John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar at
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a kind of cockeyed Irish love story,
focusing on two generations, parents at odds with offspring and that
younger generation struggling to find their own balance in the world.
Christopher Durang got an early start as a playwright. “When I was 8,” he told The Juilliard Journal (he
teaches playwriting at the Juilliard School), “I announced to my mother
I was going to write a play. It was my own two-page version of an I Love Lucy episode...
Northern Kentucky University’s 17th
biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) Festival began last week and continues
through April 26. According to NKU professor Sandra Forman, who
oversees the project every two years, no other university in America
undertakes a festival on this scale.
I spent last weekend in Kentucky at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville watching a half-dozen brand new works. The festival is an invigorating whirl of creativity, conviviality and engaging performances.
When you hear the name Steve Martin, you surely think of a
funny guy — "wild and crazy," in fact — both as an actor and a
comedian. But he's also a playwright, and you have the opportunity to
see one of his most amusing works at the Carnegie where The Underpants is onstage through April 26.
When I was a high school senior and the teacher who staged the school plays — her name was Mary Price — picked Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,
there was a lot of moaning and groaning. Why do we have to perform in
some dusty old play from centuries earlier?