September DC Report Topics
by Les Gutman
It is perhaps fitting that Baltimore has a theater company, the Splitting Image Theatre Company, which is devoted to the development of original work based on psychological issues. It is after all the city whose history of psychiatric experimentation includes the sanitarium from which Zelda Fitzgerald was granted leave long enough to burn down the house in which Scott was living. The company's first production of its new season is a world premiere called simply Mothers. It might have been called Two Characters In Search of Each Other.
by Isaak Esmail Isaak
starring Nancy Robinette and Pebble Kranz
Directed by Elijah Dawson
Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore (410) 752-8558
September 10 - 28, 1997
I have long held the view that, to succeed as musical theater, a musical must work without its songs. On this basis, tigertigertiger, Mac Wellman's new musical fable "for the whole family," having its world premiere at the Theatre of the First Amendment, should succeed. Without its songs, the play is exceptional.
by Mac Wellman
with Kyle Prue, Harry A. Winter, Sandra L. Holloway, Richard Pelzman, Ilona Dulaski
and Craig Wallace.
Directed by Tom Prewitt
TheatreSpace, Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA (703) 993-8888
September 10-28, 1997
As mentioned last month, Rent is spending the fall at the National Theatre. Although we won't be reviewing this production per se, I did get a chance to see it. Having seen the original Broadway cast the week the show opened (and on another occasion as well), I can report that the touring production is exceptionally good -- in some cases, even better than the original. For more information than you could possibly want on Rent can be found on its official website, linked below.
Sic Transit Bohemia
When I reviewed two productions of Eugene O'Neill's plays, Desire Under the Elms and Ah Wilderness! (links to those reviews are listed below) in one week this past summer, I observed that there seems to be an enormous resurgence of interest in his plays, popular as well as obscure. For no particular reason, I decided to commence an O'Neill marathon (with the goal of seeing the entire œuvre over some unspecified period of time). There are supposedly almost 70 O'Neill plays, which leaves me with quite a few yet-to-be-seen. Luckily for me, O'Neill was kind enough to destroy all of his unfinished work except More Stately Mansions (which, incidentally, is being staged by New York Theatre Workshop this season).
My O'Neill Marathon: A Touch of the Poet
The Mechanic Theatre website: http://www.themechanic.org
Links to Web Pages Mentioned in this Report