September is here, and as I’m cranking down my AC, I’m cranking up my theatre-viewing. Here are the shows I will be attending and reviewing this month:
New Rep Theatre: Broken Glass (Arthur Miller)
To celebrate Arthur Miller’s centennial, New Rep is performing the regional premiere of Broken Glass, directed by Jim Petosa. Here is the play synopsis, snatched from their website:
It is November 11, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht, when Sylvia Gellburg loses the ability to walk. Her husband Phillip desperately seeks to find the cause. After consulting Dr. Harry Hyman, it’s determined that her paralysis may have been psychosomatically induced. Hyman’s obsession with curing Sylvia uncovers a complex tangle of egos, resentment, and guilt, as well as Phillip’s own paralyzing struggle with his Jewish identity.
Flat Earth Theatre: Radium Girls (D. W. Gregory)
Flat Earth wraps up their 2015 “Progress and Peril” season with Radium Girls, directed by Lindsay Eagle. The play portrays the plight of the dial painters who sued U.S. Radium Corporation in the 1920s for poisoning them with their signature product. From Flat Earth:
Corporate greed turns devastating in Radium Girls, inspired by the true story of the factory workers of the U.S. Radium Corporation. Once considered a miracle cure and scientific marvel, by the 1920s the radium used in painting luminous watch dials has triggered potentially fatal health problems for Grace Fryer and other dial painters. As their health deteriorates, the laborers demand compensation from the company insistent on sweeping their ordeal under the rug, and Grace must battle the ruthless corporation even while radiation poisoning destroys her body and life.
Huntington Theatre Company: A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim)
The Huntington is opening their season with some Sondheim. From their site:
Lovers reunite, passions reignite, and new romances blossom around famous actress Desiree Armfeldt and an unforgettable cast of characters during an eventful weekend in the country. Stephen Sondheim’s most romantic and popular work features a gorgeous, sweeping score infused with humor, warmth, and the flavor of a waltz, including Sondheim’s best known song, “Send in the Clowns.” Directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois, this exquisite musical celebration of love is the must-see event of the season!
SpeakEasy Stage Co.: appropriate (Branden Jacobs-Jenkins)
SpeakEasy knocked my socks off with Necessary Monsters, so I’m excited to return for this new show, the 2014 Obie award-winner for Best New American Play:
After the death of their patriarch, the estranged members of the Lafayette clan gather at their crumbling Arkansas plantation home to mourn his loss and settle his estate. While sifting through a lifetime of memories and junk, they make a gruesome discovery that forces them to confront their family’s dark past. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors, An Octoroon) offers his own subversive take on a classic American genre for a bold new look at race and identity.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Othello (William Shakespeare)
Directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, the ASP production should prove a thrilling end to my month of theatre reviewry. The ASP website seems to insinuate that we should forget about Othello and concentrate our attention on the infamous villain, Iago:
“‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.”
-Othello, Act I
With Othello, Shakespeare serves up a searing and operatic tale of envy and manipulation. The Machiavellian mind of Iago yields machinations that wreak heartbreaking havoc for those around him while seducing us with his glee and gall.