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Native Gardens is, indeed, a comedy infused with character-based humor that satisfies as a warm summer evening of laughs. But Karen Zacarías’ social satire at GableStage gently weaves in themes about a new generation gap, unintentional racism, pride, ambition, immigration, borders, ageism, classism, competition, obsession and a half-dozen other topics.
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.
The Lost Virginity Tour, produced by Pigs Do Fly Productions, tells of four senior women who take a roadtrip across the country to revisit the sites where they…. well, read the title.
Theatre Lab’s family-friendly production of When She Had Wings posits a young girl, convinced she could fly before she could walk, trying to regain her power of flight.
Pigs Do Fly’s production of 2 Across is the story of two radically different but similarly lonely neurotic urbanites who meet on a pre-dawn San Francisco commuter train. They start as strangers on a train, but you can see the improbable inevitable bonding coming numerous stations ahead, no matter how seemingly incompatible they are in temperament.
GableStage’s Admissions is one of the more uncomfortable evenings of theater that avowed liberals and proud progressives will sit through any time soon. It holds up an unsparing mirror that asks whether such advocates will stay true to their ideals when the consequences directly affect them and their families.
In a move that will spread the brand of Miami-based City Theatre around the world, the company begins this month producing collections of its short plays on Azamara Club Cruises luxury ships. The effort to maximize the extended use of its huge catalog of 10-minute plays represents what City Theatre sees a new producing prototype not just for itself but the theater industry.
Not every theatrical event has to be an outsized venting of passion filled with intellectual pyrotechnics. Sometimes a work can be satisfying to the brain and the heart as a gentle celebration of imagination and human behavior as with Pigs Do Fly’s world premiere of Michael Leeds’ Impressions.
Pigs Do Fly Productions — which has done mostly short plays by, for and about people 0ver 50 — has jumped even deeper into the play-ing field by presenting the world premiere of Michael Leeds’ Impressions, which opens this weekend.
GableStage’s Stalking the Bogeyman, a true life tale of sexual abuse and revenge, stands out for its intelligence, bravery, sobriety and sheer darkness Buoyed by the raw sting of truth that great nonfiction provides, Bogeyman is more than a play. It’s a public service.