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Superhero Clubhouse: the Call to Grow Theater

Wednesday, November 9, 8:30ish p.m. in a studio in midtown Manhattan: a rehearsal for Superhero Clubhouse’s SATURN (a play about food) has stalled.

In Dialogue

The Edge of Togetherness in Carla Ching

In her newest work, The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness, we see the remnants of a family who communicate via Twitter, via a home for troubled teens (aka the Sugar House), via the dead and buried, and via the silences we so often extend to the people we actually care about.

“Which side are you on boys, which side are you on?”
Canal Park Playhouse’s revival of Joe Roland’s On the Line

“As we’ve gone into rehearsal here, the Occupy Wall Street protests have happened almost around the corner,” Kipp Osborne, owner of the Canal Park Inn and Playhouse, tells me. “We never could have planned such a thing, but it’s so connected to it—it’s like the forces of society are wanting to hear this play.”

Supernatural Wife
Anne Carson and Big Dance Theater Make Euripides Move

All too often, the fate of Greece’s drama can look as bleak as their debt. Eternally at pains to sell their tragedies on the theater market, anyone who cares has to ask: What do the Greek plays have to say to us today? How do you produce them to resonant effect? And are we wrong to apply entertainment’s likability paradigm to art?


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2011

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