Posts by: jgf

A Conversation on the Arena Stage’s Virginia Woolf

A conversation with Tracy Letts and director Pam Mackinnon on the current production at the Arena Stage of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which I’m hoping to see over the break. Just a couple of stalwarts in the theater talking about something they know and love. It’s here.

I’m a contradiction–get over it…

If you think you’re weird, if your friends or family or roommates can’t figure you out or get mad at you a lot, this may be the reason. I didn’t post this, though, to give approval to weird or bizarre behavior for the sake of weirdness or bizarreness. I think the underlying message is that […]

Pussy on the House Review

Well, EdgeBoston liked the Gold Dust Orphans’ parody? version? remake? of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and so did I. I went to the Machine (a.k.a The Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts) a gay bar in the Fenway, thinking I was going to drink gin and tonics and laugh all night. It didn’t […]

Write a Play on Twitter

This isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Do you know there is a grad student in creative writing who is investigating writing and performing a play entirely in the digital space? Well, when you’ve spent something like ten years at Wired what do you expect? But as he explained it to me, there are already […]

Thomas Garvey and his Hub Review blog

If you’re interested in what’s going on in the arts in Boston, this guy and his blog, The Hub Review, is a must-read. It’s not that you’re always going to agree with him, or that he’s always right, it’s that he is one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable, and prolific critics in Boston. I always […]

The Theater of the Future/The Future of Theater

Lines and titles will blur, merge, and disappear. We will not be actors, playwrights, directors, lighting designers. We will be theater makers.

Whistler in the Dark’s The Europeans

I know I keep tooting Whistler’s horn, but I think it’s important to buy local and support your local theaters. Whistler is one that keeps putting on some real thought-provoking and intriguing theater. Their (its?) current production is Howard Barker’s The Europeans. Here’s a review. I saw it this past week. It is an amazingly […]

Please Don’t Start a Theater Company

I read this with interest because, for me, a playwright, the more theaters there are, the better chance I get of getting my work produced. And you’d think that actors would want more theaters because there are more parts. The same could be said for costume, lighting and set designers, directors, stage managers, et al. […]

Govt. cuts to arts funding…a response

The government is (again) threatening to cut funding to PBS, NEA, et. al. Here’s a response to the threat. It’s really not new, we’ve been dealing with this since what seems like the dawn of time, but… I do think it’s important for people to understand why the arts are important to a well-rounded, educated, […]

Gold Dust Orphans bring back Pussy on the House

You might know it as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but to Huntington Theatre Playwright Fellow, Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans theater troupe, it’s Pussy on the House. The Orphans, if you don’t know, are a theater troupe of drag queens who during the winter operate out of The Machine, a gay […]

Whistler in the Dark offering $10 tix for its opening this Thursday

The Europeans, presented by Whistler in the Dark Theater. Opening this Thursday. Friend the theater on Facebook, and use the code “Alliance” at the online box office for the opening this Thursday (2.10). Okay, full disclosure: Whistler gave one of my full-length plays a staged reading last year, but I’m not promoting them because I […]

The Small Theatre Alliance of Boston (STAB)

This is very local, but in the last year the small fringe theaters in Boston formed an alliance to share resources and…well, it’s hard to describe. It seems so much of STAB is still being sorted out. But it has a Web presence, and if anything it exists to promote the small, fringe theaters that […]