In Hell, Damning That Accursed Howard Sherman

March 29th, 2017 § 1 comment § permalink

I cannot claim that I was completely surprised. By the same token, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. A press release first made me aware of Diva: Live From Hell, and I lingered on it longer than most I receive. The plot synopsis, of a high school drama kid doomed to Hell for his thespian transgressions while alive, ticked off some of the boxes that usually interest me, school theatre in particular. But thinking about the already heavy theatergoing schedule I keep in late March and April, Continue reading...

Putting On Yellowface For The Holidays With Gilbert & Sullivan & NYU

September 15th, 2015 § 13 comments § permalink

Please consider the following two statements. In a description of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado: “The location is a fictitious Japanese town.” “There are no ethnically specific roles in Gilbert and Sullivan.” The conflict between these two statements seems fairly obvious since even in a fictitious Japanese village, the residents are presumably Japanese, and that is indeed ethnically specific, even if they are endowed with nonsensical names that may have once sounded vaguely Continue reading...