Posts tagged "Mike Mroch"

"Conversations on a Homecoming" (Strawdog Theatre): Drunken Perfection

"Conversations on a Homecoming" (Strawdog Theatre):  Drunken Perfection
Four friends reconnect over drinks. Sounds like a pleasant evening, right?! Not the way Playwright Tom Murphy tells it. Murphy uses a guy’s hometown return as the impetus for a drunken sh#tstorm. As the drinks go down, the tension goes up and the gloves come off. Murphy’s characters grapple with politics and religion. And just below those... Read more »

"Big Love" (Strawdog Theatre): is Big Love!

"Big Love" (Strawdog Theatre):  is Big Love!
Strawdog Theatre Company presents BIG LOVE. The love starts immediately.  Walking into the theatre, I’m enchanted by the garlands hung all over the place (Scenic Designer Mike Mroch).  Strings of light bulbs are intermingled with the flowers.  A pianist is playing wedding tunes.  The mood is ripe for some good lovin.’   Cue the bride… Stacy... Read more »

Neighborhood 3 Requisition of Doom (Strawdog Theatre): Run-for-your-life Terrifyingly Surreal

Neighborhood 3 Requisition of Doom (Strawdog Theatre):  Run-for-your-life Terrifyingly Surreal
Risk is a board game of world domination.  My family used to play it until my mom banned it.  It always started out good natured but then alliances formed and dissolved. War broke out on the board and in the room.  At some point, we lost sight of reality as we killed to win. Strawdog Theatre opens... Read more »
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"Tea and Sympathy" (The Artistic Home): Thought-Provoking Subject Matter

"Tea and Sympathy" (The Artistic Home):  Thought-Provoking Subject Matter
#57.  Jock, fairy, slut, bully… labels have transcended time.  But how has our reaction to them stood the test of decades? Do we continue to be bystanders against or advocates for individuality? The Artistic Home presents TEA AND SYMPATHY.  It’s the 1950’s.  A quick dip at the local swimming hole leads to destruction at an... Read more »

"The Gingerbread House" (Red Tape Theatre): Disturbing Aftertaste!

#30. “What are you doing Friday night?”  I use to respond excitedly with ‘Nothing!  Why?’  Now, I force myself to evaluate the source of the inquiry.  Friends with kids?!  I’ve learned that what use to mean a fun outing sometimes translates to a babysitter request.  I’ve trained myself to just ask ‘why?‘    “Kids won’t change... Read more »

Review "Ironmistress" (Oracle Theatre): A MACHINE!

#1.        I’m just a love machine              So give me motivation            I’m just a love machine  -Arctic Monkeys Love machine.  Sex machine.  These are today’s positive terms to describe optimal performance.  The *machine* is a person who goes beyond human levels to exceed... Read more »
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"Old Times" (Strawdog Theatre): Sublime Acting in Pinter's Intellectual Teaser

"Old Times" (Strawdog Theatre):  Sublime Acting in Pinter's Intellectual Teaser
As I get older, I often ask for timeframe clarity on an incident.  Was it last summer, ten years ago or did I dream it?  Recently, a long-term chum was recanting a youthful escapade.  Somewhere in the middle of his narration, I interrupted.  I don’t know what bothered me more.  That I’ve told the story... Read more »

"Summer and Smoke" (The Den Theatre): Lust Story that Shows Growth!

"Summer and Smoke" (The Den Theatre):  Lust Story that Shows Growth!
Years ago, an admirer gave me roses and a CD of romantic arias.  He pledged his love to me.  It was probably the most romantic moment of my life.  What did I do about it?  Nothing!  The adoration surprised and overwhelmed me.  So, I thanked him and went out of my way to avoid him…... Read more »