Sock ‘n’ Buskin wows with Brothers Grimm

Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was a hilariously energetic production that left its audience out of breath. The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was a satirical, dark and sarcastic take on the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The show did not follow one consecutive storyline but alternated between the warped tales of Cinderella (Emily Poulsen), Rapunzel (Sarah Ashton), Snow White (Megan Harvey), and The Frog Princess (Natalie Lopez). The stories were commentated by the quirky and equally engaging narrators (Keara Williams and Aaron Cooze). It is worth noting that the goal of this show was not to teleport us to a different dimension, but instead, to entertain in its own setting. This is not a show to go to if […]

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COMMENTARY: Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror

Anthony and Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror bills itself as a loving pastiche of all things Sherlock. Its cast of characters features Holmes and Watson alongside an assortment of cultural figures from late-19th-century London, such as Gilbert & Sullivan, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw. What kind of sparks will fly as Holmes and Watson mingle alongside celebrated Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry, or engage in a duel of wits with Wilde? How will they respond when confronted by Holmes superfan H.G Wells? The theme of history vs. fiction is a big one for this play. “It’s a 21st-century play, based on 20th century characters, based on 19th century stories,” director Lauren Stiers wrote […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s The Crucible is full of substance and style

Imaginations run wild and accusations fly as a group of young women are caught doing suspicious things at midnight by the local preacher in Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s recent production of The Crucible, directed by Jake Pitre and Keith Hickey. This version of Arthur Miller’s Salem witch trials courtroom drama was modernized by a decision to go goth: The staging included fog and strobe lights, new wave-inspired electronic music played in between acts, and the makeup and costumes were all goth themed. The new direction succeeded in changing the way the play worked and made it feel modern and relevant. A significant amount of the success of the play relied on the strength of the actors. With the exception of the […]

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