John Burkland

An Irish Masterpiece Still Shocking: Considering Synge’s PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD

An extended consideration of the new Synge production from Mount Airy’s Quintessence Theatre.

Why Wait? Director Ken Marini talks about Quintessence Theatre’s brilliant WAITING FOR GODOT

Quintessence Theatre’s production of WAITING FOR GODOT just closed. Henrik Eger spoke to the director about his background and his experiences directing Samuel Beckett’s classic.

WAITING FOR GODOT (Quintessence): Really absurd

Quintessence Theatre Group’s WAITING FOR GODOT strikes a balance between humor and pathos, between realism and ridiculousness.

UNCLE VANYA (Quintessence): Tedious boring people

Good productions of Chekhov remind us of how vital his work still can be. Bad productions feed the narrative that his plays are dated, charmless, and inconsequential.

HANSEL AND GRETEL (Quintessence): Cool contemporary spin on Grimm

You don’t have to be ten years old to thoroughly enjoy this production, you just have to retrace the breadcrumbs and remember how to pretend again.