Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Tag: Jonathan Silverstein

Review | Travels With My Aunt | Based on Graham Greene’s Novel | Adapted by Giles Havergal | Directed by Jonathan Silverstein | Clurman Theatre

… the numinous fluidity of paintings in WW II … 

A stuffy, inhibited 50-year old British banker, Henry, meets up with his mother’s sister, 75-year old Aunt Augusta, at his mother’s funeral and is drawn by her into traveling to far away places and a new view of life with this free-wheeling, libertine, and slightly criminal Aunt.

The first surprise Augusta has up her sleeve is that Henry’s mother, whose ash urn he is clutching, was not really his mother.

Who is his mother?  We know right off the bat.  But it takes Henry the full play to find out.

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Review | The Film Society by Jon Robin Baitz | Directed by Jonathan Silverstein | Keen Company

The Film Society, set in an English boys’ school in Durban, South Africa in 1970 during apartheid, is a fine and intelligent play highlighted, in its Keen Company production, by brilliant acting.

The characters form a close-knit group all intimately associated with Blenheim School.  We meet Jonathon, once a student there, now a teacher with a “film society” as his pet project, trying to watch a film — practically embracing his portable projector in the dark, while the school is roiled in turmoil.  The resident hot-head liberal, Jonathon’s friend and colleague Terry, put in charge of arranging a school celebration, brought in a Black minister to speak.  Now the minister has been arrested for appearing on stage, yes arrested.  And the school’s parents are up-in-arms at this “commie” breach of the walls of what they want to see as a conservative British bastion.

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Review | The Old Boy by A. R. Gurney | Directed by Jonathan Silverstein | Keen Company | Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row

This is a middling play — if you see it you’re not sorry but you don’t need to see it.   Gurney is very talented at engaging the viewer with recognizable character types involved in contemporary topics.  The Old Boy was first produced in 1991. 

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