To conceptualize Godspell around a narrative is to do the play an injustice. Sure, audiences will see a modern retelling of events from the Gospel of Matthew and the parables Jesus taught the disciples before his death. And while it’s set on a playground to a rock-ballad soundtrack, to understand what Godspell accomplishes, one must acknowledge the parts of theater that go beyond music and recitation of lines from a script.
What audiences will experience is in one sense intangible but will nevertheless leave them enthralled as witnesses to the birth of a community. Don’t miss this exhilarating live performance that’s thanks to the efforts of two Waco theater groups: Silent House Theatre Company and Waco Civic Theatre.
Godspell runs through Saturday, August 27, at the Waco Civic Theatre. Performances begin at 7:30 pm each night with an additional 2:30 pm matinee on Saturday.
Four people sit on stage, divided between two couches. They are two couples meeting for the first time to discuss a playground altercation that took place between their sons. The audience will remain with them in the apartment for the next hour and a half: one act with no asides, no scene changes, no breaks, but lots of liquor and chaos. Witness a conversation that shatters the veneer of pleasantries we all conform to and, with plenty of humor, exposes the ugliness we so often keep tucked away.
This is Silent House Theatre Company’s latest production, God of Carnage, the Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza. It premiered at McLennan Community College’s Music & Theatre Arts building last week and concludes its two-week run this weekend with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm. So don’t miss your chance to witness a demolition derby of emotion and social commentary.
If you attended high school in the US, you probably read Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. But let’s face it, you likely forgot about it not long after, except perhaps for a lingering memory that someone in the play saw someone else with the devil, and things got a little crazy.
And sure, while you may not have seen The Crucible performed, you might also remember it was Miller’s ‘50s-era response to McCarthyism and the persecution of artists and free thinkers under the guise of rooting out communism. And you likely recall, even from the text, the sense of looming catastrophe and rising panic Miller conjured.
Now you have a chance to catch the final weekend of Silent House Theatre’s production of The Crucible and experience the palpable terror, tragedy, and tumult of a literal and figurative witch hunt. It won’t be a comfortable performance, but then, that’s the point.
Sure, Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” but that’s easier said than done if you’re not an ancient philosopher with a big brain. What about the lives of those who are younger, lack the skills of self-reflection, and are as much at war with themselves as they are with the world?
Silent House Theatre Company tackles these issues in its new production, This Is Our Youth, from February 4–6 at McLennan Community College’s Black Box Theatre.
The theater house lights go down, the curtain on the stage opens, and a figure appears. With collective anticipation, audience members lean imperceptibly forward in their seats and ask themselves, “What will happen next?”
Thanks to the newly formed Silent House Theatre Company, Waco has yet another option for live theater.