Kevin Meehan

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Theater in Sketch: HIR (Simpatico)

Simpatico Theatre Company’s production of HIR by Taylor Mac challenges audiences to reconsider preconceptions of gender identity

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HIR (Simpatico): We are all everything

Author’s note: Taylor Mac uses “judy” as a gender pronoun. This review reflects Mac’s preference. Taylor Mac’s work is unwieldy and absurdist, challenging and unsettling. These elements often work to…

Carla Belver, Kevin Meehan and Nancy Boykin in JOHN by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker. Running at Arden Theatre Company through February 26. Photo by Mark Garvin.

JOHN (Arden): Things that haunt

There remains something compelling about ghost stories. Annie Baker’s JOHN demonstrates why: our past haunts just as well as any poltergeist.

Susanne Collins and Kevin Meehan are the TWO WALKENS. Photos by Peter Radocaj. Sculpture by Bryan Zanisnik.

TWO WALKENS (Miniature Refrigerator Operator): Finding Christopher Walken, finding us

Meehan and Collins use convincing Christopher Walken impressions in an intriguing look at how the fantasies of popular culture provide escape from our lives while they shape them.

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Meeting the TWO WALKENS: Susanne Collins and Kevin Meehan on their new work

For their debut production, Susanne Collins and Kevin Meehan looked to one of the most iconic actors of contemporary cinema: Christopher Walken.

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War Stories: Interview with Richard Dresser, successful PlayPenn dramatist

To celebrate this year’s conference, Phindie is running interviews with prestigious playwrights who have benefited from their experiences with PlayPenn.

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STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (InterAct): Rattling cages…

Young Jean Lee’s brave societal exploration brings out the issues of privilege among, you guessed it—straight white men.

Photo by Matthew J. Photography

LOBBY HERO (Theatre Horizon): A web of unintended consequences

Kenneth Lonergan’s new play explores the many levels of trust.

The 1990s called; they want their facade back.

What Can The Wilma Do With $10 Million?

A new $10 million in funds includes money for an updated facade, a cafe space, and a 10-member artistic company.

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The mysterious world of film noir is given a new twist as an all-female cast reconfigures the traditionally male crime-detective genre.

Photo by Joanna Austin/AustinArt.org

Diary of a Playwright, part 2: Doug Williams sees MOON CAVE take the stage

Part Two of Douglas Williams backstage diary as the play he wrote finishes rehearsals and opens to audiences.

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MOON CAVE (Azuka Theatre): Eclipse of the mind

Playwright Douglas Williams gives us a view into the life and psyche of a young man haunted by horrific events from his past.

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Diary of a Playwright: Doug Williams tracks his thoughts as he prepares for his first professional production

Douglas Williams has partnered with Phindie to share the playwright’s perspective as a new play is developed, rehearsed, and produced

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Finding art in taking risks: Doug Williams

“I have hated this play sometimes,” says Doug Williams. Strong words, when you’re talking about something you’ve written yourself.

Matteo Scammell as the Beast in the Arden’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Photo credit: Mark Garvin)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Arden): An innovative retelling of a favorite fairytale

Director Whit MacLaughlin employs both live actors and shadow puppets to convey both the darkness and magic of the popular story.

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THE ADULTS (New Paradise Laboratories): Fringe Review 20.2

Whit MacLaughlin is going off the deep end with this one. Are you willing to jump in with him? New Paradise Laboratories’ handsomely crafted, meticulously acted, and totally weird production, is not easily accessible. Nothing much can be taken literally here, and the production doesn’t reward searching for specific meanings as it creates its own tilted world with its own skewed logic.

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Rhrough minimal, absurd dialogue and highly stylized, disjointed movement, the ensemble-devised work evokes the boredom and bad behavior of a privileged vacationing family of film artists and their guests.

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SOLOW FLASH INTERVIEWS 2014, EPISODE SEVEN: KEVIN MEEHAN, AMELIA CHARTER & ELIZABETH WHITNEY

SoLow is about play.

There are some plays in it.

There are some . . . things . . . in it which are not plays.

But, SoLow is about reducing the boring stuff—the stages and lobbies and tickets and grants and endless marketing strategies—which stands between the artist and the audience, so that everyone can play.

To give you a clearer picture of what’s being played around with, freelance writer/performer Julius Ferraro conducts a series of flash interviews of our artists.

Keith J. Conallan in DON JUAN COMES HOME FROM IRAQ, Wilma Theatre, photo by Alexander Iziliaev

DON JUAN COMES HOME FROM IRAQ (Wilma): A Disparate Jigsaw

Call it Don Juan or Don Giovanni, the Don Juan story, handed down through time, is pre-loaded with a mix of serious and comic elements and a supernatural dimension. DON JUAN COMES HOME FROM IRAQ, from theater luminaries Paula Vogel (playwright) and Banka Zizka (director), has the gravitas down and doesn’t lose sight of humor, but extra pieces lodge within this puzzle’s slippery treatment of time and reality.

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WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT (InterAct): Are You Black Enough?

Drury’s funny, traumatic, inventive and timely play will stab at you, personally, at least once. She asks whether it is important that a story be told, or if it is more important that it be told in a certain way. She uses the events in Namibia to illustrate the cracks in our own culture, the divides caused by racial issues even among a group of people who would probably all vote for the same candidate..