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The history of passports, smuggling Kentucky Fried Chicken into other countries, and the peculiarities of airline security — it's all covered in this miraculous, one-man saga that unpacks how the mundane details that govern global travel become the actual journey.
17 Border Crossings is a surreal sojourn that transports us to very real places: Hungary, Serbia, Morocco, Colombia, Holland, and Mexico, to name a few. In the deft, mischievous manner of a trickster, Thaddeus Phillips manages to float huge questions that surround the fraught migrations of our era.
With all the childlike curiosity and adult skepticism of monologist Spalding Gray and the theatrical wizardry of a Robert Lepage, Phillips takes audiences by the hand on a trip around the world and shows us that when we cross the imaginary lines that divide the world, the real borders come to light.
"In a living room strewn with vinyl records, beer bottles and drug paraphernalia, a mustached man begins railing about his missing copy of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks album, and it seems he won't back down until the universe bestows upon him some elusive state of grace. Part Gonzo rock performance, part mental breakdown — all thrillingly theatrical— How To Be A Rock Critic pulls the greatest hits from Bangs' own legendary words to imagine a single night of his turbulent life.
Inside his wild, all-night typewriter sessions, Lester Bangs embraced mistakes as strokes of genius, popularized now ubiquitous terms like "Heavy Metal" and "Punk Rock," and died of an overdose at the Biblical age of 33. Join us for an evening with music's great, lost critical voice."
Funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic, Mala focuses on what it means to put our loved ones first — up to the very end — and what happens when we strive to be good but don't always succeed. This powerful one-woman show written by and featuring Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) dances among doctors and urgent 911 calls, a mother's growing frailty, and a daughter's quest for grace — all during one epic Boston winter.
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, becomes the victim of an attack. Through the lens of Mr. Joy's customers, from the bubbly 11-year-old Clarissa (who captured viewers' hearts in Emergency) to the sincere and savvy "gangsta granny" Bessie, audience members learn the profound yet unassuming impact the shop owner has had on others' lives. Mr. Joy: Neighborhood Tour is the work of playwright and ArtsEmerson Artist-in-Residence Daniel Beaty (Emergency).