Doug Schutte http://wfpl.org en REVIEW | '44 Plays for 44 Presidents' a Provocative Historical Revue http://wfpl.org/post/review-44-plays-44-presidents-provocative-historical-revue <p><a href="http://www.thebardstowntheatre.org/">The Bard's Town Theatre</a> opened <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/44-plays-44-presidents-takes-long-view-oval-office">its production of "44 Plays for 44 Presidents"</a> last night. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:15:03 +0000 Erin Keane 2302 at http://wfpl.org '44 Plays for 44 Presidents' Takes 'Long View' of the Oval Office http://wfpl.org/post/44-plays-44-presidents-takes-long-view-oval-office <p>“George Washington in the Garden of Eden” opens the show with a creation story. James Garfield’s “Dance of a Thousand Ironies” is a tragic ballet. Thomas Jefferson isn't memorialized, he's roasted, stand-up comedy-style, by Benjamin Franklin.&nbsp;</p><p>The Neo-Futurists of Chicago premiered "43 Plays for 43 Presidents" ten years ago (Actors Theatre of Louisville staged a production in 2008) with a brief play for each occupant of the Oval Office—Grover Cleveland gets two, since his terms weren't consecutive.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:34:14 +0000 Erin Keane 2246 at http://wfpl.org '44 Plays for 44 Presidents' Takes 'Long View' of the Oval Office Review: 'Misses Strata': Crude Humor Satisfies in New Bipartisan Satire http://wfpl.org/post/review-misses-strata-crude-humor-satisfies-new-bipartisan-satire <p>The more things change, the more things stay the same. 2,500 years after Aristophanes first suggested women could end a war by kicking powerful husbands out of their beds in “Lysistrata,” the idea is still compelling to playwrights and politicians alike (<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120613/NEWS06/120613071/ban-abortion-Michigan-House">a Michigan state representative recently suggested a similar strategy</a>).</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 665 at http://wfpl.org New 'Lysistrata' Adaptation Opens at The Bard's Town http://wfpl.org/post/new-lysistrata-adaptation-opens-bards-town <p><a href="http://www.thebardstowntheatre.org/">The Bard&rsquo;s Town Theatre</a> is resurrecting the ancient Greek story of Lysistrata in the premiere of a new comedy about sex, politics and patriotism.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 596 at http://wfpl.org New 'Lysistrata' Adaptation Opens at The Bard's Town