November DC Report Topics
by Les Gutman
An unexpected connection seems to be developing this year between Studs Terkel and theaters named Signature. New York's Signature opened its season with Arthur Miller's The American Clock, which draws its inspiration from Terkel's Hard Times. (This fact is disclosed in CurtainUp's review, a link to which you can find at the end of this report.) Here in DC, Arlington's Signature Theatre, which has won acclaim for rethinking musicals, has tackled Stephen Schwartz's problematic Working, based on Studs Terkel's book of the same name.
Our Impression of an Update: Working
Rita Dove's poetry won her a Pulitzer in her mid-thirties; she went on to became the youngest (and first African-American) Poet Laureate of the United States. It should not be surprising, then, that her first venture into playwriting has produced an enormously powerful and beautiful work. The themes are intricate, the main characters full-bodied and the language -- oh, the language -- nothing short of stunning. What is surprising is that, with all of the above and with a premise that could easily lend itself to parodic or pretentious treatment, she has produced a play that imitates nothing, never takes itself too seriously and expresses itself (dare I say despite its monumental lyricism?) with clarity.
Review: The Darker Face of the Earth
|THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH
by Rita Dove
starring Ezra Knight, Felicity LaFortune. and Trazana Beverley
Directed by Ricardo Khan
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre (202) 467-4600
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November 5 - 30, 1997
This month, Theater of the First Amendment presents its second world premiere of the season: Anna Thesesa Cascio's Crystal. It deals with the traumas of an adoption, when a comfortable suburban couple's dreams start to shatter.
CurtainUp's review of The American Clock
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