Unexpected and Unexpectable

It snowed on the first day of Spring this last Wednesday, closing down all of the schools. It also snowed two weeks ago on Monday the 12th. Forecasts predicted both of the snowstorms but the intensity of each of them was greater than anticipated, particularly on the 12th when many commuters experienced near white-out conditions in the middle of the evening rush hour. These weather events were expected, the magnitude of their impact was unexpected. I feel like many artistic offerings are similar. With a play, musical, movie or TV show, you generally know what you are getting but the intensity of what you’ll experience is hard to gauge. I’ve gone into shows with low expectations and been blown

Putting Two and #MeToo Together

I saw JOHN AND JEN at HATTheatre on Friday, a sung-through story of a brother and sister’s relationship (first act) and then a mother and son’s relationship (second act). I keep seeing shows on closing weekends so it’s essentially too late to tell you to run out and see them. But suffice it to say, it’s was a fine production featuring two of the best musical theater actors in town, Georgia Rogers Farmer and Chris Hester. In theater parlance, JOHN AND JEN is called a “two-hander,” a shorthand way of saying that the cast is just two actors. Two-handers are very popular in theater and not just because the compact cast keeps costs low. Some of the best shows in Richmond in recent years have been

Is that you on stage?

I’m stealing material for this blog post, because a member of the cast of WINGS expressed something perfectly this past week. On Thursday, we had a post-show talkback where several people talked about the experience of having a stroke and dealing with aphasia, something that the lead character in WINGS experiences. Hearing these stories was fascinating, humbling and inspiring. Lucinda McDermott, who played several roles in WINGS, described one interaction like this: “Last night I was moved by the words of an audience member who came to the play not knowing what it was about. He had suffered a stroke, but was in fairly full recovery. [He was] an older gentleman who boasted that 27 days after

Fury About Sound

I was able to see Cadence Theatre’s THE CHRISTIANS last weekend and, as per usual for Cadence, it was a great production: thought-provoking and a fascinating exploration of issues universal and personal. I had read a number of reviews beforehand that included writers’ mixed feelings -- or downright annoyance -- about the use of handheld microphones in the production, even during intimate scenes between characters who are husband and wife. The playwright, Lucas Hnath, specified the use of handhelds, saying in the program of the original production, “The microphones help a great deal in terms of theatricality…This is a play where, at times, the most dramatic thing a person does is to decide wh

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