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Spectacle, Specifically Anti-Spectacle Feb 20, 2015

About ten years ago, I saw one of Richard Maxwell’s plays at PS122 in New York. On the sidewalk after the show, I remember my inscrutable playwriting professor proclaiming that Maxwell was the “East Village David Mamet.” As a fan of Maxwell’s work, I was defensive and dismissed the observation as downtown, back-handed snark. However after seeing The Evening, I’m finally seeing the connection. The Evening plays like Brecht on Quaaludes directing a Mamet short.

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Richard Maxwell materials available for sale this weekend! Feb 19, 2015

Betsey reads Richard Maxwell's Theater For Beginnners to a clearly mesmerized OtB staff. Get your own copy and find out what the fuss is all about. Copies of this book and some of Maxwell's other work will be available for purchase in the lobby over the performance weekend. Bonus: see the show on Friday and have your book signed by Maxwell after the post-show Q&A. 

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"Eating the Heart of Richard Maxwell" - interview with Maxwell at Hazlitt Feb 16, 2015

Naomi Skwarna interviews Richard Maxwell at Hazlitt:

Did acting lack something for you?

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Richard Maxwell and the Paradox of Theatre Feb 13, 2015

Educate yourself: go in-depth with Maxwell's aesthetic with this paper from Theron Schmidt at academia.edu:

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"Three Characters in Search of Jell-O Shots" – The Evening at the Walker Art Center Feb 13, 2015

Jay Gabler at thetangential.com gives his views on the opening of The Evening at the Walker Art Center. Please note that this show is a fluid work and the OtB version may differ from the Walker version:

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Richard Maxwell in BOMB Magazine Feb 11, 2015

Instead of a direct interview, BOMB Magazine's John Kelsey learned a monologue (written by Maxwell) and received direction from Maxwell. Their rehearsal process became the "interview" of Maxwell's aesthetic and directing style. A taste of the rehearsal process:

Rehearsal: Part 1

(John recites the monologue)

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Richard Maxwell in The New Yorker Feb 11, 2015

The New Yorker Magazine profiled Richard Maxwell in 2014, before the premiere of "Isolde" at the Abrons Art Center:

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Richard Maxwell talks theater, archetypes, and audience with Soho Rep director Sarah Benson Feb 11, 2015

Playwrights Richard Maxwell and Sarah Benson talk theater archetypes, death, writing, the creation of "The Evening" and much more on the Walker blog:

Benson:

I know the show has evolved a lot during your process so far. What’s it become?

Maxwell:

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Richard Maxwell's Theater For Beginners Feb 9, 2015

"Around each audition, rehearsal or performance there is an expectation. There is pressure for a display of talent, or 'rightness.' What will you show? How shall you behave, given that that behavior will likely be repeated?

I offer my two cents from the vantage of a person watching, empathically.

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Devotion reviews Mar 11, 2011

Here's what Seattle critics are saying so far about Devotion:

'Devotion' conveys emotion, faith, personal history, and primal love - Alice Kaderlan, Crosscut

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