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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Bloomsday transcends its preposterous plot with nuanced musings on age and regret by Justin Hayford

It should be a trainwreck, but it's not, just so long as you put your intellect on hold. A stranger walks up to you. They know your name, where you've been, wher…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ionesco’s Killing Game gets too busy with the dying by Justin Hayford

There's not enough room in this scattershot world for ideas to deepen. Eugène Ionesco's Killing Game, first produced in 1970, will always be relevant—which pa…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

In Mad Hip Beat & Gone, two teens split Nebraska to find their bliss by Justin Hayford

Steven Dietz's historical drama starts strong but gets "tangled up in roads." Unhelpfully prolific American playwright Steven Dietz never met a promising idea he…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Gamergate-inspired drama Non-Player Character doesn't bother to challenge audience assumptions by Justin Hayford

It provides all the answers to the central dilemma that you'd expect. Red Theater has achieved its admirable goal to "ask dangerous questions theatrically" in th…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Refuge Theatre lifts Hands on a Hardbody out of complete banality by Justin Hayford

"If you want something," they sing, "keep your hands on it." Based on S.R. Bindler's 1997 documentary of the same name, this 2012 Broadway musical focuses on an …

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Detour Guide isn't sure where it's going by Justin Hayford

Karim Nagi takes his audience on a tour of the Arab world beyond Aladdin. At the beginning of this discursive one-man show, a Silk Road Rising/Stage Left coprodu…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The final 15 minutes of Dutch Masters are devastating by Justin Hayford

But Greg Keller’s script takes way too long to get there. In his 2018 one-act, actor and writer Greg Keller creates a relationship between two young men so poi…

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Dave Maher, high-concept mischief-maker, revives his Coma Show this weekend by Justin Hayford

As a performer, comedian Dave Maher is a high-concept mischief-maker. During his recent six-week stint at the Annoyance, he spent one night intentionally shirking his responsibilities, setti…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: A Retreat From the Edge by Justin Hayford

In Detroit, Lisa D'Amour pulls back where she should push.

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