Children’s theatre is tricky business. It’s a bit like cooking for kids. The easy way out is all sugary sweets. Give ‘em saccharine fake smiles and stories so simplistic they’re easily digestible without any real thought. Like that ice cream cone for breakfast, it may hold the child’s attention for a few minutes but … is it really what they need?
A play boss-battling itself
Inda Craig-Galván’s play “Black Super Hero Magic Mama” is a tricky one to wrap your mind around. Not because the setup is unfamiliar (unfortunately, you’ll recognize it immediately) but because where the play takes that setup has it fighting against itself.
A theatrical sudoku puzzle
“Incognito” at the Son of Semele is a puzzle play.
Female power? Hell yes.
Sarah De Lappe’s play “The Wolves” is having a bit of a moment. On top of being a finalist for the Pulitzer, it’s slated for over 50 productions across the US - making it one of the year’s most produced plays.
Time for Block Party to evolve
If you’ve been patiently waiting for a play about roller derby, I have good news. If you had hoped it would be a great play about roller derby - um…not so much. “For the love of it (or the roller derby play)” takes us inside the locker room of the Brooklyn Scallywags - the best female roller derby team in the league. Gina Femia’s play gives you a peek behind the scenes at women who go by names like Lizzie Lightning and Diaz De Los Muertos.