Tag Archives: Blackfriar Theatre

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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Theatre Review(s): Love’s Shipwreck

The theme of love is one of the most worked over storylines throughout history.  Hardly a movie, novel, sociology, psychology, neuroscience study today does not get back to human relationships and love.  Literature from the Hebrew scriptures through Greek and … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Henry VI, Part 1

If Shakespeare wrote poorly, Henry VI, Part 1 would demonstrate this. Harold Bloom (The Invention of the Human) attributed this to Shakespeare cutting his teeth in the theatre, as Henry VI, Part 1 is one of his earlier plays. Possibly, Shakespeare was … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Revisiting Classical Theatre

In today’s arts and entertainment markets, theatres distinguish them by specializing in different eras and styles of productions. In the Washington, D.C. region Arena Stage is the flagship of American drama, with additional niches in plays about politics and African-American … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Every Man in His Humor, by Ben Jonson

Humor to us means jokes, stand-up comics, sit-com TV shows, funny movies, comic plays, musical-comedy Broadway shows. To an Elizabethan audience, similar genre of humor existed. But, to that audience humor also meant the body fluids that governed someone’s general … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The White Devil

Should some stories not be told?  I am not in favor of censorship.  Yet, a number of popular entertainment options never come on my list.  I am not much into “chick-flicks” or “mayhem horror” genre movies.  My concern is the … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The Taming of the Shrew

The play-within-a-play is a common device in Elizabethan theatre. Memorable ones occur in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Hamlet, the prince arranges for some players to put on a play about someone killing a king to obtain his … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The Rover

In a recent blog in my Art of the Gospels series, I made reference to Egyptian art symbols and culture, which became part of Greek and Roman art symbols and culture, and then absorbed into Christian art symbols and culture. … Continue reading

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