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Blackbeard ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright June 29, 2019

Full disclosure: I am a descendant of Edward Teach aka Edward Thatch aka Blackbeard.

Okay, now that my admission of partiality is out of the way, I can talk about why the world premiere of Blackbeard is a rousing success. First and foremost, Lyricist John Dempsey (Brother Russia, The Witches […]

Richard iii ~ Synetic Theatre

Jordan Wright May 20, 2019

Alex Mills as Richard iii ~ Photo Credit Brittany Diliberto

Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili calls this Richard iii “the most challenging production ever.” That may well be an understatement, because since the company’s inception nearly 20 years ago, they have consistently broken ranks with theatrical stereotypes through […]

Sleepy Hollow ~ Synetic Theater

Jordan Wright October 10, 2018

Warning: This is not your childhood storybook version of Sleepy Hollow. Thanks to Director Paata Tsikurishvili, Washington Irving just got woke. This reimagining foretells a far darker, far cooler, swashbuckling horror story of a headless horseman and his nemesis, Ichabod Crane. Zombie lovers, this one’s for you.

Titus Andronicus ~ Synetic Theatre

Jordan Wright April 28, 2018

Shakespeare’s first play, Titus Andronicus, was written for pure shock value. It’s considered a revenge play and his purpose was to get noticed and to one up his competition. A sort of revenge of the playwright, if you will. It worked. In today’s world, it would probably be categorized […]

The Trial ~ Synetic Theater

Jordan Wright January 22, 2018

Photo Credit: Johnny Shryock

If Director Paata Tsikurishvili hadn’t come out on stage to announce the serious intent of his production of The Trial, I might wonder why he had taken such a divergent approach to Kafka’s dystopian story of one citizen fighting against a totalitarian government. […]