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Angels Leaving

It certainly doesn't feel like a play that could be produced today without a tangle of issues but I recently read Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams. There's the huge cast (of 10 characters) and the demand for a specific space. The story bounces from boarding house room to room with an upstairs. And while some of this could be address with some creativity from the production team, but something I can't figure out is the character of Nursie. The problem of Nursie, the African American maid is how does a modern day production address her? Does, what comes across as a racist character, in the show stay as a part of the story or does it get cut? I think if *I* were to direct the show today, I'd l

Men and Boys and the Sea

Recently, I was lucky enough to see The Lookingglass Theater Company's production of Moby Dick at South Coast Repertory. A visual wonder, the show made us of aerial arts, stylized movement, singing, acrobatics and theatrical innovation to tell the rambling and psychological journey of the ill-fated Pequod. Especially effective was a chorus of 3 Victorian women played mothers, townspeople, sirens, whales and Moby Dick himself and the ocean. With minimal costume changes the story relied on significant acting styles switching from natural and realistic choices to animalistic and poetic. Overall the effect was emotional. About a month ago I saw an adaptation at Orange County School of the Arts o

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