Reviews for Street Corner Arts Performances

Review: Bull by Street Corner Arts

Review: Bull by Street Corner Arts

by Michael Meigs
Published on April 18, 2016

'Bull' may leave a sour taste in your mouth, particularly after that last unendurably long fade in the final scene, but it's exactly the taste that playwright Mike Bartlett wants you to have.

Mike Bartlett's single-syllable title for this piece doesn't give much away. The playwright's a Brit, so perhaps Bull isn't intended to suggest the American message of unbelievable mendacity. The verb "to bully" is more to the point, for one of this work-team trio has every reason to complain of bullying, and does so.   For me the most vivid association is with the animal. Not for the power or muscle or determination of the bull; instead, because …

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Review: The Great God Pan by Street Corner Arts

Review: The Great God Pan by Street Corner Arts

by Thomas Hallen
Published on April 16, 2015

There's great connection that happens in spite of the real and fabricated social barriers of the story. But there's something about the rhythm of the piece that kept me from settling in.

Contemporary realism is tough in several ways.  There's no immediate recognition of author or title by the typical audience member, issues are often of the moment and touchy, and centuries of dramatic refinement leaves good dialogue a slippery fish to grab.  So kudos to any theatre willing to take the risk and perform pieces which are not tried-and-true.  This alone should get you in the door.  Street Corner Arts has tackled a very contemporary piece, …

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Review: The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog, Street Corner Arts

Review: The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog, Street Corner Arts

by Michael Meigs
Published on April 11, 2015

The Great God Pan absorbs you in the silent everyday dilemmas of seeking a healthy, fulfilled life. Characters' failures could be seen as second-best solutions; some of their successes look like disasters.

The Hyde Park Theatre's a fine and private place, an intimate space to show the quirks and dreams of our contemporary imaginings. Amy Herzog's The Great God Pan, now in production there until April 18, takes that intimacy even further, into the recesses of the psychology and emotional lives of friends and a family that could have been our own.   The set-up is stark and simple. Jamie is a 30-something writer who's just gotten …

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Review: Waiting for Lefty by Street Corner Arts

Review: Waiting for Lefty by Street Corner Arts

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 07, 2014

This isn't history. It's emotional time travel, back to the desperate depths of the mid-1930s when the near collapse of our economic system was grinding up honest working men and their families like hamburger. Street Corner Arts' blistering, riveting production at the Hyde Park Theatre puts the audience directly into a shabby union hall where drivers debate whether to go out on strike for wage hikes. In a series of scenes on that same platform, …

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Review: The North Plan by Street Corner Arts

Review: The North Plan by Street Corner Arts

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 13, 2013

Howls of delight met the finale and  curtain call of The North Plan at the Hyde Park Theatre last night, an ovation more ecstatic and spontaneous than any I’ve heard in my six years of theatre going in Central Texas. Jason Wells’ black comedy about the chaotic breakdown of the United States sometime in the near future is a near perfect dramatic satire set in the jail and sheriff’s office in the mythical backwater town of Lodus, …

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Review: Men of Tortuga by Street Corner Arts

Review: Men of Tortuga by Street Corner Arts

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 07, 2011

After the furious build, playwright Wells' dénouement is less satisfying than everything that went before. But the ride is such an entertaining one that we can forgive him that.

Where is Tortuga and whom are these conspirators targeting?   Tortuga is Spanish for "turtle" and there are Tortugas all over the place.  Lots of islands, for example -- a former pirates' haven off the northern coast of Haiti, an island off Venezuela, others off Costa Rica, in the Gallapagos and down in the Florida Keys.  There's an unincorporated community in California close to the border with Mexico.  My brother, in town for a visit, …

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