Posts Tagged ‘Zephyr Theatre’

BR’ER COTTON

An angry, rebellious African-American teen finds himself at loggerheads with his hard-working single mom, his tradition-bound granddad, and the racist world he confronts on a daily basis in Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s Br’er Cotton, a dialog-provoking gripper of a play that I’d like even better if it stayed in the very real present instead of detouring into magical realism territory and the Civil War past.
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THE LAST VIG

Supporting performances are uniformly terrific and design elements as good as it gets, but with a low-energy Burt Young slowing things down to a snail’s pace, audiences in search of theatrical sparks had best look elsewhere than writer-director David Varriale’s potentially entertaining Mafia comedy The Last Vig*.
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THE HOUSE OF YES

Siblings don’t get any more twincestuous than Anthony and Jackie-O Pascal, the brother-sister protagonists of Wendy MacLeod’s delectably dark The House Of Yes, back for a terrifically acted 25th-anniversary revival at the Zephyr on Melrose.
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DOCTOR ANONYMOUS

NOT RECOMMENDED

The gay liberation movement may have started in earnest with the 1969 Stonewall riots, but homosexuality was still deemed a “curable” mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association in 1972 when a masked Dr. John E. Fryer addressed the annual APA conference as “Dr. H. Anonymous,” beginning his speech with the simple words “I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist.”

A year later homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Inspired by Fryer’s speech, psychiatrist/playwright Guy Fredrick Glass has written Doctor Anonymous, now getting its World Premiere at the Zephyr Theatre, and though several of its actors rise above the material, neither their performances nor a topnotch production design can mask Doctor Anonymous’s many serious flaws.
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