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Main Street Players’ unsparing edition of Lynn Nottage’s stunning Sweat insightfully tracks the spiraling toilet spin of blue collar workers as economic changes devastate their incomes and the substance of their lives.
Zoetic Stage’s Mlima’s Tale is a theatrically-lush indictment of illegal ivory trafficking and shared responsibility for the slaughter of animals, not so much for the artistic trinkets that result, but for human greed. Imagine a Discovery Channel documentary dramatically told as a fever dream awash in lights, sound, music and movement.
There are probably 27 synonyms for the word funny and 157 familiar tropes. All the words apply and all the classic bits can be found in Actors’ Playhouse’s farce One Man, Two Guvnors.
From the trumpet blast opening the world premiere Havana Music Hall at Actors’ Playhouse, the stage explodes with color and light and, above all, that pulsing music, all ablaze with a vibrancy and vitality of a time and a world far away. This recreation of a Cuban nightclub in 1958 likely makes the point clearer than any speech or treatise about the cultural, spiritual and artistic treasure that was lost when Castro seized power.
At some workplaces, employees indulge in healthy rivalry, support each other professionally and personally and, sometimes, forge deep friendships that last long after the job has ended. That is not the kind of environment the editorial assistants toil in the caustically dark dramatic comedy Gloria, getting a whip-smart production at GableStage.
While Infinite Abyss deserves praise for attempting the abysmal script for Love and Human Remains, they simply cannot force this intentionally bizarre journey rife with explicit sex, nudity, blood and emotional violence to seem like anything but a ham-handed amateurish mess.
Outré Theatre Company’s edition of Tommy demonstrates how skill, imagination and pure guts can triumph over the most modest of means. Its greatest virtue in bringing the classic rock opera to the postage stamp stage is a total, laser-focused tsunami-strength commitment.