Our family will forever be grateful for Nancy and Black Box. We are so sad to see it go as her talent was a force to be reckoned with. Nancy and Black Box had a major impact on students, parents, and the community. Joy radiates back stage and actors and audiences love being there. They have had a major impact on the community and has also won "Best of Springs" awards both last year and this year.
I will forever be thankful for Nancy and her dream of Black Box. Our entire family has benefited from her talent and love. We are very sad to see it go but will never forget all of the memories
I'm so sorry to hear about Nancy and the Black Box theatre, but I can't wait for a new comedy club to open in Colorado Springs!
Thank to The Black Box Theater and Nancy, my Little School on Vermijo students had a place to perform Shakespeare for three years in a row. I wish her the best of luck !!!!
Back Box will be sorely missed. I was so fortunate to see many great productions there. Nancy is wonderful.
Best of luck to Nancy and her successor. Black Box will be missed.
Beautifully written review! "[W]atching a flower blossom and then wilt before our eyes." Wow!
Great article, Bret!
Thanks for the review. I agree that it was very entertaining but a bit breakneck, and the final monologue was not nearly as helpful as I believe the playwright thought it was. Our group really enjoyed Cornelius and thought she stood out.
Thanks for the write-up! I'd like to give credit where credit is due: Dylan and I are only part of the group of SB veterans who keep this company running. Greg Lanning and Elizabeth Kahn also met in a Star Bar show, subsequently married and have served on the board off and on for 20 years, as has Melissa Hafter. Jan Gregg-Kelm has moved to warmer climes, but I'm pretty sure this incarnation of Star Bar would never have gotten off the ground without her. They're not the only ones, of course, but the're the core, the heart of Star Bar.
We've got some new members this year, as well, including Shayn Megilligan, Erica Hutchinson, Catherine Cotton-McGuire and Bob Morsch. It takes a LOT more than the two of us to make Star Bar happen.
Thanks for the update, Warren, we've changed the capsule.
Due to popular demand, we've extended the run through Jan. 11! But tickets won't last long.
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"Men do figure into the women's lives in Love, but as accessories like cuff links, not as meaningful companions."
Are you familiar with the Bechdel test, by any chance? Wikipedia: "...the Bechdel test was introduced in Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. In a 1985 strip titled "The Rule", an unnamed female character says that she only watches a movie if it satisfies the following requirements:
1. It has to have at least two women in it,
2. who talk to each other,
3. about something besides a man."
When you begin to apply this test to theatre, television or film, you will find that disturbingly few pieces pass it, and you begin to view entertainment and what it tells us about how interested (or not) our society is in the inner life of women in a much different (read: bleaker) light. Indeed, the scarcity of plays in which there are roles for several women - especially women over 30 - instead of two romantic rivals or one mother and one ingenue is still, even in this day and age, very disappointing. LLAWIW is one of a handful in which your statement is true; it's the exception, not the rule. Thank goodness (and female playwrights) for the few that exist and manage to make it into production.
Yay Peaks and Pasties, and Yay Broken Glass Photography!!!
I think you were too hard on Floyd and Clea. The singing voices and acting were fine. The play is very talky which makes it feel slow. But it wasn't that painful. The songs were not memorable, but they did move the story along. It was an enjoyable evening.
Bill Wheeler writes a review of opening night on his theatre blog:
Brilliant production. All of the actors and actresses were absolutely brilliant!
Great script...great cast. Loved the show.
Nobody in our town's theater community could have more respect for Christian O'Shaughnessy, with whom I've had the pleasure to work, Ashley Crockett, my theater pal of many productions, and others of this fine cast and crew who have given themselves so professionally to this project. But there has come a time in my life, like now, where the heat and fires of my once young self have cooled. And now, I do not need nor want to be "...led on a spree of choreographed violence." I will give this production a miss, not for any lack of respect for those involved, but to find fewer assaults on my senses of horror, violence, and anarchy.
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