As Argentine theater director German D’Alessandro says, “We are still in search of what is really our tradition in theatre and culture generally speaking.” This is also, however, a great strength, as Mr. D’Alessandro notes: “Because we are not part of any important tradition we can risk more than other countries.” This risk is a beautiful thing that allows for many beautiful plays like El pasado es un animal grotesco.
John Allis attends the world premiere production of Charles Waxberg’s A Shade of Green at Theater 9/12, and comes back praising every element highly.
John Allis takes in Annex’s Cocktails at the Centre of the Earth, and while it is every bit the zany, madcap, pun-filled steampunk romp it promises to be, there’s not much else there.
Strawberry Workshop’s production of Theresa Rebeck’s The Bells is a mystery that evokes the isolation found in the Klondikes at the turn of the 20th Century as a backdrop. José Amador breaks it down to its component parts and shares the results.
Tartuffe is a neoclassical play. In order to translate it into English for a modern American audience, one must choose not only between meaning and sound, prose and poetry, but also between spirit and accuracy, idiom and trope.