A Dickens of a Dud

There is something altogether fascinating about the Victorian era. It has come to be known as a time of refined sensibilities, straitlaced moralism and restrained romanticism as depicted in the works of William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope and the Bronte sisters. Ladies and gentlemen did not “go to bed,” during the 19th century, as that…… Continue reading A Dickens of a Dud

Pretty Little Lies

The hypocrisies of social behavior, the irrationality of love and the fleeting pleasures of excess: Heady themes in any age. The stuff that theatrical dreams are made of. And yet, it is the skewering of those very tropes that adds dimension to the human experience. Good theater, it can then be argued, serves as the…… Continue reading Pretty Little Lies

History Lesson

Both playwright Tom Smith and Director Mark Medoff have spoken at length about the themes that make up the former’s latest offering, Aunt Raini, currently being presented by American Southwest Theatre Company and performed at the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts. Art as political statement and the question of identity are key…… Continue reading History Lesson

Question of Identity

Identity. It’s an issue we all struggle with at one point or another; sometimes for our entire lives. Who we are and how we are perceived by others becomes a very important element in our day-to-day social interactions. It can color our world view. And, in some extreme cases, it can even affect future generations.…… Continue reading Question of Identity