Literary NewsSpring 2017

Three Sisters at Northwestern University
May 18-21; Evanston, IL: See MFA candidates stage Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, about Olga, Masha, Irina, their unsavory sister-in-law, and their unrealized dreams. Click here for details.

Shrew at University of Colorado
June 11-Aug. 13; Boulder, CO: The Colorado Shakepeare Festival opens its season with an update of The Taming of the Shrew, about an unwilling bride and her determined husband. The update transforms the setting to 1940s New York and Kate into a plucky veteran pilot from WW II. For more details, click here.

Life of Galileo at Young Vic Theatre
May 6-July 1; London, England: Brendan Cowell stars as Galileo in Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece about the scientist, his students, and his loyalties and apparent betrayals in the face of religious opposition. Click here for details.

Intimate Apparel at Princeton University
May 5-June 4; Princeton, NJ: See Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center. For the plot, read the article on the right. To get tickets, click here. For the Shakespeare & Company summer production of this title, click here.

Intimate Apparel
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All this social history lurks in the background. In the foreground are Esther (played by Rasool Jahan), three women, and two men. First up is Esther's landlady, the outspoken Mrs. Dickerson (Kathryn Hunter-Williams). A couple female customers appear too: black ragtime musician and call girl Mayme (Shanelle Nicole Leonard) and white, rich, love-starved Mrs. Van Buren (Allison Altman). The two men bring “love” into Esther's life: Mr. Marks (Benjamin Curns), an Orthodox Jew, banters casually with Esther about the fine fabrics he sells, the pair handling them with an achingly tender touch reserved for the material (mostly) rather than each other. Meanwhile, Esther exchanges letters with George Armstrong (Myles Bullock), a black Panama Canal worker. (How they manage to write is significant—neither is literate.) Finally George joins Esther in New York. They marry. And her professional dream, involving years of hard-earned money stowed into a quilt, suffers in heartbreaking pursuit of her personal dream to be happily wed. Playgoers peg Esther for a survivor at the end. One suspects that she’ll rally, given her talent for connecting as intimately to a few others as she does to the finely wrought corsets she fashions. For future stagings, see the listings to the left; for a PlayMakers clip, click below.

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