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We’ve written a paragraph like this only two or three times: Stop what you are doing. Stop reading this review. Go to the phone or online and order tickets right now for Ground Up & Rising’s superb production of Stephen Adly Gurgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street.
Actors’ Playhouse pulls out all the stops to mount its annual winter centerpiece production. Director David Arisco molded a troupe of actor-singer-dancers who deliver a vibrant evening remarkable for its prolonged sections of power and verve.
Ground Up & Rising’s courageous production of 9 Circles is a dichotomy that is deeply felt and deeply flawed at the same time – bluntly and uninhibitedly slashing away at one dimension of a brilliant subtle multi-dimensional script.
Ground Up & Rising, the itinerant Miami company that has been rising and falling and rising since 2006, is rising once again with a play to bow during the holiday weekend, plans for a second production this season and the announcement of a new artistic director.
Taking a play that could easily be average and creating an inspired work is a thing of theater beauty. It comes from a director’s ability to envision what they want and go full in and, then it’s having actors who can help to further that vision. When there’s that synergy, it’s like watching magic unfold onstage. Such is Kutumba’s Julie Johnson.
Inarticulate people hold forth in a bar in a torrent of existential philosophy and metaphorical verbiage in John Patrick Shanley’s Savage In Limbo at the Alliance Theatre Lab. But if Shanley lets them go on way too long, it’s undeniable that this cast wrenches at the audience’s heart as they depict humanity’s fundamental yearning to change their lives and find “something better.”
The old joke goes “How do porcupines make love? Very carefully.” In Ground Up and Rising’s sad and ultimately moving production of Gruesome Playground Injuries, the answer may be “not at all.” The difficulty of forging relationships among emotionally wounded people is at the heart of this decidedly off-beat, oddly-made play.