Category Archives: Theater

Too Much Information: Banality and Caryl Churchill’s LOVE AND INFORMATION

In his 1936 essay “The Storyteller,” in which he contrasts the dissemination of information with storytelling, Walter Benjamin writes: Information […] lays claim to prompt verifiability. The prime requirement is that it appear “understandable in itself.” Often it is no … Continue reading

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Unhappy Laughter

Kneehigh Theatre’s revival of Tristan & Yseult—for all that is wonderful about it, and there is much—highlights a problem I have been encountering in the theater recently: there is too much clowning around. In Tristan & Yseult, that was manifested … Continue reading

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The New Transparency

As someone who enjoys a serving or two of obscure art (i.e., film, theater, fiction, painting, music, etc.) as part of my regular diet, I’m amused by the hostility such art still arouses.  Friends of mine who don’t really care … Continue reading

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Zeroes and Villains

I didn’t watch professional wrestling when I was a child.  I wanted to.  Badly. But my stepdad wouldn’t allow it.  By the time I was in high school, I’d almost forgotten that I’d even cared, so it’s not surprising that … Continue reading

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A Man for the People

Of the major plays that Bertolt Brecht completed after 1940—which includes: Mother Courage and Her Children, Galileo, The Good Person of Szechwan, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle—Puntila and His Hired Man Matti is least known to American audiences.  That may … Continue reading

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The Play of Remembering

Remember? Me at first – couldn’t remember Me and you talking – remember? ’bout Dick Hell, remember? –fIREHOSE, “Me & You, Remembering” Within the past year or so, I’ve noticed that my memory has begun to falter.  I’ll be in … Continue reading

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Where Do You Stand?

If Karl Marx were living today, He’d be rolling around in his grave. –Randy Newman Bertolt Brecht’s play Mother Courage and Her Children had been around for sixteen years before it received its first production in the United States at … Continue reading

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