Steve Wei

1. MERLIN AND WART, Steve Wei, Andrew Blasenak, photo KStackhouse

MERLIN AND WART (Kevin Stackhouse): Theater in the service of social reform

An intensely disturbing and impactful new play imagines the horrendous neglect and abuse suffered by two severely ill patients at Byberry Mental Hospital on the day of its closing in 1987.

2. Deaon Griffin-Pressley, PhiladelphiaShakespeare_KillWill_1

KILL WILL (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre): 2015 Fringe review 54

Seven actors explain, enact, and parody a series of Shakespeare’s “bloody bits” in this fast, furious, and funny mash-up of The Bard’s iconic death and battle scenes.

Photo by Ashley LaBonde.

WICCANS IN THE HOOD / TRADING RACES (Brainspunk): Let’s talk about race, baby

Brainspunk Theater keeps the conversation on race going with a pair of one-acts by Kansas City writer Michelle T. Johnson, WICCANS IN THE HOOD and TRADING RACES: FROM RODNEY KING TO PAULA DEEN.