Time weaves ribbon of memory to sweeten life when youth is through and rivers run where they can ramble— but it’s time to take time to see all of the magic they’ve got to do— the they being Monumental Theatre Company and the magic being their street-savvy modern coming-of-age production of Pippin. Directed by Rebeca Wahls with Musical Direction by Leigh Delano and Choreography by Ahmad Maaty, this sleek and slick production of Stephen Schwartz’ Pippin is reaching out to a new generation;
“Sic semper tyrannis!” The three words shouted in 1865 that halted the world, orphaned a nation, and widowed the First Lady of the United States. But such a toll more than just her husband did those words and one single gunshot take from Mary Todd Lincoln. In a visceral and edgy new musical by Jan Levy Tranen and Jay Schwandt, the aftermath of those left in President Lincoln’s wake is explored and the focal lens honed sharply on the president’s widow.
Now is a time to speak, I harken! Can my heart consent to let my tongue throw out such words? Such words as Jacobean Comedy? Quizzically oxymoronic in its nature, the notion that something humorous came out of the era of brutal bloody tragedies often circling like flagrant vultures around things like depravity and incest is preposterous. Until you see A King and No King, appearing now as the lighter half of The Incest Rep at Brave Spirits Theatre.
Let’s face it: Parma is a nasty, nasty place. It’s got people cheating on their spouses, and plots of revenge, even before it gets all incesty. Which, of course, it does, this being part of Brave Spirits’ Incest Rep, along with A King and No King, by Beaumont and Fletcher. Those Jacobeans liked their plays dark, and that’s perfect to help Brave Spirits’ pledge of “Verse and Violence”.
The most available bachelorette in Parma is the beautiful Annabella,
Brave Spirits Theatre are brave spirits indeed. Henri IV is a vast, sprawling, powerful epic of a play. It ranges from intimate love scenes to political intrigue, battles of swords to battles of wits, comedy and tragedy and honor and cowardice. It takes an ambitious theater troupe to portray 67 characters with a dozen actors, and set a variety of different acting challenges. Brave Spirits has both ambition and the skill to achieve it.