Art, Empathy and Everyday Life in Gentle Comedy Body Awareness
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The last date listed for Body Awareness was Saturday November 20, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Assassins, turn their attention to the westernization of Japan. This challenging period in Japanese history is told through the story of two friends caught in the inevitable winds of change. Mixing elements of Kabuki theater with the conventions of the Broadway musical, this is one of Sondheim's lesser known works, and a chance to see it performed is a treat. Pacific Overtures is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its third year. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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Awful! Like a high school play run by Junior High School Kids -- Maybe in Providence? Offensive!
Vulgar, Boring, Dragged On and On..........Would have left at intermission if they had one! One hour and 45 minutes too much! Painful! Wasted Time, Tickets, Parking, etc!
Why did they produce this play? Who wants to watch Lesbians cut their toe nails and perform all kids of personal acts? Same ole Feminists ... angry and frumpy! T
Can't believe the Calderwood Pavilion actually decided to produce this! There goes my annual donation!! Taking risks with poor writing, vulgar language belongs in a college campus in California --- maybe an "alternative high school!" Congrats; you alienated your audience, no matter how grown up and liberal they all want to be!!
Why is the Snack bar closed at 9:30? Couldn't even get a drink of water after being held hostage for 2 hours---especially with no intermission!
Quotes & Highlights
- Read about Annie Baker’s trilogy of Shirley, VT plays.
- Read an interview with Annie Baker.
- "[Body Awareness offers] much more than just laughs. [It’s] the deepest and richest of the Shirley, VT plays, and features a quartet of outstanding performers” --Boston Globe
- “[Playwright Annie] Baker should thank SpeakEasy Stage Company for what they have done with her play… Four flawless performances make this such a delight… Even in the world of live theater, this kind of synchronistic magic is a rare treat to behold.” --Boston Metro
- “Body Awareness is the most conventional of the Shirley, VT plays, and the most overtly entertaining” --Boston Phoenix
"Body Awareness Week" on a Vermont college campus is the setting for this smart and touching new comedy about ordinary people grasping for connection. When Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner Joyce agree to house one of the event's guest artists, a controversial photographer famous for his female nudes, a firestorm erupts that could break apart their nontraditional family.
Annie Baker grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), The End of the Middle Ages (commission for Soho Rep) and Nocturama Her work has also been developed and produced at the Bush Theatre in London, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Soho Rep, the Orchard Project, the Ontological-Hysteric, Ars Nova, the Huntington, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Theatre Artaud, the Magic Theater, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah and Ucross, Wyoming. Annie is a member of New Dramatists, MCC's Playwrights Coalition and EST, and an alumna of Youngblood, Ars Nova's Play Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and commissions from Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons. MFA, Mac Wellman's playwriting program at Brooklyn College.
About the Ticket Supplier: SpeakEasy Stage
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