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Death and the King's Horseman: A Play
A thought-provoking, exciting, and multi-layered play -- it was definitely challenging, though, and I know it would be well worth re-reading; I enjoye ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
The Piano Lesson
Very powerful.
I remember going to see this play for the first time in New Haven a few years back and being so impressed (as always) by the power of W
Jan 2015
Dec 20, 2014
A Streetcar Named Desire
It's crazy that it took me 7 months of living in New Orleans to finally read this one. Also, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by how good it is. I lov ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
It seems weird to give a classic only four stars -- like, "OK Matt, how would you improve this text that has inspired generations of great thinkers?" ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
I quite enjoyed this one and can't wait to see it performed at the first possible opportunity. The fluid relationships and sense of uncertainty runnin ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Gem of the Ocean
I'm a huge fan of August Wilson, and am undertaking a reading of his Century Cycle. This one is a great start to it -- full of the rich and intricate ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
King Henry VI, Part 2
Much political intrigue in this's really startling how purely power-madness drives most of the characters in this play. Other Shakespeare pla ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
The Visit
A strange and enveloping play. It draws you in as it marches onward toward tragedy, with moments of odd humor throughout. It's surreal, for sure, but ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
I think I should have studied this one in a class or something, or at least applied myself more resolutely to reading every interpretative note and re ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
I remembered that I liked this play, but I forgot how powerful it is. Riffing on jazz, race, class, education, and many other topics, this play is one ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
Henry VI, Part 1
I didn't know that Joan of Arc was in this play or...well, actually I knew effectively nothing about this play. It's not as brilliant as many of Shake ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Twelfth Night
Malvolio is one of Shakespeare's funniest characters. I can't wait to direct my students in this play!
Jan 2008
Dec 28, 2007
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