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The intense and dense cyclonic swirl of ideas expertly delivered in GableStage’s production of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House Part 2 is the theatrical embodiment of “thought-provoking.” This deep-diving examination of human relationships – but especially marriage – is some of the best work since Bari Newport inherited the mantle of producing artistic director.
A tattoo of a sea serpent is playwright Lucas Hnath’s damning metaphor for the grip of ambition to the point that betrayal of anyone is an accepted expedient in the scathing Red Speedo from producer Ronnie Larsen at The Foundry. Using competitive sports as a milieu, Hnath depicts people willing to violate moral codes and personal loyalties in pursuit of the American Dream — as ingrained today as it was when Arthur Miller decried it in 1949.
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.
There was no standing ovation for A Doll’s House Part 2 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre from an audience which had stood for Mamma Mia! It’s not that the incisive production didn’t deserve accolades; likely the merciless dissection of the institution of marriage resonated too close to home for many to avoid thought-provoking self-examination.
All too apropos for our bitterly divided time, Outré Theatre Company’s intellectually stimulating production of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians asks what happens when two sincerely held but diametrically opposed viewpoints inescapably clash.
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney is not easy theater, by any means, but not one that Thinking Cap would ever shy away from. Their tagline is “theatre exploding with thought” and if any play fits the mission, this one does
The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale as the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014. …
The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014.
If you’re seeking safe, predictable mainstream theater, avoid the annual Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. If you seeking “thought-provoking, edgy new work,” this is the mecca for South Floridians who want to glimpse what theater is evolving into during the coming decades.
The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected Robert Schenkkan’s meditation on power and pragmatism, All The Way, as the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2012. Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon Johnson’s dogged campaign to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 received the top award of $25,000 and a commemorative plaque during the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville on April 6. Two citations that carry $7,500 each were also presented to Lucas Hnath for Death Tax and Johnna Adams for Gidion’s Knot.