What does contemporary metadrama tell us about contemporary theatre?

In a post few weeks back, readers helped me compile a list of contemporary plays that can be considered metadramatic or metatheatrical.  I’d like to pick this topic up again and ask you to think about this post’s title question. What does contemporary metadrama tell us about contemporary theatre? Now, I recognize that it’s sometimes … Continue reading

Raconteur: Or, Once Upon a Play(wright)

Raconteur: Or, Once upon a Play(wright) We have all told our own story, or at least parts of it, to someone. We have all been out somewhere and overheard someone telling someone else another person’s story. Something like this: “I knew a guy once (upon a time) who…” or “There was this old lady who … Continue reading

Before Gaga, There Was Aphra: “Or,” Liz Duffy Adams’ Bisexual Bombshell.

Before Gaga, There Was Aphra: Or, Liz Duffy Adams’ Bisexual Bombshell (Review)  For more than a century, scholars, activists, and playwrights have found personal,  political, and literary inspiration in writings by and about Oscar Wilde, catapulting the 19th century Anglo-Irish author to mythic status as an icon for the contemporary gay movement.  The 17th century authoress Aphra Behn is now experiencing something akin … Continue reading

No ‘Ruhl’ Book: In The Next Room (Review)

No Ruhl Book: In The Next Room (Review) Sarah Ruhl has made a name for herself as a playwright of magic realism, depicting human mundanity with clever and, okay, quirky twists of language and landscape. In her most recent play, however, she has, in a sense, left behind the ‘Ruhl’ book that characterized her previous plays. … Continue reading

Onstage Nudity: Bare Necessity or Barely Necessary?

Onstage Nudity: Bare Necessity or Barely Necessary? Nudity on the stage is nothing new.  But while bare bodies will always possess the power to (a)rouse, titillate, their ability to shock an audience or make a work appear modern or edgy has been dulled by frequent, arbitrary and/or gratuitous (mis)use. Some plays call for partial or full … Continue reading

Redemption for Dowd?

Redemption for Dowd? I’ve read less of Maureen Dowd’s Op-Eds lately because, well, quite frankly, I got bored with them.  Over the summer, I found myself becoming less interested in her own words and, instead, becoming more lost in the dramatic and entertaining comments (always several hundred) that her pieces elicited.  For instance, while a … Continue reading

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