Sometimes my job is very easy. I get to go see theatre and tell you all the great productions to go see. Right now it’s my pleasure to tell you that if you want to properly invest your time and resources, you will want to check out David Mamet’s American Buffalo, the latest production for Quill Theatre being held at TheatreLAB’s basement theatre (300 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219).
Articles by John Porter
The oldest form of theatre starts out with the phrase, “Let me tell you a story.” For me, that’s where it all begins. The story dictates the characters, the story is the action, the story defines the conflict.
When I hear that we – the audience – are going to witness a one-person show, I admit I am excited by the possibilities. Whether it is a one-character show like The Belle of Amherst written from the point of view of poet Emily Dickinson; or a multi-character more recent work by Danny Hoch or John Leguizamo, I can’t wait to see it.
Back in the day when I was teaching people how to write, I used an exercise I called “Act Four” in which the students would write what happened after the play ended. It helped them connect with characters and look for ways to build a dramatic arc.
In a series of books, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson flip that premise on its head and write about what happed BEFORE the story of Peter Pan. How does Peter and Captain Hook become mortal enemies? Where does Tinkerbell come from? How do the Lost Boys come to live in Neverland? And why does that alligator chase Captain Hook so diligently?
This is a year that Firehouse Theatre has promised us “radical change,” and to that end new Artistic Director Joel Bassin has added fringe shows, comedy, burlesque, cabarets, and magic to their usual theatrical fare.
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday night (10/3/15) at 11:00 for Time for the Blues, in what is sure to be one of our strangest shows to date. And considering some of the stunts we’ve pulled, that’s saying something!
We hope you will join us this week (10/3/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I are joining in with Richmond’s biggest musical event of the year! We’ve got some great music lined up that’s going to rock the late night hours.
Before the summer slips away into the fall, it’s time to check out some of the most recent releases that have hit my desk. We’re expecting a big shipment for the fall, so be sure to head back here soon, and in the meantime, here are a few things you’ll be hearing on Time For The Blues in the near future.
On Saturday morning, August 8th, to be exact, there was already a line forming outside the Ashland Theatre at 9:00 a.m. Dedicated fans, many in costumes or t-shirts of their favorite character, greeted each other by calling out lines and laughing hysterically at the responses. Most of the audience is made up from local people, but some travelled from Pennsylvania and Maryland to be here.
Was this a revival of a favorite film series? Die-hard Star Wars fans perhaps, queuing up to see a sneak preview of the next upcoming blockbuster?