According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

In The Continuum by Nicholas Linnehan

It is not often that I go see a play and find one that reverberates in my soul. In The Continuum certainly is the exception. Played brilliantly by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter, this show educates its audience about the epidemic of HIV among Black Women and those who live in Africa.

The real beauty in this production lies in its versatility. The actors inhabit many different people throughout the play, allowing the audience to grapple with different perspectives about each main character. The portrayal of each role is profoundly honest, which allows the audience to relate to the human truths of this piece.

Despite the serious nature of this work, the actors provide many wonderful moments where the audience can laugh, which is a necessity due to the heavy nature of the work. Remarkably, In The Continuum educates without pontificating, provokes without being patronizing, and effects you without indulging in needless emotion.

Rated a must see in 2005, this play is a definite one not to miss in 2006.

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