Thursday, August 10, 2006

New Season is Starting Up!

Before we know it, September will be here and thea season in full swing.

Here are some shows you may want to check out here in Boston:

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagough at New Repertory Theatre
Starts September 6th. (Lots of hype when it played New York.)

The Moon Away by Edward Crosby Wells. AYTB Theatre at Devenaugh.
Starts September 1st. (Small company, original play in world premiere.)

bobraushenbergamerica by Charles Mee at the ART. (This is an Anne Bogart/SITI production so you may want to check it out to see what all the viewpoint hype is about.) Starts September 9th.

2 comments:

Lucas Krech said...

I saw bobraushenbergamerica a while back at BAM. It's a great show. Enjoy!

BTW, I am having trouble getting your rss feed. Do you know of any reason for this?

Anonymous said...

I've got to say- I saw the same show at BAM and I hated it. Thought it was one of the worst theatregoing experiences of my life. Utterly confusing, and what's worse, totally pretentious. Martin Denton, (of nytheatre.com) nailed what bothered me about it the most when he wrote in his review:

"I don't know who these people are and I don't know why they're funny. I understand that playwright Charles L. Mee, director Anne Bogart, and the members of SITI are creating a collage in bobrauschenbergamerica, a theatrical analog to the kind of visual art that Rauschenberg himself is famous for, a hodgepodge of text, songs, stage pictures, and images that will collectively indicate America. What I don't understand is how (or why, or whether) these formidable artists believe that what they're actually doing in bobrauschenbergamerica accomplishes said objective."

I'd heard of Bob Rauschenberg before I went to see the show- but only in passing. I'm a theatre artist, not a visual one, so you'll excuse my ignorance on the subject. (And I'm fairly certain 99% of Americans, no make that 99% of the people in the world couldn't tell you who he was or what he did so I don't feel bad about it). But after leaving the show, I couldn't tell you any more about Bob the artist or Bob the man then I knew at the beginning. The worst part however was that I could barely figure out what was going on onstage. Knowing what I do about Bogart and Mee, I'm willing to guess that the show came out of excercises using Viewpoints... which is wonderful, but along the way to creating the play any sort of central "Theme" or "Plot" seem to have gotten tossed out the window. So I started the play confused, stayed that way through the show and left in the same fashion.

Again, I'll defer to Mr. Denton here:

"...my motto is that life is too short for bad theatre, and my other motto is that at this point in my theatregoing life, if I don't have even a shred of a clue as to what's going on onstage (or why), it's their fault, not mine."

On another note, I've got to say that I'm not quite sure why ART is doing this show as their season opener. For a theatre that is seen as so out-of-touch by most Boston Theatre people (an assessment I don't neccesarily share, BTW) starting your season with this production seems like a real no-brainer. You want to turn people off from coming to ART? This is a good way to go about making sure it happens...

- AA