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CATF 2015: Johnna Adams’ ‘World Builders’ takes the prize

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, July 23, 2015 – Last but not least, we review the world premiere of Johnna Adams’ intimate and provocative new play, “World Builders.” Subtitled “A Love Story,” we’d agree that it certainly is. Except that it’s not the kind of love story most of us would ever imagine. Adams’ new drama is ...

CATF’s ‘The Full Catastrophe’; or, marriage à la mode

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, July 22, 2015 – The Contemporary American Theater Festival tends to choose dramas that focus on serious things, and that’s appropriate, given that in American culture these days, the certain certainties seem to have gone away. But there’s a ray of comic hope in CATF’s 2015 edition, and it’s called, oddly enough, ...

CATF’s ‘Everything You Touch’: The darker side of fashion

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, July 19, 2015 – To the average American the world of fashion often comes across as an extended freak show. Televised clips of garments being newly debuted on glamorous runway fashion shows tend to run a gauntlet, featuring items either un-wearable or bizarre, most of which are draped around anorexic female models ...

CATF’s ‘We Are Pussy Riot’: Politics, prose and chaos

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2015 – Somewhat like CATF’s controversial 2007 production of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie,” the 2015 world premiere production of Barbara Hammond’s “We Are Pussy Riot” may unintentionally raise a barrier for those members of the audience not on top of the latest international pop entertainment happenings or recent international political scandals. ...