Tag Archives: Blackfriar Theatre

Theatre Review: The Fair Maid of the Exchange

We like to make events out of premiers. The opening weekend of movies, we track how many millions of dollars of revenue they bring in (compared to how many hundreds of millions they required to produce). When a world or … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Sister

One of my readers noticed a similarity between a Shakespeare traveling group, The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, whom she saw in her hinterland region some years ago and the Blackfriar Theatre ensemble of whom reviewed recently for their production of School … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: School for Scandal

The pretense of the elite is always a good butt for a joke. In the 18th century, the theatre style Comedy of Manners, excelled at displaying the folly of those who has wealth enough to be fools. Richard Sheridan’s The … 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: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Existentialism has codified for us that anxiety about personal flaws and inadequacy is a 20th century realization.  Prior centuries deluded themselves with romanticism, class systems, and theological dogma.  Tragic or Comic theatrical structures dominated the stage from the Greeks though … 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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