by Chris Davis
I'm grumpy. I can only make one show this weekend and there are three I really want to see.
The Hattiloo is working its way through the August Wilson canon, following a spectacular Fences, and a sloppy Piano Lesson with Joe Turner's Come and Gone, the second installment of the playwright's Pittsburgh cycle. Joe Turner looks at life during the "great migration" of the early 20th Century, when African-Americans abandoned the South in vast numbers looking for jobs and a better life in northern industrial cities.
A Delicate Balance, one of my favorite plays by Edward Albee opens on Theatre Memphis' Next Stage this weekend. Albee has been in heavy rotation lately, with productions of The Goat or Who is Sylvia, Seascape, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
I'm probably going to pay a visit to Our Own Voice's Ephemera (You Can't Do that Again), a revival (of sorts) of one of this risk-taking company's most popular creations. The satiric comedy about the Memphis theater community was created to celebrate OOV's 10th season, and has been re-tooled for the 20th. Like the original it will have "music, dance, images, improv and social commentary."
There's also a theater critic named Sivad. I think it's an anagram. And a metaphor.