January 31, 2008
Fictional televangelist Cotton Slocum gets skewered again as the Actors' Gang revives "Carnage, a Comedy," Tim Robbins' (yes, that one) and Adam Simon's 1987 satire about profit-mongering religious zealotry, which the authors have updated.
August 19, 2005 |
Considering that some New York theater critics felt that the satire in Tim Robbins' "Embedded" had already exceeded its shelf life when the play opened at the Public Theater early last year, it's surprising how much some of the recorded version, "Embedded/Live," feels chillingly relevant.
October 2, 1998 |
Director-adapter Michael Schlitt's version of "The Inspector General," Nikolai Gogol's tale of mistaken identity in 19th century czarist Russia, inhabits the realm of the absurd, peopled with grotesque human monsters. As presented at the Actors' Gang, its results are mixed: a well-considered, elegantly hilarious first act followed by an unrestrained, excessively indulgent second act. A tighter second half would really lift this well-acted interpretation into absurdist heaven.
October 25, 2002 |
Unbridled flimflam energizes "Alagazam," freaking out in the late-night slot at the Actors' Gang. Director Brent Hinkley and a demented cast devour Adam Simon and Tim Robbins' tent-show vaudeville with fearless perversity. Reworking the authors' 1985 "Slick Slack Griff Graff," "Alagazam" wraps carnival circuitry around a symbolist post-World War II America.
May 5, 2000 |
Golf originated in the foggy damp of Scotland, and at the turn of the last century a Scotsman named Tom Morris was one of the game's pioneers. Christopher Metas and Lee Arenberg's "Foursome," at the Actors' Gang Theatre, pits Morris against an evil entity to save the world. But this brief play's sophomoric humor only occasionally rises above the level of a high school skit. A fellow in a black suit and tie, Staan P. Green (V.J.
September 2, 2007
IN an otherwise insightful and intriguing article about the genesis of the play "Flags," and its mysterious author Jane Martin ["A Dramatic Battle to Bring War Onto Stage," Aug. 26], Sean Mitchell laments the fact that the American stage has yet to produce a signature piece of the ongoing Iraqi conflict.