Posts tagged Justin Rodriguez
POST: 'A History of Servitude' - was this a joke or was this really unfolding?

As the play proceeded I found myself in constant confusion and shock as characters switched to reality -- going from their masks to people realizing they were in a play. One of the characters became his actor out of nowhere as he took off his mask and said "Guys I really wanna finish this play but another theatre company called me where I can make more money". It's moments like that I lived for because I sat in genuine confusion... was this a joke or was it really unfolding before me?

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POST: 'The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal' - Drugs, blow up dolls, hormones and raves

The main character was an old guy named Pigeon who trotted around his home carelessly reflecting on his memories. He babbled Elvis songs every five minutes, spoke of his dead mom's teeth which somehow survived a fire, and about how some girl at the Deli spoils him with extra mayo packets and napkins. I thought the stuff had no logic but realized that it wasn't senseless: it was his understanding of the world.

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POST: 'The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World' - could they be muses?

Before I was able to answer this, the play erupted into a parade of whimsical characters, all of whom were actors of color which filled me with joy. But I questioned - what purpose did they serve? Their costumes and clothing were all different and seemed inappropriately happy in the atmosphere of death. 

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POST: 'When Yellow Were The Stars On Earth' - Bravo, Chic combat boots, bravo, heroism.

Me and my brother arrived, sat and gave each other this nervous look as we questioned what the play would hold. Then, the accents me gave a familiar 40's vibe. And one argument in, a few fist throws later and one man getting choked up I decided that, yeah, this is gonna be awesome. Because what else warms you up to a play about war other than violence? #worldwarbrawls

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