Bad Brother

Bad Brother

Probing and interpreting one’s past is a lifelong project for just about anyone unwilling to undertake the thankless labor of disowning it. Most of us are better off facing up to it, even the cringe-worthy bits. Loren Niemi and James Solomon Benn shoulder the...
Drankspeare

Drankspeare

We know so little about Shakespeare’s life that every doubtful bit of gossip has its allure. One of them concerns his death at 52, shortly after the playwright retired to his native Stratford. It’s said he got together with a couple of fellow literary...
So Proudly We Hailed

So Proudly We Hailed

My evening’s other serious stage work was NoMads Art Collective‘s “So Proudly We Hailed.” Nobody can fail to recognize the title’s origin in a line from the national anthem. And flag idolatry is crucial to this series of sketches on...
An Alien of Extraordinary Ability.

An Alien of Extraordinary Ability.

In the middle of my Thursday evening came the zest, precision, and wit of “An Alien of Extraordinary Ability.” Magicians who comment on their craft as part of their banter are not uncommon, but Simon Coronel is unusually detailed and resourceful in playing...