The Distribution of Empathy – Karen Finley

From the moment Karen Finley walks onto the stage, you are drowned in a torrent of words. Alternately raving, rhapsodic – and, occasionally, calm and rational – she assaults the audience with the force of her persona. A force  ...

American Buffalo – David Mamet

David Mamet's stage language has become familiar to theater and film-goers over the last quarter century. Spare, sometimes cryptic, Mamet's dialogue dances around the subtleties of human experience, the edges of realities of which the characters themselves are often  ...

Big Love – Charles L. Mee

Comedy, entertainment, but a whole lot more is served up in Big Love at the Pacific Resident Theater. This modern update of Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women shares little with the numerous other theater offerings this season which rewarm old  ...

Henry IV (Part I) – William Shakespeare

Playwright Mark O’Rowe’s lively compression of the second part of Shakespeare’s tetralogy of ‘history plays’ detailing the ascension to power of Henry V is the stage equivalent of an action movie. Stripping language and characterization right back in favor  ...

Boston Marriage – David Mamet

As his fondness for magician Ricky Jay (among other things) reveals, David Mamet loves tricks and puzzles. Consider the mysterious titles of some of his best known plays: Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, The Cryptogram. So it isn't surprising that his latest  ...

Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen

In 1991, Dramaten, the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, brought to the Brooklyn Academy of Music a version of Ibsen's A Doll's House, directed by Ingmar Bergman that was revelatory. It was as though a giant theatrical handduster had  ...