In appropriate, a talented young playwright turns mischievous literary homage into a work of exhilarating entertainment.
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Mothers & Sons raises important questions about struggle, acceptance, and love, dramatizing battles that are still being waged.
The problem is that John August’s book for the musical lacks most of what made his screenplay for the 2003 film so emotionally resonant for so many.
Playwright Ken Urban doesn’t seem to have a strong point of view about his thirtysomethings-in-a-muddle; neither does he allow them to change or grow.
“The pain depicted on stage must cut to the bone, inspire a seemingly impossible empathy within me, within the audience.”
Attempting to dig underneath our protective psychic skins to get at the festering Ids within, John Kuntz would like Necessary Monsters to mesh laughter and fright, comedy and horror.
The play’s lead characters – representing polar opposites, cultural versus religious Judaism – ultimately exhaust one another, and us.
In the musical Far From Heaven, the pleasure of Cathy’s first-act dream overwhelms the anguish of her second-act awakening.
The trio of writers has flattened Stephen King’s gaggle of high school teens into two-dimensional clichés, devoid of any adolescent intensity.
Unlike much of what comes through the new play development pipeline, “The Whale” proffers a coherent narrative structure — the result is a well-crafted, somewhat edgy, domestic tragedy.