Editor’s Note: New Light Theater Project is presenting two one-act plays by British indie playwright Ross Howard in “The Ross Howard Festival” through Nov. 12. Evening performances for the festival are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 7 and 8:45 p.m. on Saturday; Sunday performances are at 6 and 7:45 p.m. The festival is at the Access Theater (380 Broadway at White Street). Tickets are $15 and may be obtained by calling (630) 632-1459 or visiting NewLightTheaterProject.com.—Edward Karam

Is Now Really the Time?

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Any time theater requires backstory and more research after the curtain drops, it dances a fine line between “Wow, that was interesting. I want to know more” (if you’re lucky) and (more often than not) “What the hell did I just see?” Little Lord is a Brooklyn-based company whose previous works have been praised as … Read more

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The End of Days

A Life
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Written by Adam Bock
Directed by Anne Kaufman

David Hyde Pierce
Marinda Anderson
Brad Heberlee
Nedra McClyde
Lynne McCollough

Adam Bock’s rueful A Life covers both the title and its aftermath. It may borrow from—or perhaps merely echo—other plays, but in 80 minutes Bock conveys the fragility of mortality and the sadness of one person’s death in a deeply affecting way. Structurally, A Life is unusual. It begins with a long monologue, as David Hyde … Read more

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Paris Is Yearning

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Founded in 2006 by director and choreographer Austin McCormick, Company XIV has developed a signature fusion of theater, classical and modern dance, opera, drag, circus, live music, burlesque, and performance art. The title of its latest creation, Paris, is a double entendre of sorts—referring at once to the beloved City of Light as well as … Read more

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Who’s the Fool?

Jessica Weinstein in Jessica Scott’s Ship of Fools at HERE Arts Center. Photograph by Richard Termine.

There are only so many ways to describe the Jessica Scott’s avant-garde Ship of Fools, currently at HERE Arts Center. On the one hand, it is a unique combination of original music, puppetry, video, and live action, yet on the other it comes across as disjointed and meaningless—imagine Disney’s “It’s a Small World” born in the 1960s Haight-Ashbury. … Read more

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Consequences of Our Actions

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Can a trial change history?  What happens when standards of behavior are violated and not brought to public reckoning? The Trial of an American President is a courtroom drama of a trial that will never take place, of legal arguments that will not be made, and finally, of a verdict that will also not happen, except … Read more

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A Classic Comedy Conquest

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Playwright Oliver Goldsmith found fame with his play She Stoops to Conquer in 1773, despite his rather unfashionable social reputation among London’s upper crust. Indeed, Goldsmith made it his life’s work to go against the grain, and She Stoops to Conquer exemplifies his disdain for Sentimental Comedy—a genre that was en vogue in the first part of the 18th century. Those … Read more

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