By Mike Logothetis
Somewhere at the confluence of Poe, Kafka and Tarantino lies Martin McDonagh’s spellbinding play,The Pillowman. While some would label this as black comedy, I believe it is more dramatic realism. The feelings I had when processing the Chapel Street Players production on my walk home from the theater dealt more with unhealthy realistic possibilities than with sinister “what ifs.”
But my own petty internal arguments should not stop you from getting a ticket to this week’s final run of shows — because this is a play you should experience.
The Chapel Street Players’ (CSP) 49th FUNdraiser production is the horror-comedy midnight musical, The Rocky Horror Show. Richard O’Brien’s cult classic camp fest is about two conservative lovebirds (Brad Majors and Janet Weiss) who get entangled with a group of out-of-this-world freaks, led by the self-proclaimed sweet transvestite Dr.
Tom Stoppard’s 1982 play, The Real Thing, is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope which shows us how relationships ebb and flow and gives us the fly-on-the-wall view that would never be possible to have in real life.
The play has so many British cultural references that the cast took the challenge and all mastered some very good British accents and Thomas Russell,
Although Neil Simon wrote The Gingerbread Lady in 1970, many of its themes – dysfunctional relationships, co-dependency, alcoholism, unemployment, and the fear of growing older – will resonate with today’s audiences. All of these topics are fully explored during the dramedy now playing at Chapel Street Players.
Pulling off a Tennessee Williams play about southern social mores in the 1950s wasn’t easy in the 1950s, but doing it in 2011, on the 56th anniversary of the play’s first production, is quite a feat.
Jamie Cunningham is most ambitious in trying to portray a culture not his own with its intricate balance of family power,