The Arts: Saving their own lives
Feb25

The Arts: Saving their own lives

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The Arts: Music, shadows and gongs
Feb04

The Arts: Music, shadows and gongs

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Singapore, part 1: The Fringe

I was in Singapore last month when, by happy coincidence, the Singapore Fringe Festival, an annual showcase of alternative theater and visual arts, was underway. Over half of the festival’s 11 productions were homegrown, and I caught four of them. The performances (in English, the lingua franca in a country with four official languages) were fascinating, and attended by gratifyingly young audiences. They all showed imagination and...

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Between the Lines: The Vagina Dialogues
Jan28

Between the Lines: The Vagina Dialogues

The show must go on, as they say — until it’s gone on long enough. On Jan. 14, the student-run Project Theatre group at Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, opting instead to write and produce a new show of its own. The reason: Ensler’s 1996 play, made up of an annually updated collection of monologues about what it means to have a vagina, offers little voice to transgender...

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Making It Up: Solo actor Seth Lepore courts uncomfortable moments onstage
Jan28

Making It Up: Solo actor Seth Lepore courts uncomfortable moments onstage

Photos by Jerrey Robers and James Heflin For a lot of people, it’s the stuff of anxiety dreams: a mic awaits on a stage. An expectant crowd is staring at you. You don’t have a script, even if you’ve done some homework — you just have to talk. That scenario is, says Seth Lepore, where he thrives. “I’m really interested in being uncomfortable on stage.” Lepore courts those uncomfortable moments regularly — he hosts his own Seth Show...

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Stagestruck: Sunshine and Shadow
Jan01

Stagestruck: Sunshine and Shadow

As the year has drawn to a close, I’ve been looking back over the hundred-plus shows I’ve seen in 2014. And as the seasons begin to turn from the dark back into the light, I’ve been thinking about some of those theater moments when a dark theme was leavened by humor or—in many cases—music, when a light one was underscored by dark shadows, or when light and dark danced together in tension or harmony. In...

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