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Review: The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project (directed by Josh Feldman, with assistance from Jonathan Brown-Gilbert) is unlike any play I’ve ever seen. It addresses a real life tragedy, but not in the typical theatrical manner. It follows the Tectonic Theatre Project, a group of real-life actors who visited Laramie, Wyoming. These actors interviewed a series of townspeople about […]

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Review: Equus

Equus, written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Jack Smith, has been the talk of King’s for several weeks. I’ve met quite a few people who’ve been anticipating this controversial play. I’m sure its reputation will attract a fair amount of patrons, but I hope its sensational aspects don’t overshadow its quality. This play, barring […]

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Review: Orlando

Orlando, directed by Julia Schultz, is a springy, frothy concoction with a serious underlying message. The play grapples with gender identities and sexual fluidity, accompanied by Virginia Woolf’s flowery dialogue. This version nicely captures the core theme of the work, gliding by with earnestness and creative set choices. However, there are a few snags that […]

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Infringement Festival 2016: 4th night review

*Note: Our coverage of Tuesday night covers Trojan War, Wake, and Alcohol Assumption and Other Effects, so they are omitted from this review. The fourth night of Infringement was bookended by some serious performances, varying from the odd comedic beat to the raw and the disturbing. Both of the plays reviewed here were great examples […]

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Infringement Festival 2016: 3rd night review

NOTE: Enlightenment Café, Journey to the Centre of Ourselves, and Eureka! Zaire will be reviewed at a later date. The third night of Infringement struck the right note with quirky, slightly random plays in a cohesive structure. “*pop*” opened the block with two women kissing. That was the entirety of the play. They kissed, talked […]

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Infringement Festival 2016: 2nd night review

NOTE: The Waiting Gentlewoman and Hard Rock Kids will be reviewed at a later date. People gathered in the Pit once again for the second night of Infringement. The first block was chock-full of wildly different plays, making for a varied, if overly long, first half. “Trojan War” stormed out of the gates to start […]

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Infringement Festival 2016: Opening night review

Even a fire alarm couldn’t damper Infringement’s opening night. The week-long student-written theatre festival kicked off on Monday night in the Pit. Before the shows began, an alarm sounded, forcing everyone into a furious flurry of flakes. Actors in suits, robes, and other costumes mingled with audience members in the Quad. The alarm stopped and […]

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Review: Spring Awakening

Content warning: some explicit words, all song titles. Duncan Shiek’s adaptation of the musical Spring Awakening, directed by John Sandham, is perhaps the most ambitious play of the KTS’ 2015 Fall season. Set in Germany in the 19th century, the musical tells the story of sexually repressed teenagers discovering themselves in a highly moralistic culture, and […]

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Review: The 39 Steps

The KTS’ third play of the season, Kate Jordan’s production of The 39 Steps moves away from serious drama and flies headlong into unapologetic slapstick comedy. The plot of the play – an adaptation of a Hitchcock movie which was itself an adaptation of a 1915 book by John Buchan – follows the misadventures of […]

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Review: 4:48 Psychosis

Danielle Adessky’s version of 4:48 Psychosis is upfront with its intentions. The trigger warning before the performance lays bare its themes to the audience. The play tackles depression, suicide, and the efforts used to cope with them. These are bold, important themes worth a deep discussion and analysis. Psychosis features striking stage blocking and good […]