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Post Racial or Post Raisin?

Nashville Rep’s recent production of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun is a striking reminder of the naivete and falsehood of claiming that we have achieved a “post-racial” society. The talkback I attended with members of the cast erased any ambiguity about the play’s continued relevance in 2017. Early on, an audience…

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Analysis Essay, , ,

“I Dislike Your Worldview:” The Underutilization of Women in VUT’s GNIT

When Gnit began, it seemed like a show that would have a lot to offer this campus in its reflection of self-absorption and the young person’s search for themselves, which often manifests through their college experience. It was soon evident, however, that this show could only offer that to the men in the audience. The…

Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Analysis Essay, , , ,

“Stop! Wait! What?!:” The Unconventional Entertainment of A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

If your preferences tend more toward romance than slaughter, you may want to avoid A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a musical which gives the two equal billing in title only. Likewise, if your theatrical tastes tend toward tidy plot resolution and flashy production numbers, this isn’t your show. Freedman and Lutvak’s Gentleman’s Guide…

Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Blog posts, Production Review

“You Gotta Have Heart”: Show Stopping and Soul Searching in VOB’s DAMN YANKEES

Vanderbilt Off-Broadway’s production of Damn Yankees delivers everything you might want in a classic musical—big song and dance numbers, jokes that feel surprisingly relevant to today’s political climate (along with adlibs that blatantly call out the newly inaugurated 45th president), and faithfulness to social realities of the 1950s that leave you wondering whether or not…

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Production Review, , ,

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