Memory Measured In Pain and Touch: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES at the Garage Theatre

Written by much buzzed about playwright Rajiv Joseph and premiering in 2009 (the same year as his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which just finished an accomplished run at The Long Beach Playhouse), Gruesome Playground Injuries explores the lives of two people, Doug and Kayleen, as they form a strange and indefinable bond that is held together by a long string of injuries of varying consequences.

The Fear Of God Is Real (In 1702 Boston Anyway): ABIGAIL/1702 at International City Theatre

Abigail/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is an imagined sequel to Miller’s masterpiece, which follows up on one of The Crucible’s main instigators (Abigail Williams) 10 years after the events in Salem. Premiering in 2012 in New York City, Abigail receives its West Coast premier here in Long Beach at the International City Theatre (ICT) under the direction of ICT Artistic Director caryn desai.

By The Way Meet Vera Stark, But Don’t Stay Too Long

By The Way Meet Vera Stark has within it the premise for a great play. It has humor, pathos and a topical subject to boot. Unfortunately, it is also wildly uneven. While a great play could (and still should) be written about the sometimes celebrated and always marginalized lives and careers of the many black actors who made films during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Vera Stark is not that play.

Remembering to Forget: Eurydice as presented by The Studio Players at CSU Long Beach

Few myths are as romantic, popular, or strange as the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Yet, in spite of how often the tale is told (and re-told) there is something in its bones that keeps us returning to it. Likely, it is the humanity that lies in Orpheus’s uncertainty that keeps us coming back for more. In Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary adaptation of the myth this uncertainty lies not just in Orpheus, but more importantly in Eurydice and her deceased father as well.