Book Review: ManWords: Real Words for Real Men Writer John Bear has a message for comedian/author Jeremy Greenberg and his sexist drivel: “‘Here are a few man words Greenberg should learn: ‘child support payments,’ ‘custody dispute’ and ‘Daddy,’ as in your kids calling some other guy ‘Daddy.’
Play details relationship between Tennessee Williams and lover Pancho Rodriguez
By Summer Olsson
“He was a very prolific character,” says Santiago Candelaria, who plays Williams in Rancho Pancho, a play by Gregg Barrios. “Not only in his writing but just in his way of being, how he moved through what he did.” The play, presented by Camino Real Productions, and running at the National Hispanic Cultural Center through Aug. 7, explores the relationship between Williams and one of his partners, Pancho Rodriguez. “He was a compulsive worker and it sort of shows up in everything he did,” Candelaria says. “He worked compulsively, he drank compulsively, he smoked compulsively, he took pills compulsively, he had sex compulsively.”
Performer tackles love lost and suicide notes with dark humor
By Summer Olsson
Christina Slyter’s new solo show is about a woman who has become a shut-in, terrified of the outside world, because her husband killed himself—yet it’s full of dark humor. “The show takes place on the night that she wakes up,” Slyter says, “and discovers that there are people in her house. She tries to be a good hostess to them and show them a good time ... “ The audience members are the visitors in her house, and as the woman gets closer to revealing truths, her hostess skills unravel.
Landmark Musicals’ latest is well-acted and well-sung
By Christie Chisholm
A Little Night Music is a show that will likely appeal to more mature audiences. Maybe it’s the tone of the show, which is surprisingly wholesome given the subject matter. Maybe it’s the near-constant, often operatic singing. In either case this one’s probably not for a thirtysomething crowd. That said, Landmark Musicals has done a fine job with it. While not all the actors are fantastic, there aren’t any sore thumbs that stick out, and a handful of them are obvious pros.
The Heritage House bed and breakfast looks like strange good times are always happening inside its four walls. Equal parts warm cheer and old-time magic, it looms over the corner of High Street and Copper. It’s a fitting place for Duke City Repertory Theatre to hold its annual fundraiser, the Twilight Gypsy Bazaar. And who better to play the rollicking tunes than the boys of gypsy swing bandLe Chat Lunatique?
Courageous performers take the stage without parachutes
By Summer Olsson
The theater folks at The Filling Station are giving you a lot of ones. Solo shows, that is. The third annual Solofest showcases works by single performers, both tested and brand-new. These risky lone wolves are onstage with no one to share the limelight (or the blame, if things go haywire). Pieces range from autobiographies to complete fiction. Elements being investigated include women’s empowerment, a park ranger’s lecture, an uncensored Marie Antoinette and too many more to name. Complete descriptions can be found at fillingstationabq.com. Show your support over the next two weekends.
“I hate the stuffy theater in the summer! More outdoor performances!” you shout. “Gimme free stuff to do with my kids because they’re out of school and they’re totally driving me bonkers being around all day!”