“Charm” Places Theatrical Focus on LGBTQ Rights

Theater and the City is a column of student-written reviews in the ENGL 400 class taught by Deirdre O’Leary Cunningham. This week’s entry is by     Christopher Nuzzo. In the height of the movement for LGBTQ rights, Ms. Darleena Andrews is a breath of fresh air for these 20-somethings to inhale. Played by Sandra Caldwell, Mama Darleena is brought to life as a vibrant … Continue reading “Charm” Places Theatrical Focus on LGBTQ Rights

Time as an Unacknowledged Character in “Time and the Conways”

Theater and the City is a column of student-written reviews in the ENGL 400 class taught by Deirdre O’Leary Cunningham. This week’s entry is by Carly Corbett-Frank. How much does time weigh? In J. B. Priestley’s “Time and the Conways”, the answer seems to be an unbearable amount. Exasperated with herself and her family, Kay Conway bitterly remarks that “Time is beating us.” As most of … Continue reading Time as an Unacknowledged Character in “Time and the Conways”

The Play That Goes Wrong

Theater and the City is a column of student-written reviews in the ENGL 400 class taught by Deirdre O’Leary Cunningham. This week’s entry is by  Caridad Price. In a world that seems to be crumbling with every step we take, the Olivier-winning group Mischief Theater’s “The Play That Goes Wrong” gives us the welcome comic relief of being able to laugh at a complete and … Continue reading The Play That Goes Wrong

“Mary Jane” Tackles Parenthood

Theater and the City is a column of student-written reviews in the ENGL 400 class taught by Deirdre O’Leary Cunningham. This week’s entry is by Chloe Ludlow. I’m sure we can all remember a point in our childhood when we got hurt, that time we got sick for just a little bit too long, that time we needed to go to the hospital for a … Continue reading “Mary Jane” Tackles Parenthood

Review: “On the Shore of the Wide World”

Theater and the City is a column of student-written reviews in the ENGL 400 class taught by Deirdre O’Leary Cunningham. Characters of family dramas have been prone to yank on our heartstrings—a box of tissues is a fitting accessory for sitting through an episode of “Transparent” with the Pfeffermans—but the Holmes family has a bizarre way of stirring our emotions. Written by British playwright Simon … Continue reading Review: “On the Shore of the Wide World”