Alexandra Bonifield Get Critical: Rants & Reviews NEA/Annenberg Fellow in Theatre Criticism http://sjamaanka.wordpress.com
"A New Drama" explores the desperate, lustful side of darkest vengeance in classic love betrayal. Cinema Noir's Coen Brothers would blush with nihilistic glee: an "ancient" (by Access Hollywood standards) stage drama that portrays with painstakingly drawn detail the anguished disintegration of a tortured soul enslaved by the grotesque savagery of petty human nature. No wonder Manuel Baus' play triumphed in Europe in the late 1800's with absurdist expressionism emerging across all fields of artistic endeavor. On our side of the pond, puritanical sensibilities focused prudishly on the impropriety of the play's central torrid love affair and missed the work's triumphant transcendence over hyper-romanticized slice of life "realism." A jovial male lead that transforms into a disgusting monster, a Frankenstein gone mad beyond reason, over betrayal by a virginal babe with comely heaving bosom, so locked into victimized sexual repression that only a dedicated Freudian could truly love or tolerate her....it's delicious sustenance for those whose hearts long for a dark night of the soul and no facile endings where lovie-dovieness blithely conquers all and everyone lives happily ever after. Like slivers of rich bittersweet chocolate on the palate, MBS Production's "A New Drama" foments a crescendo of guilty pleasure with each sensual ensnarement-driven scene. Guaranteed to whip up the flagging ardor of well-seasoned lovers, or to inspire those daring to stray outside the bounds of conventional coupling...
Fun and flirty, our Confetti Hearts design incorporates layers upon layers of festive heart confetti in pink, red and white giving it a rich dimension and texture. Great for Valentine's Day or any time you're feelin' the love...
A plethora of people who are overly fond of ALL CAPS and many many exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Like it makes it more exciting, somehow, to break the English language into bits, rub the bits in the dirt and then fix it all back together again with used duct tape.
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If interested, we can exchange photos to see if there is mutual attraction, and if so, can meet for coffee or a drink to see if the vibe is right. Since I'm letting strangers into my home and will be relaxing around them, I want to feel comfortable.
Oh to be an electronic fly on the wall and see what kind of responses he gets!
I've had this turkey carcass in the freezer since Christmas (my cousin was going to throw it out! Two of them! My mother took the other) and I finally broke down and bought the veggies to make soup. A friend dug up an old recipe that I'm sortof using, mainly for the cooking directions.
I threw in an onion, some carrots, celery and mushrooms, garlic and cayenne pepper, simmer for 6 hours (two hours left at this writing). Clean off the turkey meat, throw in some egg noodles, simmer for another 30 and done.
I just tasted it.
Let's just say that if I actually bothered to really cook more often, I'd probably never stop eating.
Tonight was the first rehearsal for A New Drama, the show that marks my return to the stage later this month.
I thought it was just going to be a read-through, but nope - I got to stay after the read through and block the first scene with Mark-Brian and BOY was it fast paced and furious. I'm still trying to get my sea legs back and here we are zipping through this. I'm sitting here trying to redevelop my blocking shorthand and make sense of it afterward for a quick runthrough. AUGH My brain was on semi-overload, trying to get dialogue right, translating my scribbles into action while trying to get the pacing right. But hey - I wanted to get back into this and WHEEE I'm getting in spades, possums!
Luckily, the director seems to be a patient guy (and super nice, too). He's very exacting, knows what he wants, expects nothing less and it's really cool. I've had stage directors in the past who who just point and say - "oh just move sortof over there somewhere." Not Charles! He has it down to the specific seats he wants us to move in front of (this makes sense if you know the performance space, an old stone cottage where the seats are placed in a "L" shape around the perimeter of the main room). No generalities here!
But in the end, it's all a very good thing Charles does what he does the way he does it. Anything less, and I'd probably have a much more causal attitude about the whole thing.
Thank god Shakespeare is only a supporting role. I only have 5 or 6 scenes across the three acts, and some of them are super-short (for me) so I have time to breathe through this rehearsal process.
Oh and this just hit me today: How fun is it that a Hathaway is playing Shakespeare?
Pushing onward to my 40th birthday, I'm currently working toward not returning to corporate America unless they come calling first. As such, I'm working on turning my online shops into my full time gig, supplemented with
acting, voice overs and free lance graphic design.
Currently living in historic Oak Cliff with cat Drucilla (or just "Kitty") and puppy Rose Nylund and new kitties Blanche Devereaux and Sophia.