"I think the one overwhelming emotion that we had was when we saw the Earth rising in the distance over the lunar landscape
If you thought The Lily's Revenge was a big undertaking, Taylor Mac's ultimate goal is to perform all 24 decades of music
Not only is storytelling a genuine art form, it's a lot harder than one might think. It requires skill with vocabulary, phrasing and a deep appreciation of the musicality of one's language. It requires a sense of drama, of make believe and, above all else, a deeply personal kind of buy-in from one's audience.
San Francisco's 2015-2016 theatre season began with two new dramas in which tough women try to break out of the emotional armor that has ruled their lives for many years. One is young, vulnerable and still in her formative years. Having spent time in prison, the other has retreated into a cold and seemingly uncaring emotional state.
How many times have you met someone whose first impression was so strong that you couldn't wait to learn more about them? All too often, the discovery process proved to be a fairly shallow and unsatisfying dig.
Two productions new to San Francisco had that special aura about them: a piece of dance theater that attempted to retell a drama written by Sophocles in approximately 441 BC, and a contemporary drama which brilliantly demonstrated what happens when superb writing, directing, and acting combine to elevate a script into a miraculously poignant and deeply fulfilling event.
Raymond Aceto as the Reverend Olin Blitch in Susannah (Photo by: Cory Weaver) Using Erik Flatmo's cramped unit set, Ryan
Bottom line? Lots of people have daddy issues. How those issues are portrayed on stage and screen found two new expressions in recent productions.
Finding ways to communicate certain types of anguish to an audience is a constant challenge for playwrights and screenwriters.
After too many instances in which "the system failed," one tires of wondering what could have possibly gone wrong and starts to examine how cruelly the system is rigged to protect some while exploiting the vulnerability of others.