Theatre: Ryan Landry’s “M”

We saw “Ryan Landry’s “M””  at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End last weekend. I started out a bit suspiciously when the playwright (who’s not famous) name is part of the name of the play being promoted. The play is based on a famous film “M”. Here’s a bit from an interview:

When asked, “A German film from 1931 about a child killer … what made you want to turn this into a play?” Landry says: “Because it is a beautiful masterwork. A goal to which other artists should aspire. I chose this film because I wanted to write a play based on the most unfunny thing in the world and still make it [the play] funny. It is a sad play too. It is a human play” (from interview)

My review: I was surprised that I liked it (didn’t love it.) For me the play was not about a story – there was no discernible emotion or character development. For me it was fun, like the circus is fun – a spectacle.

Overall while I am on the topic: I’ve enjoyed this season of the Huntington Theatre tremendously, definitely one of the best seasons that I remember. (I’m no theatre expert by the way, so take that as purely one person’s subjective opinion). 

The Huntington is doing something great on their web site lately with media. They capture behind the scenes videos, interviews, and trailer-like promos of the plays. A really wonderful way to embrace social and multi media. 

Must See: “Luck of the Irish” at the Huntington Theatre

If you are a theatre fan I strongly recommend a play I just saw last night. It’s called “Luck of the Irish”. From a review on Boston.com:

“… It’€™s one of numerous instances in Greenidge’s superb, beautifully realized new play — now receiving its premiere in a Huntington Theatre Company production directed by Melia Bensussen — that illustrate the playwright’s sure grasp of the nuances of race and class and her insights into the complexities of human nature.” (from Boston.Com)

Run, don’t walk to see this play at the Huntington Theatre in Boston!

“We might as well have a good time while we’re here, don’t you think?”

This is from a play we saw last year at the Huntington Theatre. The play is Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas. It production was quite good but this particular speech struck me as the  best part of the play. Don’t read it as depressing just as really good writing and really true.

 

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“Gods of Carnage” – Huntington Theatre

I Just came back from seeing “Gods Of Carnage” at the Huntington Theatre (in Boston) tonight. Couldn’t wait to post my recommendation.

It’s short (about 80 minutes – no intermission), fast paced, well acted and funny. It’s a story about two couples who are thrown together to discuss a playground altercation between their two sons. That’s the set up.

The story takes up an evening when they get together to discuss it. Huntington has been embracing the web and social media in excellent fashion of late. I just noticed the ingenious new bit, which is doing a “trailer” for a theatre performance. I had not seen that before:

By the way, this has been a great season for the Huntington. We’ve been going there for years and enjoy it although each season there are some better and some worse.

Between Gods of Carnage (this play) and Captors from earlier this season we already have two outstanding – two thumbs up – plays and the season isn’t even half over yet.

I am excited to see what comes next!