Tag Archives: Iain Batchelor
Do not go to Actors’ Playhouse’s Murder on the Orient Express expecting the grim locked-room mystery at the heart of the films or the novel. This 2017 edition is penned by the playwright of Lend Me A Tenor. If you can wipe the tone of those earlier efforts from your mind, you will likely find yourself chuckling much of the night at these theater veterans turn the Christie classic into a cute, often quite funny two-hour comedy sketch.
Shattering. Penetrating. Upsetting. Only a few of the adjectives elicited by Claudia Rankine’s drama The White Card at GableStage, a searing if polemic evening cross-examining progressive white citizens who believe they are opposing racial inequity and racist violence. How you interpret what you hear and see here will vary wildly depending on how you view yourself and what you believe.
A central facet of his premiere Watson at GableStage is depicting what may be the world’s first personal information disaster, a horrifying tragedy as American-licensed technology is sold to the Nazis who later use it to identify Jews for extermination. But what resonates in these times are capitalism’s responsibility to humanity, and the intentional blindness styling itself as innocent ignorance.