Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Sunday, 15 May 2016
To be honest I have had my fears and doubts about the new Director of the Guthrie Theater Joseph Haj. This season's abundance of light favorites, like Harvey, The Cocoanuts, and even To Kill A Mocking Bird, (yes, I know it deals with serious issues, but let's face it, it is a crowd pleaser) caused me to wonder whether we could expect the high quality of previous Guthrie directors. I feel better now. While I know that some were unhappy with Joe Dowling, the fact that he brought high quality productions to our stage such as Other Desert Cities, Raisin in the Sun, Tribes, The Piano, Happy Days, God of Carnage, Freud's Last Session etc. speaks volumes about his tenure. That being said, the Guthrie's newest play, Trouble in MInd, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton lends me hope for great things to come.
Lest we be too sanguine about the Guthrie's past, the first thing that must be mentioned is the shameful fact (according to the Star Tribune) that Ms. Curtis-Newton is the first female black director to direct on the Guthrie main stage.