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Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘The Second Girl’

Ronan Noone’s The Second Girl received its second chance opening at the Contemporary American Theater Festival last weekend and, like its hardscrabble characters, it’s a well-deserved second chance. The Second Girl is a touching, hard-knuckle portrayal of working class Irish immigrants, with a twist. That twist: it all takes place in the kitchen of one […]

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Review: Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF): ‘pen/man/ship’

The Contemporary American Theater Festival opened Friday, July 8, 2016, for the 26th time: five new plays with five new stories to tell. In Chistina Anderson’s pen/man/ship at the in-the-round Marinoff Theater, the audience is the crew on an old whaling ship bound for Liberia. Charles Boyd, the ship’s African American “impresario”, played by the steely-eyed Brian D. Coats, has secluded […]

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Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Review: ‘Dead and Breathing’

Despite the deus ex machina that ends the show—the miracle that I don’t mind mentioning because playwrights that resort to miracles as conclusions should have their audiences warned in advance—Dead and Breathing is an engaging, heartfelt exploration on death and the need for redemption.  I only pray for my own miracle: that playwright Chisa Hutchinson finds some other […]

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