Monthly Archives: July 2014

CATF: Chisa Hutchinson’s DEAD AND BREATHING

I had been especially eager to see Dead and Breathing, mostly because it purportedly tackled the important theme of “right to die,” and it sounded like a light-hearted approach to a controversial subject. Light-hearted it certainly was, if not all that … Continue reading

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CATF: Bruce Graham’s NORTH OF THE BOULEVARD

On Sunday afternoon, we walked into the theatre for this show to be greeted by an extraordinarily realistic auto repair shop right up there on the stage.  Impressive!  And incidentally, it has to trade off every other night in repertory … Continue reading

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CATF: Christina Anderson’s THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY

Christina Anderson was inspired to write her play based on the circumstances of black people in Seattle in the 1800’s, then as segregated an American city as you could find.  Free blacks were actually prohibited from entering the state of Oregon … Continue reading

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CATF: Thomas Gibbons’ UNCANNY VALLEY

Yesterday’s noontime matinee was performed in the little Studio 112 Theater at Shepherd University.  It is equipped with an entire stage on wheels, floored about a foot off the ground, and facing a floor-to-ceiling steeply raked wall of audience.  A … Continue reading

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CATF: Charles Fuller’s ONE NIGHT

Last night was opening night of the 24th annual Contemporary American Theater Festival. My wife and I are here for our third year.   See my blog post of July 14, 2012; sadly, I got either swamped or lazy and neglected … Continue reading

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