Obvious

I had been wanting to see Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942) for some time when I finally stopped at the Art Institute of Chicago. I made my way to the back and then up the stairs where I found this painting. I stood before it, gazing and wondering, intrigued by the missing doorways and interpersonal spaces, as well as the setting, colors, and light. Once I had my fill, I left the gallery and wandered toward the stairs when my eye snagged on another painting. Continue reading “Obvious”

Not My Mother

Some critics are trying to imbue mother! with significance, but these critics seem to disagree on what this significance is.

Mother! is the new movie written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, who also directed The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010). In his latest movie, a blocked poet (Javier Bardem) and his unnamed wife (Jennifer Lawrence) live in his home that she has been restoring after a destructive fire. A dying doctor (Ed Harris) and later his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their sons appear, and their fight over a revised will is the beginning of a narrative disintegration that is inexplicably, and unsatisfyingly, explained in the final scenes.

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New American Plays In Chicago

I am excited to learn that two selections for the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays will be produced in Chicago soon.

One is We’re Gonna Be Okay by Basil Kreimendahl at American Theater Company from 25 January to 04 March 2018. The other is Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler at Northlight Theatre from 10 May to 17 June 2018.

I’m still awaiting my favorite 41st Festival play — Airness by Chelsea Marcantel — which was one of my most joy-filled evenings in a theater. This play apparently appealed to others, so perhaps I will see it again in Chicago soon.