Clarence Brown Theatre Presents King Charles III

Clarence Brown Theatre’s current production, which opened last night, explores a circumstance which many who follow the British monarchy have long imagined: How might a reign by Prince Charles take shape. When Queen Elizabeth dies and Charles, presumably assumes the throne, how will he be viewed? Will he remain a ceremonial figure like recent Queens […]

Santaland Diaries Plays Around the Darkness on the Edge of Christmas

Christmas is all lightness and joy, right? Good will to men (and presumably these days, women). Joy to the Earth. Santa is coming and all is well. He may be checking his list, but we’ll get a pass and a big pile of presents in the end, right? Right? Well, meet Crumpet, the focal elf […]

Alias Grace Offers a Chilling Glimpse Into Our Darker Psyche

Clarence Brown Theatre offers a full season, each year, of excellent theatrical productions. A season ticket is a well warranted purchase. That said, the productions at the smaller sister Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre are often more intense, more engaging and provocative. Often presenting newer productions with challenging themes, the latest production, Alias Grace, is certainly […]

The Strangers Pushes Every Boundary, Explores Every Heart: An Interview with Playwright Christopher Oscar Pena

What is the meaning of “home?” Do we ever feel completely loved? Can a relationship make us feel “whole?” How do each of us fit into a swiftly changing world that keeps our place in that world in a constant state of flux? Playwright Christopher Oscar Peña told me that he was given the freedom […]

A Challenging Tale, “Alabama Story,” Opens at the Clarence Brown Theatre

While Alabama Story (currently being staged by Clarence Brown Theatre) playwright Kenneth Jones refers to the setting for his play as the “deep south of the imagination,” for those of us familiar with the deep south – and particularly a deep south of an earlier era, the setting could not be more realistic. The play itself, in […]