There’s Not Much Substance There For Hir.

By Patrick Hurley

There is a continuing theatrical narrative of patriarchal and hegemonic representation. A plethora of American stories that deal with the lower to middle class American family through a very traditional lens, highlighting struggle. For the last decade or so, the surge of identity politics, awareness of a need to be more inclusive and  over-correction of the aforementioned narrative, there has been a shift in the collective narrative from the white heteronormative expectancy of canonical works into one of many colors, shapes, sexual orientations, gender identities and cultural re-appropriations. Continue reading “There’s Not Much Substance There For Hir.”

Awake is too Prosaic to Sing

By Patrick Hurley

The immutable hope for the American Dream to endure is alive and well in Awake & Sing! The revival production, playing now at the Odyssey theatre. Written in 1935 by Clifford Odets, it follows three generations of a Jewish family living in a small Bronx apartment during the great depression. Continue reading “Awake is too Prosaic to Sing”

King’s Road Aims High, Falls Short

By Patrick Hurley

Self discovery can come at any age. Off The King’s Road, playing now through August 2 at the Odyssey Theatre tackles the issue of loneliness and isolation; two unfortunate side effects of survival, of outliving those we love. Continue reading “King’s Road Aims High, Falls Short”

Power and Corruption Rule 63 Trillion

By Patrick Hurley

 

Money is power. A mantra that is the driving force behind the financial system that keeps Capitalism thriving in America. It’s also the driving force behind 63 Trillion a new play by John Bunzel and presented by The New American Theatre and Mud bay Partners, playing now through June 7 at the Odyssey Theatre. Continue reading “Power and Corruption Rule 63 Trillion”

Old Wounds Run Deep in Irish Drama

By Patrick Hurley

 

Some wounds never heal. This is the less-than-optimistic core of Corktown ’57, making its world premiere through May 3 at the Odyssey Theatre. Continue reading “Old Wounds Run Deep in Irish Drama”

Anna Christie Still Engaging After All These Years

By Patrick Hurley

Do people change? The timeless question, a storytelling trope as old as the sea, is at the heart of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna Christie, playing now through March 8 at the Odyssey Theatre. A wily, older seaman Chris (Jeff Perry), working coal barges and spending all his time ashore in a tavern with Marthy, (Mary Mara) the woman who lives on the barge with him, receives a letter that his daughter Anna (Zoe Perry) is on her way to see him for the first time in fifteen years. Continue reading “Anna Christie Still Engaging After All These Years”

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