Posts Tagged: plays

Last night I went to go see a PLAY because I am VERY CULTURED. I know, I know, line up for my autograph here. But I had to tell you because this play was so good!! It's called "All Our Happy Days Are Stupid" and the only thing I knew beforehand was that it was the play Sheila Heti references in How Should A Person Be?, a play she received a grant to write but can't seem to finish; she considers it to be "embarrassing" and "impossible." The actual, real-life production AOHDAS was neither of those things. It's unbelievably funny and sweet and the [...]


Happy Birthday, Shakespeare

Today is possibly William Shakespeare's 448th birthday, if ye are the typeth to celebrate someone's birth centuries after their death. The World Shakespeare Festival beganeth this weekend and The Huffington Post has a little guide for how to observeth Talk Like Shakespeare Day, which is another thing thou could calleth today. If thou prefers to calleth't "Monday" and goeth to a Shakespeare play like thou doeseth every Monday, this list could helpeth ye findeth one. Methinks listening to this story would suffice for celebrating in the solitude of thine own home or car. And here are a bunch popular sayings Shakespeare made upeth… or did he?


Gertrude Stein, Guardian Angel: An Interview With Michelle Sutherland

You probably haven’t heard of Michelle Sutherland (yet). At the end of last year, she directed Gertrude Stein SAINTS!—one of the weirdest, craziest, coolest stage performances of the year. The work combines two texts by Stein—Four Saints in Three Acts and Saints and Singing—into a sort of opera-musical showcasing a multitude of American music styles, from doo-wop to Shaker music to rap. It was the only show to win more than one award at this year’s New York Fringe Festival, and it’s returning to New York soon for a three-week run at the Abrons Art Center. For a good idea of just how strange and glorious [...]


The Man Who Talks to Birds

A transcript of the conversations between The Man and The Bird outside my window. Scene: The tiny, garbage filled “courtyard” of a Bushwick row house. A girl is in her room, where she can hear her neighbor in one of the adjoining apartments, and the pigeon that lives in the courtyard.

Act 1

Bird: Coo. Coo.

Several hours pass. Intermittent coo-ing.

Bird: Coo. Coo.

Man: Shut up, you fucking bird!

A pause.

Bird: Coo.

Man: I said shut up!

Bird: Coo. Coo.

Act 2

Bird: Coo. Coo.


"Inherit the Whoop, Whoop!": The Trial That Rocked America

The Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse filed suit on Wednesday against the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying that the United States government had made the “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans of the band as criminal gang members, leading to their harassment and causing them “significant harm.” -New York Times, January 8, 2014

Prosecutor Tom Davenport: That remark is an insult to this entire community! Henry Drummond: And this community is an insult to the world. -Inherit the Wind, 1960