LA Times Review: Wooster Group turns Texas inmates’ songs into the stirring theater of ‘The B-Side’

By Charles McNulty
The Wooster Group has developed such a signature multimedia aesthetic over the decades that it’s refreshing to see this veteran avant-garde troupe willing to take a break from its playfully hermetic tradition and give straightforwardness a shot. Yet this being the Wooster Group, straightforwardness is not quite as straightforward as it appears.
“The B-Side: ‘Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons,’ A Record Album Interpretation,” which runs through Sunday at REDCAT, begins helpfully and somewhat uncharacteristically with an introduction.
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Coming This Spring 2019

The Wooster Group’s production of The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation, Featuring Eric Berryman and Directed by Kate Valk; and Wayward Productions’ Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, adapted and directed by Enda Walsh, and starring Cillian Murphy.

RESOURCE CENTER: Learn what you can do to help

Visit the Resource Center to learn about organizations in our community working to improve the lives of immigrants, as well as ways you can support refugees.

Money raised from audiences of The Jungle will support refugees in Calais, Brooklyn and across the world.

Acclaimed ‘Oklahoma!’ Going to Broadway!

An intimately staged and darkly revisionist revival of “Oklahoma!” that enjoyed a critically acclaimed and sold-out Off Broadway run will transfer to Broadway this season.

The production, which originated in 2015 at Bard College’s SummerScapefestival and then was staged this fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, will begin previews on March 19 and open on April 7 at Circle in the Square, which is the only theater-in-the-round on Broadway.

Set in Indian Territory in the early 20th century, just before Oklahoma became a state, the influential Rodgers and Hammerstein musical depicts a love triangle unfolding against the backdrop of a transforming nation.

The new production, at once joyful and menacing, is directed by the experimental theater veteran Daniel Fish and features countrified arrangements of the classic score performed by a small onstage band.
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