The Whistler in the Dark production does right by the gaunt power of “Vinegar Tom” — if only dramatist Caryl Churchill hadn’t served up such a tidily edifying coven of alleged sorceresses.
Director Meg Taintor’s demands on her five young actors – three women and two men — are very high, requiring not only daring, but physical stamina and skill, dance training, mime training, fight training, and musicianship as well as dramatic power.
Director Meg Taintor’s fine staging of Howard Barker’s play focuses on the complex script’s affecting personal through line: the growing love between reluctant war hero and disgraced victim, and their struggle to fashion something real amid the growing artificiality around them. The Europeans by Howard Barker. Directed by Meg Taintor. Staged by Whistler in the […]
By Bill Marx Now in its third year under the watchful eye of the admirable Whistler in the Dark Theatre, FeverFest presents a selection of Boston’s fringe groups in an evening of short performances, a sort of theatrical tasting event billed as a round up of “explosive work by vital young companies.” Tonight will be […]
By Bill Marx I narrate disintegration among rulers And the kindness of the enemy I report the speed at which fear grips the innovative And the intolerable loneliness of the habitually free — From Howard Barker’s poem “Gary Upright” A Hard Heart by Howard Barker. Directed by Richard Romagnoli. Presented by Whistler in the Dark […]
By Bill Marx “I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly.” — Howard Barker Given the New York Times’s unenthusiastic review of an off-Broadway staging of Howard Barker’s A Hard Heart back in December – “Kathleen Chalfant can perform such miracles onstage that she has […]