Thursday, August 21, 2008


I don’t know how long it’s been out but, in my attempts to recognize the coverage of theater in other media outlets besides the one that I write for (catch Style’s cover story on Trani’s legacy this week – Style’s still the best place for this kind of thoughtful analysis of local issues), here’s a link to the piece on Stage 1 in Richmond magazine in its September issue, complete with a dashing picture of young Mr. Kniffen.

I believe the stars have aligned to allow me to catch “Shirley Valentine” during its closing weekend – another “better late than never” kind of situation. Why don’t you take a break from the Olympics and go out and see it as well?


Anonymous said...

How nice that Mr. Kniffen, so young, is creating opportunities for both himself and others here in Richmond. The mantra of Stage 1 sounds like a most exciting one, in which we can expect to see a lot of great work. Break a leg, Chase!

I saw "Shirley Valentine" this past weekend, and expectedly, it was quite good. Ms. Steinberg is quite comfortable and convincing in a role that many actresses probably would have been too intimidated by. Well done, and a strong feather in her cap indeed. Very good, transporting production values as well in what can sometimes be a limited space. (The semi-faded, middle class kitchen providing the backdrop for Act I is a real winner.)

Aided by Amy Berlin's direction, the play makes a very accessible case for women of strong countenance (and men, too...or anyone, for that matter) not limiting themselves to how others see them, not living solely for the purpose of affirming others' beliefs about "how we should live," and breaking free of said confines. (As a man in the audience, I nonetheless found myself nodding respectively in acknowledgement during her poignant second-act revelations.)

Anonymous said...

Worth the trip. I made the drive down from DC and thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Steinberg's stellar performance. The story is just as relevant today as it was some 20 odd years ago.... Go see it.

Andrew Hamm said...