Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 & 2 (Harry Potter #8) by J.K.Rowling (2016)
Cursed Child

Theatre | Fantasy
3 Stars
Blurb:

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Continue reading

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Q2Q Comics, Vol. 1

Q2Q Comics, Volume 1 by Steven Younkins (2016)

Q2Q Comics
Comics | Theatre: Comedy
5 stars
Blurb:

An amusing collection of comics that portray the lives of theatre crew members including: Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Costumer, Director, Props Master, Scenic Director, Technical Director, Prop Cat, and La Ropasucia the Theatre Gremlin.

Volume One: “A collection of the first 220 Q2Q Comics all hardbound together in a book! Includes commentary by the author for most of the comics, a collage of the original sketches, a “How to Draw Morty” tutorial, and other assorted goodies.”
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The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson (The Century Cycle #4) by August Wilson (1990)

the piano lesson

Theatre | Drama | Historical Paranormal3.5 StarsBlurb:

“At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family’s prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles’s Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece’s exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real “piano lesson,” reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present.  Continue reading

Deathtrap

Deathtrap: A Thriller in Two Acts by Ira Levin (1978)

deathtrap

Theatre | Comedy | Mystery5-starsMy attempt at a Brief Summary:

Act One. A murder is committed. A play is written about the murder committed. Act Two. A play is written about a murder to be committed. The murder is committed. A play is written about a murder committed over a play about a murder committed based on an actual murder committed.

Tough to describe but it’s a comical thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat caught between laughter and terror!
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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1895)

importance of being earnest

Theatre | Comedy: Farce 4 StarsBlurb:

“Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.  Continue reading

Translations

Translations by Brian Friel (1981)

translations

Theatre | Historical Drama5-starsBlurb:

“The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English. In examining the effects of Continue reading