Archive for July 2017

You Should Visit BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI at CATF

The virtue of Byhalia, Mississippi lies precisely in its modesty. It prescribes no rules, apart from loving one another and telling the truth, for getting through a marital and race-inflected social crisis in a small town; it simply shows how one not-overwhelmingly admirable couple does it. And at that, the true secret here may just be the jokes. Those, and the blackout line at the very end of the play, which just may bring a lump to the throat.

A Clash of Perfectly Opposed Titans in THE NICETIES at CATF

A two-fisted drama of ideas, The Niceties may well leave you devastated, and will certainly send you out talking. Itwill keep you thinking and probably angry, regardless of where you come down on the issues very articulately debated in it.

Incandescent Youth and WILD HORSES, a Heady Combination at CATF

The group portrait of the youngsters (The Woman’s younger self, her partners in crime Zabby and Skinny Lynny, the callow young men who pursue them or whom they pursue, and The Woman’s big sister, aka The Favorite) in all their confusion, pain, and, most important, their exuberance and their desire to meet life head-on, even if they do not really know what that meeting will demand or entail, is the point.

The Offensive Offensive

Even his biggest fans would probably agree that Donald Trump is the most incivil president in our history. We may find in future, that trash talking at the White House is like negative campaigning, impossible to abstain from once the other guy has made it possible.