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

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Review | Orlando, from Virginia Woolf’s Novel | Adapted by Sarah Ruhl | Directed by Rebecca Taichman, choreographed by Annie-B Parson, with Annika Boras, Francesca Faridany, David Greenspan, Tom Nelis and Howard Overshown | Classic Stage Company

… another great first act …

The first act of Orlando is a kind of enchantment — like falling in on Prospero’s island.  We are in the 17th Century:  Orlando appears as a swashbuckling young nobleman in a solo sword dance beautifully choreographed by Annie-B Parson.  We go on to follow his adventures, his love adventures, that is — we never see him do much else with the sword.  Much is narrated, with the playwright, Sarah Ruhl, using Virginia Woolf’s words from the novel, which adds to the sense of magical “Once upon a time … “  This is a play about liminality, in gender, in modes of story telling, and in time.  We understand quickly that boundaries are permeable, and everything can change into its other.   It’s a wonderful beginning.   

Review | Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl | North Fork Community Theatre, Mattituck, Long Island

The North Fork Community Theatre, Mattituck, Long Island, is presenting Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl three weekends in November.  “… An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe, a stranger at the next table who’s had enough, a man slumped over his lentil soup send a woman out into the world to discover the paradoxes and mysteries of human individuality — and existence…”  So begins Sarah Ruhl’s at times shocking and other times hilarious comedy-drama about our modern technological obsessions.  Directed by Shawn Snyder, it features a cast of well known East End players Schmoupy Juntunen, Yvonne Korshak, Deborah Marshall, Jim Navarre, Laura Pace and Alan Stewart. 

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