Samuel Beckett's existential landscape of alienation takes on a marital twist in Happy Days, now playing off-off-Broadway at The Flea. It features a longtime married couple: Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub, best known from Monk.
There is no doubt that Actors Equity has a vital role to play in American theater in the 21st century, much as it did throughout the 20th century. However, if it wants to preserve its vital role it must change its vision of the future.
It's a perfect example of "divide and conquer" that will ultimately lead to the decline of L.A. theater. Why? Because talented young actors, fresh out of drama school or college, will be unable to form their own companies with their colleagues.
IVP's ensemble cast does an admirable job of dramatically bringing to life the passion for flying of these women and the challenges of sexism (both in the military and at home) and being first in their field.
What if one day, for no explicable reason, every single one of these people - people like you and me and everyone we know - suddenly broke that long-standing contract we've made with society to keep our thoughts to ourselves?
Instead of focusing on the homogenized product of Broadway that has been created to appeal to every possible demographic, we need to come to the realization that "American Theatre" is as diverse as the communities that make up America.
This evening of short plays from Nick Jones addresses contemporary issues with a decidedly quirky and dark wit. For instance, the title piece in this show focuses on a pair of brothers, barely teenagers, whose views of sex have been completely shaped by the porn they've seen online.