We're lucky to see this, the first American production of this English play. Insightful witty scientific discussions, satirizing all aspects of university life, set in a framework that starts out somewhat didactic but becomes ultimately surprisingly warm and compassionate.
As a hispanic and a catholic and a person who despises "good-humored" discrimination I will have to agree that this show was terrible.
I can't get enough Burning Coal! Will definitely go see this!
I love your show! It's like waiting for Christmas to come and getting everything you ask Santa for. Don't stop your show or I won't be getting anymore Christmas gifts. Lol! But it would be nice to have Bobby unwrapped under my Christmas tree this year! I respect you not being afraid to put GOD out there on your show. I love Ronnies shirts, does he have those special made? And Amy i haven't forgot u, I love your hair and u are truly a beautiful lady even though you r rough and tough. Love your show! I'm a faithful viewer.
Loved seeing that this production is making its way to NYC. I reviewed it when first performed in that dingy corner of Cordoba, and it has haunted me ever since. I mention it often to people when I tell them I'm reviewing cutting-edge theater in little ol' Durham. Monica deserves a good amount of fame for her writing. I'll be proud to have seen her beginnings! Thanks, Byron!
Great article Byron. It updated me on a theatrical community that greatly nurtured my career. I look forward to seeing a production of "What Every Girl Should Know".
There's more than a few of the ones I've got on my own wishlist: David Eggers' The Circle ( McSweeney's), Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, and Nancy Farmer's The Lord of Opium. It is missing :) however, some others, among others which would be a list too long to take a minute to type up: Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam, Kim Stanley Robinson's Shaman, and Tad Williams' Happy Hour in Hell (all three out today actually); Nick Mamatas' Love is the Law; Kate Maruvama's Harrowgate; Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves; Jeff VanderMeer's Wonderbook; METAtropolis: Green Space; Tina Connolly's Copperhead; Cherie Priest's Fiddlehead; Lavie Tidhar's The Violent Century; Leena Krohn's Datura; Nicola Griffith's Hild; and Durham author Nathan Kotecki's follow-on to The Suburban Strange, Pull Down the Night. It's hard not to just keep running on with more books but, well, there's time and space and this comment box.
it's Tivadar (esperantized as Teodoro), not Tivaro
I have not seen the show... but anytime I hear "lighten up" it reminds of bullies telling people to lighten up. If someone didn't like The Book of Mormon, I would not think of telling them to lighten up... I would just conclude that type of humor wasn't for them. When someone says "lighten up" it is usually because they know "the joke" was in bad taste, or a passive aggressive attack on a person, group, or belief, but do not want to admit it.
Actually, though not Latino, I am gay. Granted, no longer closeted, but gay none the less. I'm also not catholic, fundamentalist or in any way, "inside the religion". I applaud your knowledge of what is going on in the NC Legislature these days - seriously I do. I just don't see the relation to this show. The point of this show was not in the particular scenario, but the human situation and values expressed. I'm sorry you were not able to lighten up as much as me, because you missed a very enjoyable as experience as a result. Likewise though, no hard feelings!
Turbo's remarks make the most sense if one's viewing the show from inside the religion it's marketing.
But seen from a distance, I still think we're first struck by the money (and corporate support) that had to go into such a supposed national tour. Then we're confronted with the goal of such a juggernaut: simply, getting everyone to believe the same thing -- with a little electronic backup to indicate when they do.
Particularly in such glitzy, high-tech trappings, evangelism is, by definition, never far removed from propaganda.
Given the march against women's health, environmentalism, the poor and a host of other issues that a different group of theocrats is currently making through both houses of the NC state legislature, I find I just can't lighten up as much as Turbo would like.
I also can't help but notice that ALTAR BOYZ keeps a gay man closeted due to his faith, and presents to us a Latino character who is apparently amusing because he's Latino.
I'm also betting my correspondent isn't either of these. If Turbo was, (s)he just might not have been so enchanted with the proceedings.
Still, no hard feelings.
This review seems overly harsh. This show was light-hearted, relatively short (in a good way), and the cast was very like-able and could not have been more energetic and enthusiastic. They managed to poke fun without causing any hard feelings or being mean-spirited, and treated the audience to a lot of laughs. If you're the kind of person who can lighten up and enjoy a little good-spirited fun that doesn't try to impress itself, I highly recommend this show.
This would seem to give both something in common with Mr. Bowater's modest success in "My Name is Yin," which he's just directed for ArtsCenter's 10 BY 10 Festival.
For those who'd like to compare for themselves, It's still running this weekend,
At least Fox is supposed to be physical slapstick comedy. God of Carnage had descended into that by the second night when I saw it.
Educated people around the world who know both English and Esperanto, know the difference.
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This is a wonderful article and I am grateful to Lisa Sorg for taking the time to learn about this movement and its presence in this part of the US. I was born in Mexico and after 30 years in the US I still don't feel that I'm at the same level with native speakers of English. When we had our binatioal convention in Tijuana in 2007, it was heartwarming to see young people from Mexico City who started learning the language just a few months before the event speaking with USans who have been speaking it for decades!
Esperanto is not just a language but is the best business language. But the authority did not allow it to be used in the business sector. Now the Esperanto business is florishing too.
Indonesia has made Esperanto a part of the Foreign Affairs schools for the young diplomats.
I saw the other cast of leads, with Carly Jones, Lora Fabio, John Adams, and Byron Jennings, they were all amazing! I do agree with your assessment of the set, it was the worst part of the whole show, I couldn’t figure out why the show was being performed in a barn. And the lighting was, well, amateurish at best. The cast and the singing…wonderful.
And who or what is E.Brent Lane working for? Where does he get his reseach analysis info? Film and TV projects bring a lot of money into a region. The amount coming in here is greater than what the state pays out. Just look at base figures. Just come see where the money flows, from all the food the caterers use, prop food, set dressing, porta potties, rental vans, cars, trucks, the list goes on and on. And while a film may come and go, the idea is to have continuity. One film leads to another, and another, and another. Wake up NC! Film/TV incentives equals jobs and money!
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