• Pride And Prejudice At Kentucky Shakespeare – A Review

    Pride And Prejudice At Kentucky Shakespeare – A Review

    Pride And Prejudice At Kentucky Shakespeare Jane Austen purists may be horrified by Kate Hamill’s rollicking, anything-for-a-laugh 2017 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. They would be well advised to put their high standards aside for an evening and enjoy the often hilarious romp being presented by Kentucky Shakespeare in the commodious Bombard Theater in downtown […]

  • Christmas In Connecticut At Goodspeed Opera House

    Christmas In Connecticut At Goodspeed Opera House

    Christmas in Connecticut at Goodspeed Opera House Christmas in Connecticut, the 1945 Warner brothers film, is a sappy, sentimental, but nonetheless highly enjoyable rom-com (to use a turn of phrase not yet then coined). Its success is due largely to the chemistry between stars Barbara Stanwyck and the now largely forgotten Dennis Morgan. The film […]

  • The Brightest Thing In The World At Yale Rep

    The Brightest Thing In The World At Yale Rep

    The Brightest Thing In The World At Yale Rep As Leah Nanako Winkler’s The Brightest Thing in the World opens, two attractive young women, Steph (Michele Selene Ang) and Lane (Katherine Romans), meet cute in a Lexington, Kentucky, coffee shop. And meet. And meet. And meet. Over the course of Steph’s repeated visits (cleverly staged […]

  • Kimberly Akimbo on Broadway – A Review

    Kimberly Akimbo on Broadway – A Review

    Kimberly Akimbo on Broadway Kimberly Akimbo may be the weirdest show to ever worm its way into the hearts of a Broadway audience. But that is precisely what this musical by David Lindsay-Abaire (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music) is doing at New York’s Booth Theatre. Kimberly is a high school student of fifteen, […]

  • Choir Boy at Yale Rep

    Choir Boy at Yale Rep

    March 31 – April 23, 2022 Yale University has a long and distinguished vocal tradition. There are the undergraduate Whiffenpoofs, of course, and the School of Music confers advanced degrees in choral conducting. So it’s perhaps not too surprising to find that Choir Boy features one of the greatest small male choral groups you’ve ever […]

  • Dream Hou$e at Long Wharf Theatre

    Dream Hou$e at Long Wharf Theatre

    Dream Hou$e at Long Wharf Theatre Playwright Eliana Pipes has furnished her new play Dream Hou$e (as it is styled in the program) with an abundance of themes in a variety of styles. The overall effect is striking but cluttered. The Castillo sisters are trying to sell their recently deceased mother’s century-old house in a […]

  • I Am My Own Wife at Long Wharf Theatre

    I Am My Own Wife at Long Wharf Theatre

    I Am My Own Wife at Long Wharf Theatre         The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, is giving Doug Wright’s Pulitzer prize-winning one-person play, I Am My Own Wife, a respectful if ultimately disappointing revival starring a very talented young actor, Mason Alexander Park. The play revolves around a real-life German transgender woman […]

  • London Assurance at The Irish Rep – A Review

    London Assurance at The Irish Rep – A Review

    London Assurance at The Irish Rep – A Review After the deaths of Richard Sheridan (School for Scandal) and Oliver Goldsmith (She Stoops To Conquer), the English-speaking stage seems to have lain fallow until the emergence in the late nineteenth century of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, at least when viewed from our contemporary […]

  • My Name Is Lucy Barton on Broadway

    My Name Is Lucy Barton on Broadway

    My Name Is Lucy Barton on Broadway “LAURA LINNEY IS LUMINOUS” a sign outside Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater announces. If only the same could be said of My Name Is Lucy Barton. This one-woman show, which I am compelled to report, received rapturous reviews from the New York critics, is an adaptation, by Rona […]

  • Tootsie on Broadway – A Review

    Tootsie on Broadway – A Review

    Tootsie on Broadway Tootsie, currently playing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, is a musical comedy that’s strong on the comedy and surprisingly weak on the musical side of the equation. Based on the 1982 film starring Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie tells the tale of Michael Dorsey (Santino Fontana), a forty-ish actor who, secure in his superior artistic […]

  • Angels in America’at KC Rep – A Review

    Angels in America’at KC Rep – A Review

    Angels in America at KC Rep Tony Kushner’s two-part Angels in America is receiving a sturdy revival at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s downtown Copaken Stage. This sprawling two-part epic, subtitled A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is at turns surreal, whimsical, hallucinatory, bitchily funny, poetic, brutally blunt, and ultimately quite moving. 

  • A Review: Psst! Feelthy Acrobats — Absinthe in Las Vegas

    A Review: Psst! Feelthy Acrobats — Absinthe in Las Vegas

    Absinthe in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS, NV – Everyone loves acrobats but not everyone will have a tolerance for the non-stop, filthy, vile, obscene, and often very funny patter that accompanies them in this sui generis offering on the Vegas Strip. Absinthe is housed in what looks like a temporary storage shed in a courtyard […]

  • A Review: ‘Love,’ Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles Show at the Mirage, Las Vegas

    A Review: ‘Love,’ Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles Show at the Mirage, Las Vegas

    ‘Love,’ Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles Show LAS VEGAS, NV – I entered with high expectations but, alas, I found myself merely in like with Love, Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show. Cirque du Soleil’s high-powered homage to the Fab Four is chock full of Cirque’s trademark glitz and over-the-top surreal creativity but oddly lacking in the […]

  • Craving For Travel Off Broadway: A Review

    Craving For Travel Off Broadway: A Review

    Craving For Travel Off Broadway There are plenty of laughs for everyone in Craving For Travel, the delightful comedy at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on New York’s Theater Row, but travel agents will take special delight in the savvy inside jokes that lay bare the hidden aspects of the profession. Co-writers Greg Edwards and […]

  • Richard III and Twelfth Night on Broadway: A Review

    Richard III and Twelfth Night on Broadway: A Review

    Richard III and Twelfth Night on Broadway At the Belasco Theatre, New Yorkers are being treated to an all-too-rare opportunity to see William Shakespeare’s Richard III and Twelfth Night performed under the “original practices” rubric favored at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London. All costumes are authentically Elizabethan, meaning no zippers, no Velcro, no artificial […]

  • The Nance On Broadway, A Review

    The Nance On Broadway Broadway used to be awash in larger than life comic talent – Danny Kaye, Phil Silvers, Zero Mostel, the list goes on. Today we have Nathan Lane in The Nance on Broadway and we should be grateful we do. Mr. Lane’s considerable talents are being lavished on The Nance at Broadway’s […]

  • One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway, A Review

    One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway, A Review

    One Man, Two Guvnors One Man, Two Guvnors, currently packing them in at the Music Box, is billed as “based on” The Servant of Two Masters by Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni. But this show, fresh from a sold out run at London’s National Theatre, is not so much an adaptation of Goldoni’s work as it is a […]

  • Jerusalem on Broadway, a Review

    Jerusalem on Broadway, a Review

    Rylance is an actor of astonishing idiosyncrasy, as anyone who saw him in Boeing, Boeing, or La Bete, or as Richard II at the Globe will readily appreciate. Rylance’s hallmark is making choices no other actor would dream of and, improbably, making them work beautifully. Ironically his larger than life Rooster Byron is his most straightforward interpretation in years. Mark Rylance quite simply is Rooster Byron. His embodiment is so complete that it leaves no room for reinterpretation. It is hard to imagine the play being mounted without him.

  • Virginia Woolf at Arena Stage, Washington, DC

    Virginia Woolf at Arena Stage, Washington, DC

    What the play has going for it, of course, are its protagonists, George and Martha, who let us wallow in the voyeuristic schadenfreude of watching a relationship far more dysfunctional than any of ours could possibly be. Albee certainly knew how to create powerful moments. It is also an opportunity for first-rate actors (if you’re lucky enough to have them) to pull out all the stops and really chew the scenery.

  • La Bete on Broadway, a Review

    La Bete on Broadway, a Review

    Written in rhyming couplets in the manner of Moliere, set in Moliere’s France, and dealing with the sort of cultural hypocrisies that were Moliere’s bread and butter, Hirson’s play seems uncannily of the moment nearly twenty years on, with much to tell us about the current debased state of our entertainment culture. (Are you reading this Snooki?) Perhaps that is the definition of great dramatic art.