SPINE: Theatre, History & Culture in the Belly of the Beast

Post-Play Palaver: Robert Michael Oliver and John Stoltenberg Look at ‘Light...

Robert Michael Oliver and John Stoltenberg saw and wrote about the same opening night performance of Lights Rise on Grace at Woolly Mammoth Theatre...

Spine: ‘The Margins’ at Molotov Theatre Group by Robert Michael Oliver

David Skeele's The Margins opened this Saturday at Adams Morgan's DCAC with its own brand of intimate terror. Take the small theatre -- and I...

Spine: ’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

The Creation of Art. The Wrestle with Death. 33 Variations, Moisés Kauffman's Tony nominated play, juxtaposes those two turbulences. In one -- circa 1820 in Vienna, Austria...

Spine: The Enlightened World of Folger’s ‘Mary Stuart’

Frederic Schiller's historical drama, Mary Stuart (1800), gives us two potent, yet vulnerable women, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. It gives us...

Spine: ‘In Love and Warcraft’ and all the Mythologies in Between

In the hit TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Rajesh regularly play the on-line fantasy role playing game World of...

Spine: ‘Diner’ at Signature Theatre by Robert Michael Oliver

In 1982, when Barry Levinson's Diner (the film) opened nationwide to positive reviews, the Reagan Revolution had just begun, the Vietnam Syndrome was about...

Spine: ‘Famous Puppet Death Scenes’

Gordon Craig, one of the early giants of modern theatre, provocatively wrote: "There is only one actor – nay one man – who has...

Spine: Feeling Blue? Escape to ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

A man staggers onto the stage at Arena's Kreeger Theater. Nomax, played with deep loss by Kevin McAllister, has offended his girl with yet...

Spine: What Happens when Porno, Isabella Rossellini, and Bio-Diversity Collide? ...

To be sure, some of Lisner's audience came for the sex--explicit, diverse, and environmentally conscious. Some came for the celebrity--a noted model and film actress...

Spine: Hip-Hop, Flow, and ‘How We Got On’

When I think of Hip-Hop my imagination immediately flies to urban America, to a gritty, "tougher than leather" New York City filled with N.W.A,...

Spine: ‘Julius Caesar, “et tu Brute?” and You’

Shakespeare, the humanist; Shakespeare, the poet; Shakespeare, the political playwright; Shakespeare, the fatalist. Before he passed away, my 87-year-old father used to quiz members of...

Spine: ‘Whose War? Our War? Their War?’

The National Civil War Project presents the work of "a multi-city, multi-year collaboration between four universities and five performing arts organizations to commemorate the 150th...

Spine: Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry, and Elmer Gantry the Musical

The American musical does not lend itself well to big ideas, particularly if they possess any degree of complexity. Keep the ideas as simple...

Spine: Ontologically Speaking (Perhaps) Absolutely!

In Luigi Pirandelo's most famous play, Six Characters in Search of an Author, the frustrated theatrical director demands that the father of the wandering...

Spine: Who’s the Fool in ‘Fool for Love’?

Round House Theatre has opened its 2014 season with Sam Shepard's Fool for Love (1983), one of his many scripts--Curse of the Starving Class (1976), Buried...

SPINE: Theatre, History & Culture in the Belly of the Beast:...

“When will the cold Christ Quit breathing twice” Robert Hazel, American Poet Apparently never, or at least not until a new god, Christ’s child perhaps, takes his...

SPINE: Theatre, Culture, and History in the Belly of the Beast:...

I recently experienced Motti Lerner's The Admission, Theatre J's production remounted by Busboys & Poets at Studio Theatre (my review is here). The controversy...

SPINE: Theatre, Culture, and History in the Belly of the Beast:...

With today's article, we welcome Robert Michael Oliver as he inaugurates his new column SPINE: Theatre, Culture, and History in the Belly of the Beast on...

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