A Way Forward

For those of you wondering: is this going to be a personal blog now? Here’s the answer: No, note entirely. But also yes. Yes and. In order to write about writing, theater, and the arts in general, I need to show where I’ve come from. The past couple years of my life have drastically changed meContinue reading “A Way Forward”

An (Incomplete) List of Themes and Issues in Frankenstein

I am obsessed with Frankenstein. This is not new. I first read the book in middle school and, though I didn’t understand a lot of it, I fell deep into the rabbit hole of loving Victor Frankenstein’s tragic story and the Creature’s isolation and outsider view. I watched the Universal film from 1931 and itsContinue reading “An (Incomplete) List of Themes and Issues in Frankenstein”

Dear Grace (#metoo)

Dear Grace, I know this is not your real name, but hello. I read the article that was posted about you on Babe.net in which you discuss a situation that happened with Aziz Ansari. I would like to first say I believe you. There are plenty of reporters right now from CNN, the New YorkContinue reading “Dear Grace (#metoo)”

Thoughts on Henry and Alice: Into the Wild

Before I begin this post, I’d like to provide a frame of reference for where I was mentally when I saw this show (I think it’s important, as a reviewer, to be honest about what you’re entering the theater with, as it’s different for everyone). I’d had a long day, starting with helping out atContinue reading “Thoughts on Henry and Alice: Into the Wild”

A Young Playwright on Sam Shepard

It might be the middle of the Minnesota Fringe Festival here in the Twin Cities but I want – no, need – to take a moment to talk about Sam Shepard. I’m still reeling from his death and feeling all the levels of loss at once. Out of the playwrights we’ve lost since I’ve beenContinue reading “A Young Playwright on Sam Shepard”

Juliet: a poem

I’ve decided to play around with content out here and start including writing that’s not limited to reviews or thoughts on shows. As I’m working on the Guthrie’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet as the literary intern, I’ve been thinking a lot about this play. It used to be one of my least favorite,Continue reading “Juliet: a poem”

White Christmas

I find it important to be honest in my reviews, even if I risk being unpopular. While most everything I’ve read about the Ordway’s White Christmas is full of positivity, remarking on its charm and holiday cheer, I had a far different experience with this show. I feel almost embarrassed, like the Grinch about toContinue reading “White Christmas”

Feminist Sensibility

Last night I saw the Guthrie’s performance of Sense and Sensibility. Since I’m a staff member at the theater, I can’t review the show. But I am going to share some thoughts with you that the show and program notes provoked as well as some issues I’ve been juggling around in my mind for some time. ThisContinue reading “Feminist Sensibility”

Music and a Minnesotan Millennial

Today, for a moment, I’m going to deviate slightly from the realm of theater and focus on my relationship with music. This is kind of bio-post and a little odd to share, but it is very relevant to what I do as an artist and something that has been very relevant here recently with my workContinue reading “Music and a Minnesotan Millennial”

The Critic as an Artist

This is the second in a series of posts I’ll be writing on the topic of theater criticism. In this selection, I’ll be looking at Oscar Wilde’s ideas of criticism and how it can become an art form of its own. If you happened to see The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound at the Guthrie thisContinue reading “The Critic as an Artist”