The Theater Season So Far . . .

From gory shoes to Wagner wrestling--a Village Voice critics roundtable

Soloski: And our holiday turkeys?

Grode: I didn't see much I found grim. I must have avoided it. I wanted to like Bachelorette by Leslye Headland at Second Stage Uptown more than I did, and the same thing with Craig Wright's Mistakes Were Made at Barrow Street.

Sellar: I was disappointed in Gregory Moss's backwoods romance Orange, Hat & Grace, I guess because Soho Rep has exciting programming, and I went expecting another fantastic new writer. But despite a very focused performance by Stephanie Roth Haberle, the script didn't have anything very fresh in it at all. And That Hopey Changey Thing by Richard Nelson at the Public was disappointing only because the title was so great. We were lured into the theater and forced to listen to a lecture about how deluded we were as Blue Staters.

Borne back ceaselessly into the novel: Gatz
Joan Marcus
Borne back ceaselessly into the novel: Gatz
They're here indeed: Rumble Ghost
Anthony Rocco
They're here indeed: Rumble Ghost

Soloski: And that wasn't delightful?

Sellar: I saw it on election night, so I suppose it was better than sitting in front of the TV.

Soloski: I have a long list. I'm sorry—I feel so Grinchy this year: Kneehigh's The Red Shoes at St. Ann's Warehouse, which was very gory and very grim; the Roundabout's Mrs. Warren's Profession, in which even the one English woman in the cast seemed ill at ease and peculiarly accented; Beau Willimon's Spirit Control at MTC, which had a wonderful opening scene and plummeted from there. And more, I suppose.

Sellar: Have more gingerbread to help you get through it.

Soloski: What's on your wish list for seasons to come?

Grode: More new writing, certainly.

Sellar: There are a lot of really important international artists we ought to bring here, like the Swiss-German collective Rimini Protokoll—they brought once small piece to Under the Radar—but there are many other groups. I'm also surprised we don't have a vital political theater considering what's going on in the country.

Soloski: Though there have been many political plays this season: In the Wake, The Human Scale, That Hopey Changey Thing, The Scottsboro Boys, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson . . .

Sellar: But they deal with politics in such oblique ways. And I also feel the lack of a really vital classical theater. We are missing so many parts of the canon.

Grode: More Rosmersholm!

Soloski: More Rosmersholm, more terrifying plays, more racquetball.

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