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Essay: On punkplay at Pavement Group

The characters of punkplay, written by Gregory Moss and presented by Pavement Group, have discovered punk music ten years too late.  They are loud, determined, lost, and cruel to each other.  And they reminded me of a paper I once wrote.

Basically, I’m jealous that I wasn’t a part of this production.  I would’ve been a kick-ass dramaturg.

This paper was originally called “Kick Out Your Feelings and Dance the Dance of Anger: Whirlwind Hardcore in the Early Nineteen-Eighties.” Continue reading

Post-Show: Epic Proportions

Here’s my problem with Project 891’s production of Epic Proportions, recently closed (thus making this review woefully obsolete) at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy: I had to go by myself.  The person I was supposed to go with ditched me the day before, and I don’t have enough real friends to have been able to find a replacement to go with me.  I “know” plenty of people in Chicago, but in reality I am that geek alone in the corner of a room full of 2.8 million cool kids.  I usually hang out with my roommates.  Why didn’t I just take one of them?  Because they’re both actors and they’re both in shows right now.  One of them is playing James Dean in a show about Marlon Brando.  We already saw that one.  The other roommate is in this show.  This show.  And I really couldn’t ask him to sit next to me in the audience in between his scenes, now, could I? Continue reading

Report: World Theatre Day 2010

I don’t think any of us was prepared to talk about what World Theatre Day actually meant to us, or even meant to the rest of the world.  Who, in fact, is supposed to celebrate the holiday?  Does anyone outside the theatre community even know about it? Continue reading