Author Archives: CharlesBattersby

Lickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens – Review

The problem with the classics is that there’s only so many to go around. Eventually fans of any style of theater will have seen them all. Performers, directors, and producers will run out of old scripts to produce, and they … Continue reading

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Easy Laughter – Review

There’s a fine line between a farcical parody of global politics, and the farcical realities of global politics. In 1990, Director Paul Verhoeven made a film called Total Recall and he thought it would be funny to spoof excessive government scrutiny … Continue reading

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Podcast #1 With Gyda Arber, Jenn Gunnels and Mac Rogers

Charles Battersby of Theater For Nerds interviews Gyda Arber, Jenn Gunnels and Mac Rogers about the intersection of video games and live theater. See these four panelists talk about this issue live at the Games For Change Festival on Wednesday … Continue reading

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R & J & Z -Review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies started a trend. Combine high-brow public domain classics with low-brow popular culture. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Henry VIII: Wolfman, it’s astounding that we haven’t seen Shakespeare in Lovecraft yet. The first time this … Continue reading

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The Temple or Lebensraum – Review

The worst possible place to be when a monster shows up is inside a submarine. Horny teens at a cabin in the woods are lucky compared to the nautical chumps stuck on board a German U-Boat in Nat Cassidy’s play The … Continue reading

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Asymmetric – Review

In the good old days, Generals could enjoy a proper war where both sides were expected to meet on a battlefield and maneuver their troops in a carefully balanced dance of death where each army was composed of similar units … Continue reading

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The Pumpkin Pie Show: Seasick

Every year as Halloween approaches, playwright Clay McCleod Chapman gets together with a gang of actors, draws an unsuspecting audience into a bunker concealed beneath St. Mark’s Place and makes them all laugh… until the screaming starts. This year, he … Continue reading

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Interview with Playwright / Director Roberto Williams

Last month Theater For Nerds reviewed a show that not only chronicled the adventures of Batman, but also the real-life writers and artists who created. him. We spoke with the Roberto Williams, Director and Playwright about Fathers of the Dark … Continue reading

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Deployed: The Musical – Review

The War On Terror has been waged for almost fourteen years, and the theater community is still looking for new ways to address it. Deployed, a new musical in the New York Musical Theater Festival examines the war in Iraq … Continue reading

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Cloned! The Musical – Review

The sci-fi musical is a rare beast, but geeky musicals are getting a little more common each year. The New York Musical Theater Festival has given audiences a few shows that address nerdy themes, including last year’s Re-Animator, and this … Continue reading

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