Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was
A New York Times critic considered the drama "Good Boys and True" by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa dated and standard issue. After seeing it at the Station Theatre, I give it more credit than that. It raises timely as well as long-time issues, particularly in the area of sexual relationships. The play closed Feb. 8. Next up at the Station: Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House."
The old-time Freight Hoppers String Band, who performed Wednesday night at Channing-Murray in Urbana, lacked a strong stage presence but made up for it in musical authenticity. I would have preferred to have heard the four-piece band on a front porch or outdoors, in warm weather. The band Hoppers performed here to benefit the C-U Folk and Roots Festival — Nov. 7 and 8 this year.
Benjie Heu, a professor at Southeast Missouri State University, likes texture and surfaces in his ceramic sculptures. You see evidence of that in "Outlandish Adventures," a one-man exhibition of his work on view through April 1 at the Parkland Art Gallery. The show also features quick drawings by Heu; he spends much more time on his sculptures, which he says are a narrative of a hero's journey.