October 15, 2012 |
In this year of endless divining of the will of the people, theatergoers might find especially noteworthy the contrarian outlook of playwright Henrik Ibsen, who no doubt would have considered our obsession with majority viewpoints a lot of, um, malarkey. Public opinion, he declares through his touchstone character in "An Enemy of the People," the whistleblower Dr. Thomas Stockmann, veers in the direction of self-interest, regardless of the consequences. "The majority is never right!"
August 14, 2012 |
The home of Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs in Palo Alto, Calif., has been burglarized , the San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday. Police arrested Kariem McFarlin, 35, on suspicion of theft of at least $60,000 worth of " computers and personal items ," according to the Associated Press. According to the report, McFarlin appeared to be unaware of the home's famous inhabitants. He is charged with residential burglary and selling stolen property and is expected to enter a plea Aug. 20. A...
July 19, 2012 |
In the reboot of his notorious monologue , "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," Mike Daisey sounds an alarm that now has a hollow ring. Stripped of its most powerful ingredient — Daisey's firsthand accounts of labor abuses inside a Chinese plant that makes Apple products — the piece, in its return engagement at Woolly Mammoth Theatre , remains a showcase for Daisey's remarkable skills as a raconteur-provocateur. But the necessary excision of details Daisey claimed to...
July 10, 2012 |
On Aug. 4, the performance of "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will be followed by a discussion with Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley whiz Steve Wozniak and the monologue man himself, Mike Daisey. Tickets for the event start at $100. It is the most expensive ticket to see Daisey, ever. That might sound like a lot for a play and a Q&A session, but think of it this way: At the Apple store, $100 gets you basically nowhere, unless you're...
April 12, 2012 |
After helping This American Life sift through the monologue of performer Mike Daisey, NPR Marketplace reporter Rob Schmitz got his own look at the Shenzhen plant of Apple supplier Foxconn in southern China. Schmitz reports that 99 percent of the nearly quarter-million workers at the factory are migrant workers who are earning money for workers back home. Workers, on average, are 18 t0 25 years old. Following the assembly of the iPad through several production lines, Schmitz shows viewers how...
March 28, 2012 |
The only applause line during a 75-minute public forum with Mike Daisey on Tuesday evening at Woolly Mammoth came when the theater's artistic director, Howard Shalwitz, said, "We shouldn't be apologizing for the art that Mike Daisey is capable of. " That was after what seemed like dozens of apologies for the fictions that Daisey had slipped into his billed-as-nonfiction "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. " Even then, the clapping was scattered. Otherwise, the civil crowd filling...