From Olympia, Wash., to Arlington, Va., from apocalyptic musicals to kitchen-sink dramas, it’s another eclectic theatre week in the U.S.
Who said theatres only ever produce small-cast shows? This week’s shows, whether farces or tragedies, musicals or dramas, largely feature strong ensembles.
This week’s offerings range from Long Branch, N.J., to Los Angeles, from pirate ships to 1950s Iran, from royal decadence to military camaraderie.
From Connecticut to Colorado, from Restoration Comedy to kitchen-sink naturalism, it’s a wide-ranging week in U.S. theatres.
Couples and coupling are a recurring theme this week, but then so are the social forces that can tear them asunder.
Art and religion, music and murder, conspiracies and magic are among the subjects and themes strutting and fretting their hours on U.S. stages.
Playwright Amy Herzog is heavily represented this week, along with a wide range of iconic classics, fresh adaptations and spiky new plays.
Highs and lows, from the depths of human depravity to the heights of ecstatic expression, and all points in between, characterize the theatrical week.
It’s a week of extremes, full of bloody conflicts and hard lessons, though some are leavened by laughter.
This week’s glance at theatre across the country includes a touch of the spiritual, with God, the apocalypse and angels (in America), plus “Women Playing Hamlet.”