtic, and unexpected incidents. Although Mary Jane’s son cannot live without a human tending to his every unspoken need, she separates him so distantly from being a sick boy with special needs. He is a toddler that watches Sesame Street and understands his mother’s questions. He is a stubborn almost-three-year-old. He takes medication through an IV drip. One of his vocal chords is paralyzed. But he loves fish and dogs. He likes seeing his breath in winter. 

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“Hands up for Father God.” Teeth is a comical, gross, and over the top production of slashing and gore personifying the mental process and aftermath of freeing oneself from a wrath.

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The fluidity of gender and defying social norms take center stage. Feathers, sequins, tulle, lots of tulle, so much tulle. Orlando notes how change of clothes can change a person: clothes wear us—how the world sees us, how we see others. We see a human with a thousand lives lived—a human with many more versions of themselves to come. Ruhl’s writing allows the audience to be drawn onto the stage–that if we don’t care as much about Orlando’s affairs, we at least care how he carries each one into the next version of himself.

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Corruption, directed by Bartlett Sher and written by J.T. Rogers, allows the audience to see behind the curtain of a media empire. Whether we’re entering this performance with little knowledge of the phone hacking scandal that engulfed Murdoch’s empire in 2011, or if we have avidly followed these events through US or the British newspapers, we are dropped into scenes of triumph, ambition, frustration, and conquering–on both sides of the seemingly never-ending fight. Are we the jury, putting morality on trial?

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