College of Charleston’s Macbeth, Review

1999 Archives

Well…. This will be a nice segue for what I’m about to write….

From the archives. College of Charleston sure had (hopefully still has) an awesome theater program.

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College of Charleston’s Macbeth, Review

The Have Nots! Have Lots, Piccolo Spoleto Review

1999 Archives

MAN! Brandy, Tim, and Greg are still kicking it! They just performed this past Saturday, April 16th! Charleston is lucky to have such dedicated comedy and theater artists successfully bringing it to the Lowcountry. I have been to Second City in Chicago several times. I always had just as much fun with The Have Nots! Other cities Charleston’s size do NOT have this. Support it.

This was a review for Charleston City Paper back in 1999…. One wonders how the transexual idea thrown at them might be played differently today, if at all? Leave it to good comedians to know the room, and know how the larger culture evolves (and hopefully improves), and act appropriately — while always JUUUUST testing that line, that gray area, for safe-space questioning and cathartic release. Comedy. Stand-up and improv. Some of America’s greatest gifts to humanity…. And these guys do it very well.

(Oh, I really was there for the review — even though, duh, I guess I could have heard someone in the audience say, “Dominatrix” in that webcast….)

I see from their calendar that ‘their’ theater, Theatre 99, has not scheduled much yet during the huge local counterpart to Spoleto, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. (And I also see that Piccolo itself has yet to release their schedule — and won’t until May 18?!?!? … For a Festival that opens May 27?!?!? … WTF??!?!). Look out for a plethora of performances at Theatre 99 that 2 weeks, likely of high quality, if ‘archived’ history is any judge, when they brought in the likes of Spalding Gray to perform.

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The Have Nots! Have Lots, Piccolo Spoleto Review

Review of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road, at Footlight Players

1998 Archives

Continuing posts from the archives…. From October 14, 1998, a review of Footlight’s production of Scotland Road, by Jeffrey Hatcher. Look — more ghosts!

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Review of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road, at Footlight Players

You Can’t Take It with You

Review of Charleston Stage Company’s Production of the Kaufman and Hart Classic

Archives 1999.

Loves me some Kaufman and Hart. Shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that Kaufman worked with the Marx Brothers. And this play? — They had me at “whacky loveable anarchist grandpa.” I can’t think of another play that has that. And so — to all our quirky families everywhere — CSC’s April 7, 1999, review. …. (Holy crap, this thing is almost exactly 23 years old!! …. We’re all doomed….)

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You Can’t Take It with You

College of Charleston’s Much Ado About Nothing

Archives 1998

My first review for the Charleston City Paper — August 19, 1998. … Geez, my first published theater review ever, actually. Before this, before moving to Chucktown, I had been a goofy playwright in Seattle. But going to a medical university, y’know, there isn’t a whole lot of time, so I switched gears and just enjoyed others’ performances every now and again. But I thought I could stay a little involved by writing reviews — and hoping to encourage others to support the arts.

I’m a booster, yo!

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College of Charleston’s Much Ado About Nothing

The Last Night of Ballyhoo, by Alfred Uhry, Charleston City Paper review, April 1999

1999 Archives

Back in my past life before I turned to neurology and healthcare, I had playwriting classes with Mr. Uhry while at NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program. He seemed like a very decent fellow. Perhaps a personal story about him someday, if anyone wants hear it….

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The Last Night of Ballyhoo, by Alfred Uhry, Charleston City Paper review, April 1999