V.22 No.7 | 2/14/2013
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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.
V.21 No.50 | 12/13/2012
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.
V.21 No.46 | 11/15/2012
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.
V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
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
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.
V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012
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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.41 | 10/11/2012
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
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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
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.
V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012
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
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
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
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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
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.