Tag Archives: Arena Stage

Theatre Review: I must be So-Mantic

In January we decided to move closer to joining the 21st century by setting up a Roku for our TV screen.  We could now live-stream movies.  A year or so ago, The Mrs had set up an Amazon Prime account, … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Kleptocracy, by Kenneth Lin

I have been reading a book on art and philosophy, which is rather thick (thanks, Bro for that Christmas present), The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, by Arthur C. Danto. In the first chapter, which took me a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Theatre Review & Dept. of Alternative Facts: “The Great Society”

The Great Society: (n) government programs promoted by President Johnson between 1964 to 1968 related to rural and urban infrastructure development, the national highway system, health insurance for elderly (Medicare), civil rights, etc.; Robert Schenkkan’s play currently at Arena Stage … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The Pajama Game

Back in mid-November, we went to Arena Stage to see The Pajama Game.  With all the wrangling in Congress over health-care and taxes, tripping over self-imposed deadlines, and all the popular culture sexual indiscretion scandals going on, a fluffy musical … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Native Gardens

I recently had a discussion with a fellow blogger about how we write around personal issues. Our generation does not often openly release posts about distressing events. We are more likely to write about pleasant activities. This is not to … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Introspection on Three Plays

The theatre season has come to an end this Spring. So many shows, so little time to write about them. Thus, with three un-reviewed play programs stationed at my writing spot, I contemplated what they had in common. Intelligence, A … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Plays In a Period of Political Turmoil

Our political theatre is in high gear in the USA and world-wide. Oppressors and insurgents; Secular and Religious zealots; Globalists and Isolationists; Capitalist and Socialists; where is Solomon, Shakespeare, and Shaw when you need them? Recently, we had a theatre-weekend … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): Carousel and Henry VI, Part 2

Why do we tell a story, when we know the end will be sad?  Fate? The blues? Catharsis? Hope? Thirty-five years ago, I came across a copy of Will and Ariel Durant’s eleven volume text, The Story of Civilization, in … Continue reading

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Theatre Reviews: King Lear, The Little Foxes, & Election 2016

Conspiracies and conspiracy theories.  Friends and foes.  Power, politics and rivalries.  Great stuff for theatre.  Not so desirable to live through.  An early conspiracy theory that emerged during the presidential primary cycles was that candidate Donald Trump was not really … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): “All the Way” and “Henry V”

  I have commented before that having Shakespeare’s history plays, of Roman and English leaders, I do not need much more to understand history and politics.  A month or so back, we saw a new play, All the Way, at … Continue reading

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