Philadelphia Spotlight: February 2011
The Good Lieutenant
If you are looking for a different kind of love story for you and your Valentine visit Temple Theaters, which is presenting Charles Mee's Big Love (February 9-20). An innovative and very physical adaptation of Aeschylus' classic Greek text The Suppliant Women, the story follows 50 brides who are trying to break free of their imposed marriages to 50 horny husbands.
Flashpoint Theatre Company presents Adam Rapp's haunting and beautifully written drama Nocturne (February 2-26). A solo play told from the perspective of a man who as a teenager was involved in the accidental death of his sister, the production stars the accomplished actor Kevin Meehan.
InterAct Theatre Company offers two provocative productions this month with the company's staging of Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig's Lidless and a special engagement of Jennifer Schelter's Love Lessons from Abu Ghraib, both of which occupy the mainstage at The Adrienne through February 13. Commissioned by InterAct in 2009, Lidless tells the story of Alice, an ex- Army interrogator at Guantanamo Bay. Now living in Minnesota with her family, Alice is forced to confront her past when a previous detainee of the prison shows up demanding compensation for the suffering he endured. In the equally compelling Love Lessons, Schelter draws on her experiences as a renowned Yoga teacher to examine the repercussions of torture and the variety of ways to heal a broken body and wounded spirit.
Luna Theater Company concludes their season of controversial plays with the Philadelphia premiere of Sarah Kane's scandalous drama Blasted (February 10-March 5). This extraordinarily violent and shocking play concerns a middle-aged journalist and his encounter with a troubled young woman in a hotel room amidst the violence in Northern England.