Reading theater reviews in the New York Times, you often find yourself suffering intense pangs of envy for those friends living there. You'll never see this fiercely confrontational drama or that hilarious but profound comedy, you think wistfully. Everything exciting is going on miles and miles away.
But year after year, Curious Theatre Company soothes those pangs by bringing in some of the most intriguing contemporary playwrights around -- including those you've seen so lavishly lauded in the Times. The 2013-2014 season is no exception.
Amy Herzog, who won an Obie last year for 4000 Miles and whose After the Revolution depicts the dynamics among a family of dyed-in-the-wool leftists and the ways in which their beliefs and relationships shift over time? Check. After the Revolution is coming to Curious. The Whipping Man, a play by Matthew Lopez in which two slaves sit down for a Passover celebration with their former master after the Civil War? Check again.
Curious also renews its relationship with the smartly cunning and always-interesting Steven Dietz this year, bringing his Rancho Mirage to the stage. And there's Good People, by David Lindsay-Abaire, who--after a spate of hilarious and absurdist comedies like Fuddy Meers (also seen at Curious several seasons ago)--broke our hearts more recently with Rabbit Hole. His Good People concerns a single mother hoping for help of some kind from an old boyfriend--a boyfriend who now inhabits a different world entirely in terms of money and class.
David Ives's Venus in Fur, described by the almighty Times as a "spooky sex comedy" ends the season--a season for which we strongly suggest buying tickets. Visit Curious online for more information.
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