Honoring The Spookiness of the Season At “An Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr.”

I never harbored a particular fear of clowns, but after spending a theatrical Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr., my predilections just might have changed. The show was produced by Infinite Abyss and staged at the Wilton Theater Factory, and Ronnie Larsen both wrote the play and stars as Gacy. The character makes his firstContinue reading “Honoring The Spookiness of the Season At “An Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr.””

Dispatch From Day 1 Of The Delray Beach Playhouse’s Playwright’s Festival

For the period of slightly over a month that this blog has as of yet been in existence, I have not had the chance to report on a theatrical event that I was actively involved in. However, since the first night of the Delray Beach Playhouse’s inaugural Playwrights’ Festival was far too interesting to leaveContinue reading “Dispatch From Day 1 Of The Delray Beach Playhouse’s Playwright’s Festival”

Two Promising Plays-In-Process At Theatre Lab’s Playwright’s Forum

When we go to theatre, we’re used to seeing plays in their final, perfected form, so it’s somewhat easy to forget all the hard work and revisions a play goes through while its making its way towards that hallowed state.  Fortunately, we sometimes get a rare glimpse of what happens behind the scenes thanks toContinue reading “Two Promising Plays-In-Process At Theatre Lab’s Playwright’s Forum”

Revisiting An Old Favorite At “The Glass Menagerie”

Before I say anything about Maplewood Playhouse’s production of The Glass Menagerie, which opened last night at the small Delray Beach theatre usually occupied by Improv U, I suppose it’s my duty to preface this review with the fact that I got approximately 2 hours of sleep last night and I am categorically incapable ofContinue reading “Revisiting An Old Favorite At “The Glass Menagerie””

Exploring Intimacy In Some Unique Black Box Productions

Like the Alice who inspired my blog’s name, I can sometimes get very, very, curious, which is why I recently ventured quite a ways off my beaten path to Wilton Manors, a city which has been officially named the “second gayest city in America,” to see a play called “Grindr Mom” by acclaimed gay playwrightContinue reading “Exploring Intimacy In Some Unique Black Box Productions”

Unpleasant Truths On Exhilarating Theatrical Display at “Falling,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,”

I’d certainly been looking forward to Falling after attending many of the New City Players’ lead up events, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The fast-paced 75-minute show never dragged or faltered, and, as promised, it offered us a rare window into the seldom represented day-to-day life of a family dealing with a severely autistic child.Continue reading “Unpleasant Truths On Exhilarating Theatrical Display at “Falling,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,””

And Now For Some Community Theatre

My last post was about, among other things, the connection between theatre and the community, and another way that theatre can transform a community is by encouraging and educating its young performers. Thus, I decided to support Sol’s Children’s Theatre by bopping over to its first production of the season, Little Shop of Horrors. GivenContinue reading “And Now For Some Community Theatre”

New City Players’ New Way Of Looking At Theatre’s Purpose

The art of theatre is about a lot more than just what happens onstage. Ideally, it’s also about creating a community and raising the consciousness of that community, and about, in the words of another favorite director, “telling stories that need to be told.” Unfortunately, some theatre companies get so busy with the admittedly overwhelmingContinue reading “New City Players’ New Way Of Looking At Theatre’s Purpose”

Rage and Remembrance In True West and Wiesenthal

The Southeastern Premiere of Wiesenthal seemed as good a theatrical fit as any for my “days of repentance,” the ten days between Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that are meant to be a time of intense religious reflection. Presented at Gablestage’s intimate Biltmore Theatre, the show explored the life of famous Nazi-hunter SimonContinue reading “Rage and Remembrance In True West and Wiesenthal”

On Poets, Madmen, and The Wisdom To Know The Difference

This Saturday was another theatre-filled day in Ilana-land! First, I spent most of it at rehearsal! I’m acting again for the first time since undergrad in the upcoming Playwrights’ Festival, which plays on October 26th and 27th at the Delray Beach Playhouse. Four short plays are playing on Saturday night and four different short playsContinue reading “On Poets, Madmen, and The Wisdom To Know The Difference”