Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Feast or famine

I went a full month without seeing any theater performances and then had a couple three-show weekends in a row. I should have planned better because all six shows were plays and depressing ones at that. I should have thrown in Billy Elliot (again) or some other musical for balance. It's a miracle I didn't jump off a bridge at some point along the way.

Weekend 1: The Normal Heart (Broadway), War Horse (National Theatre London at Lincoln Center), and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Signature Theatre/The Public)

Weekend 2: The Illusion (Signature Theatre), Side Effects (MCC), and Through a Glass Darkly (Atlantic Theater at the New York Theatre Workshop)

I've already reviewed Tony Kushner's iHomo. Other than sounding a bit stale in their overlapping dialogue (the timing for which I had expected to improve but, alas, didn't), the show is just as great as I remembered it. I'm still completely in love with Michael Esper and Stephen Spinella's performances. And Linda Emond is still brilliant.

I'm headed to Seattle/Alaska later this week, so I promise all these upcoming reviews will be short (for once). And it's going to be another month before I see another show. So when I get back, I'll try to review some of the shows I saw earlier this year (Good People, Arcadia, Jerusalem, etc.).

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