Tag: critique

  • Todd Cardin at E3T

    The latest installment of the E3T reading series dropped on Tuesday night at Plays and Players, and there was much rejoicing.  Playwright Todd Cardin provided us with Getting the Knack, which is a coming-of-age story (sort of), set in the 1980s, in which the band The Knack plays an instrumental role during a young man’s eighteenth…

  • Fran Wilde rocks Bryn Mawr! Insert “Wilde” pun here!

    So, instead of posting this last week, I took my Dad to see Captain America.  You wouldn’t think that would take all week, especially since we did it on Saturday, but I spent several days actively avoiding reviews and spoilers, followed by the process of simply getting my head into the correct space.  I mean, a new…

  • Sam’s Salon, July 2015

    So, this blog entry is a little late, but last month, I was hosted yet again by the gentle ministrations of Sam Barrett’s salon.  It’s been over a year since I’ve last heard anyone read my latest play, Circles Circles Circles Circles Circles, and in that time, I’ve complete rewritten the second act.  I don’t…

  • Don’t go into Lindsay’s barn

    Okay, so my good friend and fellow playwright, Lindsay Harris Friel, had a living room reading in her parents’ home.  The reasons for this are shrouded in mystery and duplicity, but it matters little, as it was a gorgeous, old, refurbished farmhouse on several acres of suburban steppe.  There’s a barn on the property, too,…

  • The naming of playwrights

    Happy 2015, everybody.  I’m not a huge proponent of new years’ resolutions, but I’m pleased as punch to begin my second year of blogging about playwriting, novel writing, and the Philadelphia theater scene in general. Last week, Sam McKinlay rang in a new year of living room readings with a screenplay by local writer, Kathy…

  • Living room salon, September 2014

    It’s that time again, when a young man’s fancy turns from a war-and-disease-plagued world toward a living room full of theater and booze.  Sam Barrett opened her house for yet another evening of informal play reading.  The target for our love and derision was Alex Dremann, who’s been my friend and colleague since way back in…

  • The living room reading, revisited

    So, last weekend, it was my turn to face the gauntlet.  That’s me, standing next to salon-owner Sam Barrett, and when I say “salon,” I of course mean her living room, well-appointed with wine and vodka.  I can’t explain that expression on her face, except perhaps to suggest that she suffers from a neurotic and justifiable…

  • Celebrate the living room critique

    Playwrights should get readings at all costs.  Without them, you’re blind; you simply don’t know what you have until an audience responds to it.  It’s even been said that if you can’t get a reading in a theater or a school or a writing circle, you should invite people into your living room, pass out…