Author: Stanford Friedman

The Rat Trap

Wedded bliss. Marital splendor. Joyful union. Matrimony hath many the happy descriptor. But, in 1918, for a budding 18-year-old playwright named Noël Coward, marriage was The Rat Trap. 

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Evanston Salt Costs Climbing

Evanston, IL seems an unlikely spot to serve as the frozen, dark epicenter of suicidal thoughts and vanished pasts. But for Peter, a salt truck driver, and his co-worker Basil, its icy roads and salt storage facility are where dreams go to die. The pair are perhaps distant relatives of Beckett’s Didi and Gogo. But instead of waiting for Godot, they are slipping toward irrelevance.

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Good Enemy

The work brings fresh urgency to the 1980’s aftermath of China’s Cultural Revolution, when young citizens experimented with forgoing the Communist Party in favor of the cocktail party,

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Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical

Eight actors and one hand puppet portray over a dozen characters in Jonathan Hogue’s pressurized fire hose of a musical. This parody of the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, had its initial run in 2021 and blasts back with its original director, several original cast members, and some new recruits, all getting down to rowdy business.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

This hot and heavy-handed masterwork by our foremost playwright of sexual repression is stuffed with Southern Gothic characters, moral quandaries, exposed thighs, overt metaphors and irritating children.

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