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”
reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, Speakeasy Stage Company, 3/4/11-4/2/11. http://www.speakeasystage.com/doc.php?section=showpage&page=reasons Contains mature language.
Reviewed Becca Kidwell
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” When we get out of high school, we hope the teasing will stop; however, we find new forms of teasing in fashion magazines, tv shows, and hanging out with friends. Have we become too sensitive? No. But where do we draw the line? How do we stop feeling put down by the world and begin feeling secure in ourselves? Speakeasy Stage Company’s production of reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute makes us examine these questions through their dynamic production. Read more “reasons to be pretty: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”