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Comment Archives: stories: Arts + Life: Theater

Re: “Theater Review: Orwell in America

I hope it comes to Chicago.

Posted by bobthestoic on 03/19/2015 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Theater Review: Orwell in America

That'a good infomation,indeed! George Orwells is my favaroute author inmy hig school and the university years
1965~72. ilike to read his animal farm and Homage to catalonia, down out out in paris and london and other places in Europe .i wrote the essay titled'' George Orwells and his life'' and the first prize in the literary circle in japan.
i deceded to go to London from Sinagpore in November,1975. when i was a young company employees but they let me study Chinese Mandarin for one year and office trainees for the second year ,learning the grain trading ,chartering the vessel, the foreign exchange, and solving the trade problem stipulated in the letter of credit,finaced by IDB loan(second World bank),now i am an old man,retirees ,more free time to travel ,i may vist USA next year and surely will visit the theatre in  Vermont Virginia。

Posted by Fudemoto Yoshiyuki on 03/19/2015 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Theater Review: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Middlebury Actors Workshop

Your review has positives and constructive negatives. I appreciate your craft's challenges; critiquing friends and neighbors performing for love of the art, not a living. I'm disappointed, however, in your decision to place our choices on a “demonizing gays” spectrum. It's unnecessarily provocative, like a Middle Eastern accent placing one on a “terrorist” spectrum. It's somewhere between intentionally inflammatory and settling for easy page views.

I've tried to find your basis. I can't, nor can trusted others including patrons. Outwardly, Carew is prudish, small-minded and small-mouthed (he spits words). Inwardly he's righteous and power-hungry. The only textual or performance references to sexuality are misogynistic. Disgusting, but storytelling requires antagonists. I'll play one for the greater good. "Demonizing gays" is simply not in our story, however. No one involved would let such an untruthful choice live to the stage.

Theater is often a refuge for the gay community. Theater friends are family. I've directed, performed with, and worked under many gay artists, including performances expressly challenging sexual identity. Mostly our work together is simply human. Monday, I'll again play sacrificial antagonists to forward a thoughtful story with gay themes, though I'd love to play the gay protagonist myself.

I'm hopefully raising my son with a worldview of acceptance and respect as instinctual basic humanity. I've contributed to Outright Vermont and other community organizations. This isn't normally intended for public discussion, but your curious wording compelled personal qualification. I've never written about a review in 30 years as an active thespian.

Perhaps we share similar sensitivities. Something about my hissing portrayal triggered your distasteful reaction, which triggered mine. Unlike Carew, I won't demand a "public apology ... and a letter in the Times," but I ask: please reconsider "demonizing gays." Until you wrote those words, they didn't exist in this story.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Patrick Clow on 10/31/2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Theater Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Vermont Shakespeare Co.

I saw the production and thought the "timelessness" was what was conveyed through the different costumes. The costumes were more about character personality, than a set time. I think the reviewer missed that fact. Helena's state of dress and undress, for instance, fit her perfectly. Lysander's greaser/bad boy was conveyed through his Brando-esque, On the Waterfront attire. In closing, The review really did a rather heavy job of summarizing Shakespeare's play, but was a bit sparse on its review of the actual performance.

Posted by Susan Zeineth-Collins on 08/16/2014 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Fun Home! The Musical!

Alison -- I was wondering, what was it like to draw the actors who portrayed your family for this strip compared to drawing your real family members for the book? Did your hand sometimes get confused between the two? Drawing an actor playing portraying a version of you must be a mind-spinning self-portrait.

Posted by Ellen Orleans on 07/09/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Theater review: The Fool's Riddle: Hysteria Has No House

Wow, what a cruel and heartless review.
What better way to kill local art than disrespect the incredible amount of artistic heart and soul that have gone into the creation of this show.

"Having your curiosity satisfied" - like she is some kind of sideshow act? She is an artist expressing to her best with full effort.

Your dismissive tone around the "polemics about misogyny, mental illness and eroticism" says more to me about your character than the content and delivery of this powerful piece of art.

"mispronouncing words that perhaps she's only read and never heard" wtf? Your projections are less than professional.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Brizendine on 06/11/2014 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Young Love: Lost Nation Stages The Last 5 Years

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Posted by Carolyn Wesley on 05/07/2014 at 12:03 PM

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