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Review: The Curse of the Starving Class

On Wednesday, “The Curse of the Starving Class” debuted in the Pit. As the season debut for the King’s Theatrical Society (KTS), the show was helmed by seasoned KTS contributor Zach Greenham. The play was written by Sam Sheppard and first debuted in March 1978. It tells the story of a mother at the end […]

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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: 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 […]

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Review: American Buffalo

As the opening number of this year’s KTS Fall Season, Mike Tucker’s rendition of American Buffalo does not disappoint. Written by David Mamet, the play follows a trio of men – Teach (Saunder Waterman), Bobby (Sam Hodgkins-Sumner) and Donny (Genny Dow) – in a junk shop over the course of a single day, as they […]

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Classics in the Quad Review: Medea

This year’s Classics in the Quad found a suitably tragic tale in ‘Medea’. Directed by Jessica MacIsaac, the story of Medea centers around the brutal end of the titular character’s marriage with the classical hero Jason, her killing of both his new wife and their two children. MacIsaac’s production was haunting and engaging to watch. […]

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Review: Gruesome Playground Injuries

Gruesome Playground Injuries, directed by Jackson Byrne, explores the dysfunctional relationship between two best friends and their pain. They jump forwards and backwards by as much as fifteen years, uncovering the various injuries sustained throughout their lives and the deeper lasting effects beyond simple scar tissue.

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Review: The Empire Builders

The KTS’s production of Boris Vian’s The Empire Builders, directed by Alanna Griffin, took a sometimes puzzling script and swept the audience into a chilling tale of a family’s ascent into barbarism and madness.

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Review: Plays in Weird Places

The first staging of Plays in Weird Places, presented by the King’s Infringement Festival, played to a sold-out audience last week. Though things got confused or crowded a few times, the shows and tours ran smoothly overall.