The Sweetest Swing in Baseball: Comedy-Drama Skewers Celebrity
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The boundary-breaking company LEVELdance has come up with a cool new way to create their striking theatrical pieces. Instead of starting with the music and choreography as is the custom, co-directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser begin with the lighting design and theatrical elements. Along with their troupe of talented dancers, they're then able to build a site-specific performance unlike any other. They premiered their work one in 2013 at the Athenaeum Theatre and are back with the appropriately titled next. Learn More
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This is one of the better plays I have seen in recent memory. The title is misleading because it is not really about baseball. It is more about trying to succeed about what you love and dealing with criticism.Play has charm, wit and drama, funny...continued
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“[Gilman is] dealing with how we define one another, measure success and failure, raise celebrities up and tear them down, and create different personas to cope with all the craziness of having a public identity. The parallels the playwright draws between the artist and baseball player are always smart and amusing. You might be tempted to leave the theater chanting ‘Gil-man! Gil-man!’” —Boston Globe
Artist Dana Fielding is cracking up. Her latest exhibition is a disaster, her work isn’t selling, her boyfriend is leaving, and her paranoia is spiraling out of control. When she lands in a mental hospital, it’s a chance to rebuild her fragile sanity – until she learns that her cut-rate insurance policy will only cover a ten-day stay. How to buy more time on the inside? Simple: pretend to be someone she’s not – someone famous, someone special. Persuading the professionals that she’s crazy is the easy part. But Dana’s “alter ego” is also a troubled soul. Forced to confront the darker side of fame, rejection, and making a comeback, things take a twist that even she doesn’t anticipate.