All posts by Joseph R. Kennedy

Bright Half Life at The Strand Theatre

When I was
considering attending Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life, I committed a
horrendous crime, in that I read a review containing a summary.  A couple starting out like a fire caused by a
comet.  The marvelous beginning, the slow
and painful waning, and an end showcasing the doom that was always in store, as
if asking us if it was really worth the good times.  Knowing the half-life referred to a
relationship and not a radioactive isotope was all I was after! 

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Steel Magnolias at Spotlighters Theatre

I wasn’t sure what to think about
seeing a play I had only ever heard of as an acclaimed movie.  Director Fuzz Roark assuaged those fears by
allowing us to experience the story in a setting not only made more intimate by
being kept in the same room as Alan Zemla’s set designs, but also brought to
our senses by virtue of Spotlighters Theater being a cozy space.  Being so very close to the action made you
not an audience member at a play,

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Torn Kid at Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective & Cohesion Theatre

Something
I wasn’t prepared for when I walked into the theater to see Tornkid was
that I would slowly become a part of the play. 
The first scene seemed to have more characters on set than I’m used to
seeing in the introduction to a story, as a series of people sitting on pillows
at the edge of the audience played silent ancestor spirits of the main
characters, clapping their hands to send signs to our hero and narrator,

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Variations on Myth at Rapid Lemon

In Rapid Lemon’s Variations on
Myth
, director T. P. Huth takes advantage of the emotional ride a series of
ten-minute plays can create if presented in an order that allows them to
strengthen one another. It is too often that a series of smaller plays is
presented as hors d’oeuvres, being consumed individually without thought to if
the first appetizes the audience for the second, whereas this collection of ten-minute
plays formed a cohesive experience.

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