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Culture, Stage Revisionist History: Two Second Acts of John Wilkes Booth

Revisionist History: Two Second Acts of John Wilkes Booth

When Galen Murphy-Hoffman enters the stage in Shotgun's production of Assassins, you recognize his character immediately. The ashen complexion, the mustache, the frock coat, the fixed, ghostly stare: a portrait straight out of a history textbook. But in this Stephen…
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Culture, Stage Re-Enacting History

Re-Enacting History

If Barack Obama had not won the presidential election last month, the experience of watching Thick Description's revival of Suzan-Lori Parks' The America Play would not have been quite as interesting as it turned out to be. I walked out…
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"Bone to Pick" the best of three shorts by Cutting Ball

"Someone needs to treat me like a piece of meat." This opening line from "Bone to Pick" is just a taste of the raw sensuality packed into the world premiere of local playwright Eugenie Chan's take on the Greek myth…
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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks'…
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Also Playing

"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks' cycle…
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Also Playing

"365 Days/365 Plays." One morning in 2002, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day for the next year. Covering everything from the war in Iraq to the death of Johnny Cash to a lost sweater, Parks'…
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Culture, Stage The Year of Playing Dangerously

The Year of Playing Dangerously

I don't know at what point the business of doing something eccentric over the course of one calendar year became fashionable, but these days it seems as if 365 days is the standard time necessary to accomplish anything worth talking…
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Top Dog/Underdog

Suzan-Lori Parks took the sibling rivalry of Sam Shepard's True West and David Mamet's obsession with street-level hustle, added a dash of racial intrigue, and concocted a slightly derivative brew that was compelling enough to earn her the 2001 Pulitzer…
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Our critics weigh in on local theater

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the bee…
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Bebop Beauty

Suzan-Lori Parks' cataclysmic The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World is — to the detriment of the whole entire world — a play often discussed but rarely seen. The subject of countless articles about "reconfiguring…
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Culture, Stage Taut <i>Dog</i>

Taut Dog

"Dad told me once how come he named us Lincoln and Booth," says Lincoln to Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks' bare, suggestive play at the Curran. "Yeah? How come?" says Booth. They sit in a small boardinghouse room somewhere in New…
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