REVIEW: MAMMOTH: A DE-EXTINCTION LOVE STORY

**SPOILERS** A gunshot rings out near the end Buran Theatre’s challenging new play, Mammoth: A De-Extinction Love Story, and a mammoth drops dead. Following that, the shooter approaches the dead creature’s companion (another mammoth) and seeks to justify his actions. He relates to the surviving mammoth, by pointing out he too lost his wife “in a brou-ha-ha…ha…ha,” adding that he “never knows how many ha-ha’s … Continue reading REVIEW: MAMMOTH: A DE-EXTINCTION LOVE STORY

PRE-GAME: BURAN’S MAMMOTH: A DE-EXTINCTION LOVE STORY

This weekend, Buran Theatre’s production of Mammoth: A De-Extinction Love Story will open at the Brick, where it is being presented as part of their Resident Artists series. Adam R. Burnett is Artistic Director of Buran Theatre and as such his plays are the driving force behind the company. After years of seeing his work and corresponding with him, I consider Adam a friend and … Continue reading PRE-GAME: BURAN’S MAMMOTH: A DE-EXTINCTION LOVE STORY

REVIEW: THE TEMPLE, OR, LEBENSRAUM

*SPOILERS* In considering Nat Cassidy’s absorbing new play, The Temple, or, Lebensraum, we would do well to first consider the many functions and responsibilities of adaptation. Cassidy’s play takes many elements from an H.P. Lovecraft short story from the 1920s called The Temple; though I think to say it is “inspired by” the story as Cassidy does in the playbill is indeed a more fair … Continue reading REVIEW: THE TEMPLE, OR, LEBENSRAUM

PRE-GAME: THE TEMPLE, OR LEBENSRAUM

My first proper Pre-Game of 2015 is for The Temple, or Lebensraum, which had its opening last night at The Brick, where it is being presented as part of 2015 Resident Artist Series. It will play through next weekend. Nat Cassidy is a super talented (and super nice) guy, whose work as a playwright, director, actor, and musician I have been sorely under exposed to. … Continue reading PRE-GAME: THE TEMPLE, OR LEBENSRAUM

REVIEW: ASYMMETRIC

*SPOILERS, if you care about such things* There is a concept of terrifying beauty at the center of Asymmetric, an idea that encapsulates decades of American foreign policy with chilling accuracy. This idea doesn’t emerge until about midway through the show, so it helps that this svelte, deeply political espionage drama from playwright Mac Rogers clicks along so doggone fast. Produced by Gideon Productions in … Continue reading REVIEW: ASYMMETRIC

PRE-GAME: GIDEON PRODUCTIONS’ ASYMMETRIC

I have been dragging my feet on putting together this Pre-Game for Gideon Productions’ Asymmetric before my proper review posts in the next few days. There are a number of things contributing to this – two other reviews already in the queue for the site, a bigger project that I’ve been working on for Pop Matters about Joss Whedon, and also the wonderful and frenetic … Continue reading PRE-GAME: GIDEON PRODUCTIONS’ ASYMMETRIC

REVIEW: JACUZZI

In preparation for The Debate Society’s new play Jacuzzi, I wrote a very long thing about the different narrative effects and meanings water has had in all of their plays. I was delighted to find that the fully functionally hot tub that is the centerpiece of this new production actually represents something very simple and obvious: wealth and status. Presented as the culmination of the company’s three-year residency with … Continue reading REVIEW: JACUZZI