My favorites included Camille’ Howard’s compassionate documentary “Yvonne’s Kitchen,” which follows its subject as she works to ensure that her fight against Parkinson’s Disease doesn’t keep her from living a fulfilling life on her own terms. I also loved the stylish stop-motion in “Symon’s Traveling Nightmare Show,” the sweet-but-not-sappy heart of “Prognosis” from Ryan Andriandhy, and the offbeat humor of Derek Gieraltowski’s animated “Fungeon,” which came complete with hilarious musical number. And “The Legend of Tom Kodak” was also a delight, presenting a revisionist history of the Kodak legacy in which the company’s innovations came not from George Eastman, but from his genius wheelchair-using cousin, Tom.
- PHOTO BY CATHERINE RAFFERTY
- A scene from "Oz and Effect," performed at School of the Arts on Saturday, September 14.
Characters deliver their lines in a sing-song rhyme (or full-on sung in the case of good witches Locasta and Glinda), but that doesn’t distract from the play’s pointedly grim tone. Sure, it may hammer home and over-explain its moral, especially once Glida starts explaining what we just saw. But its populist message sticks with you once the lights come up, showing its audience that even in the fantastical world of Oz there’s no escape from some familiar real-world troubles.
“Oz and Effect” will be performed again on Sunday, September 15, 4 p.m. at the School of the Arts Black Box Theatre. $10. Appropriate for ages 13 and over.
Bremner Duthie’s powerful one-man show “‘33 (a kabarett)” is loosely based on the tragic fate of the Eldorado Club in Berlin, which was raided and closed down before being taken over by the Nazis in 1933 and converted into one of their local headquarters. Against a stage strewn with his former castmates’ abandoned props and costumes, the kabarett’s master of ceremonies recreates the acts of his missing friends for a “stubborn, foolish, and brave” audience.
Singing, dancing, contorting his body into a powder keg of grief, anger, and sadness, Duthie gives a tour de force performance that earned a standing ovation from the Saturday night crowd. His writing doesn’t strain to make some disturbingly timely political parallels; as he notes in the program, this play “could unfortunately be set in any time.” It’s a sad but true statement, and one which inspires one man’s act of broken, anguished, and ultimately defiant resistance.
“‘33 (a kabarett)” will be performed again on Sunday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. at the School of the Arts Ensemble Theatre. $15. Appropriate for ages 13 and over.