performance review


V.22 No.7 | 2/14/2013
Mark Hisler & Yolanda Maria Knight
Alan Mitchell Photography

Performance Review

Coming Home to Chekhov

Seasoned Actress Sobel Directs “The Seagull”

The stage is a scuffed square in the middle of a black-painted room. Rows of chairs rise around it, bleacher-style, on all four sides. No curtains or fancy sets divide those watching the action from the action itself. This is the Vortex, Albuquerque’s highly regarded community theater now in its 36th year—and, as it happens, a fitting home for the stripped-down intimacy of Anton Chekhov’s classic drama-comedy, The Seagull.

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V.21 No.50 | 12/13/2012
Wes Naman

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Even Drag’s a Drag

The Dolls’ holiday show lacks polish and shine

The Dolls have been making a name for themselves since 1996 with their original material and drag-tastic interpretations. They're purported to be the crème de la crème of the Albuquerque drag scene. So it was a surprise and a disappointment to find their latest offering, Miss Mary Christmas, a bit of a mess.
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V.21 No.46 | 11/15/2012
Sigmund Freud

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Freud vs. C.S. Lewis

Fusion Theatre Company tackles weighty philosophical questions

Fusion Theatre Company tackles a theoretical debate between atheist Freud and Christian C.S. Lewis.
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V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
Stenographer Anna Snitkina (played by Jessica Quindlen) cradles Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky (David James).
Daryl Streeter

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Humanity and Divinity

Santa Fe playwright infuses love story with dark philosophy

A precocious young stenographer is sent to help the famous Russian author in dire deadline straights.
V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
Tyler Shoemake (left) and Stephen Armijo
Scrap Productions

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Major-Minor Doom

Bit characters from Hamlet wander to their demise at Theatre X

This is no spoiler: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.” An ambassador from England announces this at the end of Hamlet and this masterpiece from Tom Stoppard. Anyone who is familiar with Hamlet or has even read the title of Stoppard's classic absurdist drama has a pretty good idea of where they play's action is headed. Even the protagonists, at various turns in the story, know they're going to die, though they either forget or willfully ignore the information upon receiving it every time.

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V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012
John Wylie as the president's chief of staff; Georgette Reeves as speechwriter; Matt Heath as the inept U.S. President Charles P. Smith
Alan Mitchell Photography

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An Empty November

Vortex’s solid cast props up madcap plotline

The premise may sound familiar as our real presidential election approaches, but this piece written by David Mamet is so absurd and pointless that it fails to connect to anything bearing resemblance to reality.
V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012
Stephanie Grilo and Frank Green
Rick Galli

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The World Beyond the Portal

Fantasy journey is cloaked in mystery

Duke City Repertory Theatre embarks on a fantasy journey cloaked in mystery
V.21 No.41 | 10/11/2012
Tim Kupjack as Burt Dinwitty
Mike Lash

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Eclipse of the Heart

An ambitious and haunting play falls flat

Southwest Rural Theatre Project takes on a challenging and atmospheric musical.
V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
William David Johnson (left) and Justin Tade
John Maio Photography

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Turning Point

Mother Road brings the Battle of Gettysburg to life

Featuring a cast of almost 30 characters representing real historical figures, The Killer Angels attempts to dramatize the events surrounding the Civil War’s pivotal Battle of Gettysburg
V.21 No.38 | 9/20/2012
From left: Joanne Camp, Paul Blott and Laurie Thomas

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Motherly Love

Great acting from Fusion Theatre Company probes familial bonds

From the first rise of the curtain, expect to be captivated by Other Desert Cities. The new play by New York playwright Jon Robin Baitz wastes no time drawing the audience in.

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V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012
Taunya Crilly and Peter Alden in   The Sleeper
Alan Mitchell

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Shuteye

Aux Dog production criticizes America’s blinding fear

This isn’t a play about scary terrorists. It’s a play about scary patriots.
V.21 No.35 | 8/30/2012
Erin Phillips Mráz in   Little Red
Aaron Hendren

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To Grandmother’s House We Go

Classic fable becomes an allegory for death in Tricklock’s latest

“Little Red Riding Hood” becomes an allegory for death and change in Tricklock’s latest original effort.
V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012
Love’s a boxing match for Lila Martinez and Jeff Andersen in   Stories of Us  .
Aaron Giombolini

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Home, and Where the Heart Is

Blackout innovates with a trio of domicile-driven love stories

A philandering poet, a pair of clowns and a woman on the verge of burning her house down. These are several of the characters played by Jeff Andersen and Lila Martinez in Blackout Theatre Company’s latest original work, Stories of Us: A Guide to Home Improvement.
V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012
Ray Orley, Ed Chavez and Brian Haney are a comedic tour de force in   The Winter’s Tale  .
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In the Head of Winter

Vortex cures a case of bipolar Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale is a fascinating yet problematic play. But director Paul Ford boldly tackles its challenges in The Vortex’s final installment of Will Power, the theater’s annual summer Shakespeare festival.
V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012
Some 19  th   century teens express their sexual longing through dreamy gazes ...
Cassidy Knight

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High School Heat

ALT’s lusty teen musical is uncoordinated yet awesome—kinda like your first time

Take a late-19th century German play about school children. Adapt it as a rock musical with a score by a ’90s folk-rock one-hit wonder. Mix generously with explicit themes of adolescent sexuality, and the result is going to to be highly unorthodox.