Every week, I’ve been doing a deep dive into cultural issues, usually theater-related, that are bothering me or that deserve a second look. But who needs another thinkpiece, right?
I host two weekly programs on my theater company’s Faceboook page (Facebook.com/EpicTheatreCo) where I ask guests what has been keeping them creatively engaged or excited, and I thought I could put together some of the movies, television shows, books and music we discuss.
I’ll do this at the beginning of every month (until we’re out of … this), and hopefully it’ll keep you busy as we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
So, here’s what I enjoyed in the month of April:
The Last Blockbuster (Streaming on Netflix)
Bad Trip (Streaming on Netflix)
Tina (Streaming on HBO Max)
All Creatures Great and Small
Sasquatch (Streaming on Hulu)
Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
Peaces, by Helen Oyeyemi
100 Boyfriends, by Brontez Purnell
Today We’re the Greatest, Middle Kids
OK, Orchestra, AJR
Our Country, Miko Marks & The ResurrectorsMusic, Benny Sings
Six Cover Songs, Wild Pink
Californian Soil, London Grammar
Flu Game, AJ Tracy
Best Streaming Theater of the Month
The Belle of Amherst — Granite Theatre in Westerly chose a perfect show for the digital form in William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst. The one-woman show all about the enigmatic Emily Dickinson was smartly directed by Paula Glen and featured a must-see performance from Steph Rodger. I didn’t review it for this magazine because I’m friendly with all involved, but since this is a space where I can laud my favorites unapologetically, I’ll take this opportunity to say that my very talented friends knocked it out of the park.