Theater is good for you!

There are so many social challenges that confront us these days that you would think we need no more provocations. Some of us, for good or ill, welcome them nonetheless. I can’t speak for you but among the ones I am most looking forward to are provocations by Robert O’Hara. He has written and will […]

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Je ne regrette rien

Lost in thought?

It is a challenge to live life without remorse. There is always something you should have said, or could have done differently, better to remind you that you are merely mortal.

Nonetheless, I have so few regrets, at least of things I failed to do. One big one is not having had georgraphy classes while attending a school with a world-class program. Taking the opportunity to learn more about urban planning reminds me also of some of my failings in predicting Tony winners. (See my 2014, If/Then expectations, for instance. The play is about an urban planner, so I am not digressing too far afield. It is also about regrets, or paths not taken and choices made.)

The misguided Tony picks, however, are sins of commission that I do not really rue. I enjoy placing my annual bet (as I did this year at The Wright Wreport and for several years before that as well, almost always with less than a perfect score.) I also truly love the theater and the opportunities I get to be in the audience.

Not having had a shot at a career which shapes cities is a genuine lament. The college I attended, Clark University, set a terrific path for those wishing to pursue it. It never occurred to me to do so. I think I associated Geography with something very boring, like reciting the names of capital cities. (The latter is now the name of a pop duo, apparently. Times change.) There is something for which to pay penance and act in contrition.

In four years of sometimes lackadaisical, occassionally rigorous intellectual pursuit, I never set foot in any of the classes this academic discipline offered.  In fact, I doubt that I even set foot in that department’s building. I temper this regret with my memories of a very fine education and a grand gregarious experience. To make up for my own inattention to the Geo. Dept., I always tell the perspective students I interview about Clark’s excellent reputation in Geography. If I steer one of them in the direction of this line of study,  then I will feel absolution for overlooking the chance of a lifetime.


Sad to see you go

(Back: L-R) Brad Heberlee, Debargo Sanyal, Tom O’Keefe (Front: L-R) Zachary Fine, Kate Hamill. Photo (c) Russ Rowland. From the last production at the Pearl Theatre: Vanity Fair

It is not easy being a theater company, least of all in a city so very full of performance groups. You might think that having so much theater around us would make it easier to sustain a company like The Pearl, but sadly that is not true. The Pearl survived after losing its home at […]

via The Pearl passes — Our Theater Blog: TandBOnTheAisle 

Vanity Fair (pictured here) was the last production, and A Taste of Honey, Public Enemy, were just a few of those earlier these past couple of seasons. (Reviewed)

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Free theater events

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If your lifestyle includes cramming as much theater as you can, getting to a FREE theater event is a treat you owe yourself. Theatrical festivals are especially enticing.

On April 30th, head over to the inaugural BRIC OPEN Festival which commissioned Martin Luther King’s The Drum Major Instinct from Theater of War Productions. The dramatic reading of MLK’s final sermon is performed by Samira Wiley (of Orange is the New Black, and The Handmaid’s Tale) and District 45’s Council Member, Jumaane Williams.