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Smack in the middle of Erin Courtney’s “A Map of Virtue,” a delicate one-act meditation about chance meetings and the currents that guide our lives, lies a psychodrama of Hitchcockian proportions. It’s the surreal journey leading up to and returning from that dark and disturbing center that makes this Obie Award-winning play so thought-provoking. And it’s convergence-continuum’s mishandling of this that makes its production so mind-numbing.
I guess I’m old fashioned. I prefer a play that, when it is over, I have some idea of what went on and take from it either having experienced a good laugh, a bit of real intrigue, a message, or a moral. Sorry, philosophically abstract gibberish, and a plot in search of a purpose, isn’t my thing. If it’s yours, you’ll really be turned on by “A Map of Virtue.’
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
For all you pseudo-intellectuals out there wanting to impress someone, this is a great show to see and discuss for hours over wine coolers at some hip and happening saloon. For the rest of us “normal” theater patrons, it is a play that makes no sense whatsoever and probably never will. For me it showed how far the pendulum can swing away from relevant theater.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
This bird-centric play by Erin Courtney is often lyrical, chilling and ambitious. And even though it isn't entirely successful, that's no reason to demean it through "cheep" wordplay.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review in Cleveland Scene here.
This, like so many of the Con-Con shows, sounds like a dream when one attempts to describe it. An Obie award winner, "A Map of Virtue" starts with two people in a chance encounter, later they are held captive by wierdos, and finally their relationship is deconstructed and reconciled. The promised "part comedy" never emerges, but like most Con-Con fare, there is a lot to "unwrap" in post-performance thinking.
Click here to read the complete review at WestLife