Wednesday night proved a critical success

Block Ice and Propare, Mary Kay, and more

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A handful of new shows opened last night to appreciative audiences. Our critics continue to be highly approving of most everything they're seeing.

Most notably was Erik Friedlander's Block Ice and Propane, a poignant and mesmerizing cello performance set to photographs and movies.

Nick Smith found the unassuming Friedlander's playing to be beautiful:

During the show, Friedlander plays what he feels, using a foot pedal to switch to pictures that fit the music. His original compositions are part folk music, part film score, part abstract emotion. Some suit the black and white photography perfectly; others are more obscure. The musician introduces each of his tunes with an anecdote, an observation or an apology as he retunes his cello.

Over at PURE Theatre's opening of
Speech and Debate
Erica Jackson was mortified to discover how raunchy the language really was, considering we mistakenly gave the show a kids' pick in last week's paper. Leave the kids at home, people.


It's a lot like The Breakfast Club, minus the popular kids. Specifically, it's like the climactic part where they all get angry and yell at each other, then get high and bond over their screwed-up lives. Except it's been updated with more serious and modern issues. (That said, do people even use chat rooms anymore?)

Another returning show is Treeligion, a show that reviewer Signe Pike found to be a jarring experience.

At the end of the day, Deuce Theatre wants to break the barrier between the audience and the artists. If you enjoy somewhat avant-garde theater, or simply want to tickle the edges of your intellectual horizon, you just might find something to worship in Treeligion.

Click here for a full list of today's reviews, and to see what we thought about Cody Rivers, Mary Kay Has a Posse, Discretion, and Daniel MacIvor.

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