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Daily Archives: January 20, 2014

‘Seven Guitars’ a Hoochie Coochie Masterwork

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Seven Guitars – Court Theatre

guitarCourt Theatre’s “Seven Guitars” is one of the best looking productions I have ever seen. The scenery, designed by Regina Garcia, perfectly re-creates a Pittsburg urban environment circa 1948, with dirt-encrusted floors and brick buildings, pale lightbulbs dangling from wires, and tables and chairs with waning varnish; the costuming, by Christine Pascual, captures the color tones and patterns of ’40s clothing wonderfully; and the play’s complex lighting, by Marc Stubblefield, ties it altogether, beautifully complementing the play’s ambiguity with smoky dusks and shadows.

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A Thought Provoking Evening of Theatre

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eggStage Left Theatre Company presents A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols is the story of Brian and Sheila, a married couple who have grown cynical with their lives as the parents of a 10 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy. Their daughter Josephine, or Joe for short, is so disabled she does no more than moan and shake her arms.  During this day in the play, Brian teeters on the brink of making a life or death decision for his daughter. With some very dark comedic moments skillfully performed by the cast, this show creates an authentic environment to spark conversation about quality of life issues for the severely disabled.

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