Tag Archives: Kim Ostrenko
Quite a come back year: World premieres, epic musicals, moving two-character dramas, you name it. Here’s not so much a “best of the year” list – no such list can be reliable or complete – but a random recognition of outstanding performances, productions, trends and just moments that theaterlovers will carry with them into 2023.
The hard truth is that virtually no live theater is really chilling. A moment might make you jump, but a production likely will not haunt you. Okay, the London production of The Woman in Black. Now there’s a new contender, Boca Stage’s discomfiting mounting of The Thin Place, a kind of late Halloween gift.
Kim Ostrenko’s performance under the direction of Keith Garsson in Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside at Boca Stage is simply one of the most outstanding we’ve seen in this banner year of excellent theater.
Spurred by mortality, human beings struggling to repair connections as conduits toward understanding their lives form the crux of Primal Force’s intimate exploration of relationships in the intriguing Communion. A flawed mother dying of cancer, her estranged born-again daughter and a therapist with her own problems dance emotionally prickly pas de deuxs in this incisively acted and directed play.
When Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement bowed in 2013, the satirical indictment of homophobia, hypocrisy and a half-dozen other themes was a witty and insightful commentary. In the context of last week’s election, Island City Stage’s production is a terrifying reminder of the dangers of navigating a repressive culture through submissive accommodation.
If Arthur Miller were also a doctor on the side, he might have written a play like Unlikely Heroes. A family drama full of long-harbored resentments and new ones stemming from intimate secrets revealed, this world premiere on view at Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center also hinges on a potentially fatal condition that will require an organ donation
Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz poses a difficult mélange of tones, and Parade Productions’ production doesn’t smoothly meld Laufer’s various parts. That said, the stand-alone strands of farcical comedy, subtler black humor and heart-rending pathos are delivered independently with quite satisfying results through skilled performances molded and guided by director Kim St. Leon.
Steven Dietz’s insightful script, David Arisco’s assured direction and a deceptively deft cast led by the ever-engaging Laura Turnbull deliver a thoroughly entertaining comedy in Becky’s New Car at Actors Playhouse that will give your mind something substantial to mull over long after the house lights come on.