Next Fall: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Luke (Dan Roach, left) slips in a prayer before breakfast with his partner Adam (Will McGarrahan) in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of Next Fall, running now thru Oct. 15 Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

Don’t Agree, Just Love

Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, Speakeasy Stage, Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 9/15/11-10/15/11, http://www.speakeasystage.com/doc.php?section=showpage&page=nextfall.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” Thomas à Kempis

(Boston, MA) Moments pass in a heartbeat. All that’s left is waiting…waiting in hope…waiting in fear; the only choice is waiting together or waiting alone. Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts does not try to moralize or condescend; it leaves its audience with the hope that love will transcend all differences. The friends and family of the comatose Luke see the world through different viewpoints but connect at the core of their being–in love.

Adam, played by Will McGarrahan, begins to flashback to various moments in his relationship with Luke. Casual flirtation leads to a lasting relationship–but not without conflict. Luke (Dan Roach) is a fundamentalist Christian and Adam is an atheist. Adam questions Luke’s devoutness. Luke questions Adam’s unbelief. Luke delays telling his parents about the relationship until it’s too late. Read more “Next Fall: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

Neighborhood 3: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Sometimes You Need A Place To Go A Little Crazy

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley, Happy Medium Theatre, The Factory Theatre, 10/20/11-10/29/11, http://www.happymediumtheatre.com/. T for Teen, Tipper Gore should not see this show.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

“We need to protect the children”. We have stricter movie ratings, tv show ratings, video game ratings, and explicit music warning labels. So what happens when all of these fail? What happens even before these fail? Society corrupts the children; the educational system fails children; the welfare system fails children. These days everything and anything are blamed when children get hurt or end up in trouble (watched any version of Law & Order lately?)—except for children and the parents. Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom gives the avatars (performers) a chance to escape from problems while the game gives the players (the audience) no escape. Read more “Neighborhood 3: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

Big River: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Jordan Ahnquist as Huckleberry Finn and De’Lon Grant as Jim. Photo by Mark S. Howard

A Journey of Human Nature

Big River, Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller, Book by William Hauptman, Lyric Stage, 9/2/11-10/8/11. https://lyricstage.com/now_playing/big_river/. Family Friendly.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

(Boston, MA) Lyric Stage’s production of Big River celebrates the imagination of Mark Twain. Based on the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the show explores the American landscape of the 1800’s. The production shines a light on the various forms of humanity that Twain observed in his own travels. His words come alive through a rousing score, talented cast, and innovative staging. Read more “Big River: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”