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James Baldwin dedicated his play “Blues for Mr. Charlie” to the memory of Medgar Evers and of the four girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing, all violent moments in the Civil Rights struggles of the 1950s and '60s. Baldwin…
Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:01

'Walking the Tightrope' at COCA is nicely balanced

Written by Laura Kyro
Los Angeles' 24th Street Theatre recently presented "Walking the Tightrope"—a little gem of a theatrical production—at COCA, the Center of Creative Arts in University City. The touring production was on site February 21–22, 2015.
If there's one thing Edward Albee knows, without equivocation, it is the darker side of intimacy. The deep cuts two people can inflict on each other, the way they keep jabbing at the same wounds, ensuring they never heal but…
The St. Louis Repertory Theatre's current production, "The Winslow Boy," by Terrence Rattigan, is, at its heart, a play about fatherly love, loyalty and social justice. The show is thoughtfully directed by Steven Woolf, and features fully engaged, well-developed performances…
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 20:58

Not very sweet Mr. Marmalade

Written by Bob Wilcox
Lucy is four years old. Her divorced mother works as a waitress. Lucy spends a lot of time alone.
Mustard Seed Theatre's current production is the world premier of local playwright Rob Maesaka's touching historic fiction, "White to Gray." The story intertwines interracial romance and ages-long battles between parents and their children with history. In particular, the show offers…
Yasmina Reza has crafted a wickedly funny, sharply pointed play that questions just how civilized we really are, as a society. The realistically absurd plot digs further, questioning the value of not allowing time and space for our more primitive…
Monday, 09 February 2015 18:46

Ain't no flies on 'Stick Fly'

Written by Bob Wilcox
The place where the play takes place and the people in that place make “Stick Fly” something out of the ordinary.
Some teachers want to inspire children, to build their minds and prepare them for the future. Other teachers want to protect children, to insulate them from the dangers of reality, to nurture and to care for them. In Evelyne de…
"O the tango is done with a thin black moustache a wide scarlet sash, black boots and a whip."  When Jerry Leiber wrote those lyrics for "The Tango" (recorded in 1975 by Peggy Lee), he was reflecting the darkly sensual…
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