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The Mountaintop: thrilling peaks (and some valleys)

For me, the doorway to this production didn’t open until about halfway through. At that point, it became transcendent — intermittently. By the end, I was moved. In Katori Hall’s 2009 script, she imagines Martin Luther King Jr. in his motel room on April 3, 1968, the...

How the World Began — and how it stalled

It’s kind of like a horror movie with an obvious out — like “Why don’t they just call the cops?” In her 2011 script How the World Began, Catherine Trieschmann sets up an artificial conflict between the scientific and the religious. Susan has recently arrived in...

Wakey, Wakey: There’s a call for you

I’ve never been more alert to shimmering life than in the weeks preceding my friend Len’s assisted death. Presence was the gift of their passing. That’s also the substance of Will Eno’s Wakey, Wakey, which is seamlessly well realized in Pacific Theatre’s production....

Gather: Stories in Nature — room to grow

Maybe the best way to see these two short scripts is as seedlings. In Gather: Stories in Nature, Shayna Jones and Cameron Peal both perform solo plays they’ve written about their relationships to the earth. In a (mostly) productive decision, their work is being...

Best of Enemies: worth befriending

Best of Enemies is a familiar and predictable story of a white man’s redemption, but it still matters — a great deal. And it’s true. In 1971, in Durham, North Carolina, Ann Atwater was a black housing activist and C.P. Ellis was the Exalted Cyclops of a Durham klavern...