Last fall, as Mike Daisey was performing his new tetralogy entitled The Great Tragedies, he recounted some of his experiences as a student in London. One of his acting teachers was a fierce martinet with a habit of interrupting her students by yelling "YOU'RE BORING ME! "
Any form of corruption can taint a sport whose integrity is held sacrosanct in the eyes of its biggest fans. Two recent Bay area productions helped to shine a light on how difficult it can be to win simply on the basis of one's merit.
I first saw Wilson's play during its 1987 pre-Broadway tryout at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco with James Earl Jones in the lead role. At the time, I found it difficult to appreciate Wilson's play.
Dialect plays a critical role in David Lindsay-Abaire's heart-rending dramedy, Good People. Set in South Boston, it captures the sound of New Englanders who have been stuck in a pocket of economic depression for years with little chance of finding a better life.
While plays that are set in a time and place far removed from today are often referred to as "historical dramas" or "period pieces," the knowledge of different historical periods bestowed on us through paintings, sculpture, and literature allows us to have fun with history.