Author: Raphael Badagliacca

Pound

Words matter.

If theater reviews were only confined to two words, those would be the two I would use to review the plot, the theme and the controversial subject matter of “Pound” – a play about the twentieth century expatriate American poet accused of treason.

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Fruit Trilogy

The experience breaks down along gender lines.  I suppose young boys who were abused or soldiers marching off to doomed battles feel thrust into a reality machine that processes them as bodies only.  By giving voice to what may be extreme cases, the play speaks to aspects of what must be every woman’s daily experience. 

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Josh: The Black Babe Ruth

Michael A. Jones has written a stirring chronicle of the life of Josh Gibson, widely recognized as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, if not the greatest, whose talents were never displayed on the stage they deserved because of an accident of time — the color of his skin.  For this reason, the drama has reverberations that go well beyond baseball, yet it remains a baseball story through and through, with draw and delight for fans of theater, fans of history and baseball fans more used to taking a seat in a stadium than a theater.

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