Sex and identity issues inform the comic love triangle in Kitchen Theatre’s Cock
Cockfight was the title a squeamish New York Times used two years ago when Mike Bartlett’s award-winning dark comedy Cock opened. In shunning the title used for the earlier London opening, the Gray Lady was on to something. Consider the starkly bare stage from set designer David L. Arsenault that director Margarett Perry has chosen for the production at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company, running through Sunday, March 9. There’s not a single prop, not even a strip of masking tape on the floor.
An American salesman gets embroiled in East-West comic dilemmas in Syracuse Stage’s Chinglish
David Henry Hwang was still a kid-playwright when he burst upon the scene with his Tony-winning M. Butterfly 25 years ago. Taking Puccini’s Madame Butterfly as a template, it was a deeply serious work about Western misperception and exploitation, with echoes of the dreadful experience in Vietnam. Since then both the times and the playwright have changed. China has become an economic behemoth, allowing Hwang to unleash his madcap inner muse.
Power, seduction and bad movies are the ingredients for SU Drama’s Speed-the-Plow
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An unemployed exec whines with wit in Neil Simon’s Prisoner of Second Avenue
Neil Simon’s rarely revived The Prisoner of Second Avenue is the darkest of all his comedies, bar none. So many misfortunes befall hapless adman Mel Edison that he feels like an anticipation of the Joe Benjamin character in the playwright’s God’s Favorite, Simon’s comic take on The Book of Job, written a few years later. Snip out the frequent laughter in Prisoner, running through March 1 at Appleseed Productions, and you’re left with a rough draft of Death of a Salesman set in midtown Manhattan. The secret is that the prisoner of the title does not rage against his fate or even bitch. What he does is kvetch, a Yiddish word implying complaint with a sense of absurdity in it all.
Le Moyne students tackle childhood woes in The Fourth Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide
Playwright Sean Graney’s longish title, The Fourth Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide, contains different messages and could easily be misinterpreted. The setting is in a brightly lit parochial school, where all the students wear gray sweaters, with the boys in ties and the girls in tartan skirts. In this Boot and Buskin Theatre Group production, running through Saturday, Feb. 22, at Le Moyne College, all the performers are college age, affecting to move and talk like 9-year-olds. At first it feels faux naïf, but is soon revealed to be something more sinister. Despite running less than an hour, this is not a show for kids.
Producing artistic director Timothy Bond continues the high standards that have distinguished Syracuse Stage for 40 years
It’s an old, old building with new curb appeal. At base a remodeled 1914 movie house, Syracuse Stage’s Archbold Theatre has long been a familiar fixture on East Genesee Street, downhill from the Syracuse University campus. It looks different now, though. During the six-and-a-half year tenure of producing artistic director Timothy Bond, it has become a prime station on the Connective Corridor.
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Welcome to the weekly web video series: "Redhouse: All the Drama of Making Art, All the Heart of Changing People's Lives." (Every Thursday)
Photos of 2013 SALT Award Winners and 2013/14 SALT Academy.
There's no business like show business! Below are the photos of winners for the January - August 2013 SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) and the new 2013/14 SALT Academy.
Theater veteran Gerard Moses leads a spirited cast in Shakespeare’s King Lear.
No other local performer enjoys greater authenticity on stage than does Gerard Moses. He’s a teacher of actors, an actor’s actor. As a Syracuse University Drama Department faculty member he took on more roles at Syracuse Stage than any colleague. Unlike other department members, Moses has also given generously of himself to community projects.