Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is both intense and sometimes hard to watch, as well as brilliant, haunting and not to be missed. This film by Barry Jenkins is a coming of age story of sorts about a young, black, gay boy, Chiron, growing up in the South surrounded by abject poverty and raised  ...

Pygmalion

Remy Bumppo Theatre’s new production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion" is a sparkling, proto-feminist version of the classic 1912 script. Director Shawn Douglass makes sure we capture every word of the linguistic interplay in scenes where Henry Higgins (Nick Sandys) practices the “science of speech” and “phonetics.” Like the  ...

Seuls survivor

Writer Harwan is so preoccupied with his 15,000 page thesis on theater and director Robert Lepage that he barely notices the odd things that are happening in his dingy hotel room- an old phone rings without being plugged in, shadows move around on their own volition and there is  ...

King Charles III

In "King Charles III", Chicago Shakespeare stages a story of future history. Queen Elizabeth has just died and, finally, Prince Charles will come in to his own as King Charles III. But an unruly Parliament and his two sons intervene to change the course of that history. 3cr-king-charles-publicity"King Charles  ...

Algren: A Life

Nelson Algren Biography Explores the Writer’s Struggles with Life and Craft Nelson Algren was a star in Chicago’s bright literary firmament, but his light dimmed in the years after he won the 1950 National Book Award for "The Man With the Golden Arm" and acclaim for a  ...

Joe Goode Performance Group

“Resilience gives the illusion of coping…” “The Resilience Project” was created from a series of interviews with combat veterans and their families. Excerpts from those interviews--a short story, a single phrase, or a word broken down into sounds--are both the text and texture of this heartfelt dance/theater. Those  ...

Culture/SHIFT 2016

St. Louis, M.O. - At a gathering of artists, activists and policymakers this week, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) released a 10-point policy and action agenda, Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Platform, to ensure the protection of Americans’ right to culture locally, regionally  ...

Elle (2016)

I once had a (Caucasian) roommate, who while offering up the details of her deflowering, reported that afterwards she dreamed that six Latino men dressed in sarapes and sombreros, ritualistically tethered her to a wooden cross to punish her for her sin. The dream and the event that inspired it,  ...

Touchy Subjects (premiere)

“Yeah! Come on, come on, come on, come on Now touch me, babe, Can't you see that I am not afraid?” The Doors A gauntlet was thrown by politically correct, and radically charged sparkplug, Keith Hennessey. The recipient of that challenge was the fluid and  ...

Safe House

Keith Josef Adkins has written an admirable play that tells the tale of two free brothers of color in 1843’s Northern Kentucky. I use the word ”admirable” because the plight of the very different brothers — one with small goals for the future and one with brave  ...