Fall 2019 Theater Wrap-Up (Updating)

Bella Bella

TBD

Betrayal

4.5/5 stars

Terrific. Zawe Ashton is the business.

The Height of the Storm

3/5 stars

Packs a genuine emotional punch, but overall, a bit muted and muddled, and not nearly enough Eileen.

The Inheritance

3/5 stars

Despite a few sublime moments and a pretty genius concept, this did not work for me the way it has (and will) for many others. Many aspects of it felt inauthentic, cloying, and tiresomely, irritatingly didactic, and as a general matter it seems be to trying far to hard to be Angels in America of a new generation (it’s not). It’s also intentionally provocative in a number of ways I found off-putting. To be fair, I still cried, and the numerous very deep, powerful themes it grapples with are important, and I’m glad to see them being addressed in this way, even if I don’t entirely agree with some of ways in which this production frames and approaches them. Worth seeing, worth considering, for sure, but doesn’t earn the run time.

The Rose Tattoo

3.5/5 stars

A little frenetic and all over the place but that’s the nature of this play. The production was interesting and Marisa was great.

Slave Play

5/5 stars

Phenomenal.

The Sound Inside

3.5/5 stars

Hm. This as a whole didn’t work for me, but, I liked a lot of the ideas, and there are some memorable moments, and Mary Louise is of course VERY good.

xx

JB