Author: Tulis McCall

Proof of Love

In Proof Of Love, Constance Daley (Brenda Pressley) is “as close as you can get to a WASP while being black.” She is immaculate in her presentation and in her well-ordered life.  The fact that she is nearly estranged from her daughter is a deep wound that she treats as a mere annoyance.  She knows better in all manner of ways – the correct way to speak, the correct way to carry herself.  Until her husband winds up in a car accident and she discovered that she doesn’t know anything about anything.

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AVENUE Q – winner of three 2004 Tony Awards including Best Musical – will close May 26 Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 W. 50 Street). The musical which has been a part of the New York theatrical landscape for 15+ years, both on Broadway and Off Broadway is produced by Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman, Jeffrey Seller, Vineyard Theatre and The New Group, will have played a total of 6569 performances upon closing:  from its first Broadway preview on July 14, 2003 to its final performance May 26, 2019.  

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GARY – A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

I saw this show days ago. I am still in stun mode.  I rarely cannot find a place to start, but this production is so slippery that it keeps wiggling out of my hands.  It doesn’t get far, of course, because like so many of the victims that are piled high on the stage, it is missing ambulatory appendages that will take it anywhere.

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This is a supremely well-intentioned piece by Christopher Chen.  He is thinking of the big picture as it is lived out in the small rooms of life.  I hope he continues on this journey.  But with Passage Chen swaps out specificity for generalities, details for philosophy, and emotions for platitudes.  It ends up being a singularly uninteresting event – despite the intentions of the author and the fine work of this cast.

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