Just Opened: Hamlet

A review of Post5 Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

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Arts & Books
From the opening moments of Post5 Theatre’s abridged Hamlet, it’s evident this isn’t the version you saw in high school. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude resemble the picture-perfect parents from a ’50s sitcom, servants snap photos with smartphones, the guards carry guns, and Ty Boice as Hamlet swaggers into the room wearing sunglasses and a fancy suit, every bit as bitter and melancholy ...   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Next Fall

Better believe it.


Theater
As Next Fall begins, the cast stands on the edge of the dimly lit stage. Suddenly, the discordant sounds of a car crash ring out, and James Sharinghousen reels backward, arms flailing. We learn    More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Independent Women (Social Sciences)

Girl, I didn’t know you could get down like that.


Theater
My all-time favorite Onion story is one from 2012 headlined “Female Friends Spend Raucous Night Validating the Living Shit Out of Each Other.” I thought back to that article during Independent   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom

Boom and blossom.


Theater
From the beginning, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom is a romance, a politically driven tale and a riveting comedy. Take the play’s prologue: The narrator, a vivacious author of gay Marxist porn na   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

A Night in November (Corrib Theatre)

Stand up for the boys in green.


Theater
Irish playwright Marie Jones frames A Night in November with two soccer matches. The first is in Belfast in 1993, a World Cup qualifier between the two Irelands—the Republic and its northern,    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Jitney

Calling all cabbies.


Theater
If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almo   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The End of Sex (Theatre Vertigo)

More onstage orgasms than at Rocky Horror


Theater
The tagline is irresistible: “sex without sex.” That’s what this new drug promises, the ability to slather your elbows or knuckles or ears with a wonder cream that temporarily remaps sexua   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Chinglish

Slip Down And Fall Carefully


Theater
A snappy comedy of linguistic and cultural confusion, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is ready-made for anyone who’s ever traveled abroad and puzzled at signs reading “Fuck the Certain Price o   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Mousetrap

Murder, she wrote.


Theater
Thrust eight strangers into an old mansion during a snowstorm and at least one is sure to wind up dead. We all know the setup and the question that inevitably follows: whodunit? But the predicta   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Curtain Call

The best theater and dance of 2013.


Theater
Theater and dance don’t obey the calendar year: Companies usually run their seasons September to May and then take the summer off (lucky bastards). But all the other critics get to spend Decem   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Staff

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