Author: Tulis McCall

Sakina’s Restaurant

Early on in Sakina’s Restaurant, Aasif Mandvi – both author and sole actor – is a narrator, Azgi, who a recent arrival to America from India.  Soon after he gets here he tells us, I have found that in America, if you just smile and nod your head, and say “yes, yes, yes, you are absolutely right” people love you!   This is pretty much how this play is structured.  There is a lot of yes, yes, yes as we empathize with these characters’ journeys.  There is not, however, some specific element that ties them all together, other than their heritage.

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What The Constitution Means To Me

All in all, Schreck’s is an electric presentation  One only wishes she would be presenting it for a joint session of Congress.  Not that they would listen, but osmosis would be bound to achieve something. Wouldn’t it???

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Girl From The North Country

Girl From The North Country is one of those once-in-a-lifetime productions.  You, I, we go to the theatre like some people go to church or temple or the Mosque or wherever it is that spirit touches your life.  We go out of obligation or curiosity or habit.  Most of the time it is worth it because we are touched on some level that we did not know existed.  Then there are those few and magnificent occasions when you see a show like Girl From The North Country and the lid is blown off of your life.

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As the leader of this motley crew of fine actors in Bernhardt/Hamlet, Janet McTeer is quite, quite wonderful.  Period.  She is mercurial and thoughtful.  She conveys the feeling that she is looking for just the right word to say, and that she herself is not certain what that might be.  She keeps you on alert, which is the job of an actor.  Less satisfying is the play Bernhardt/Hamlet in which McTeer is appearing.

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