holiday-inn-surflight

Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN (Surflight Theatre): 60-second review

This HOLIDAY INN is very, very impressive for a regional seashore show, in fact it would be impressive anywhere,

(l-r) Jessie Cannizzaro, Jevon McFerrin, Steffanie Leigh, Shay Vawn, Brad Oscar. Photo by Tom Miller

THE GODS OF COMEDY (McCarter Theatre): 60-second review

A charming comedy buried under an avalanche of frenetic activity

Arden Gem of the Ocean

GEM OF THE OCEAN (Arden): A thing of beauty

GEM OF THE OCEAN is about a lot of things, including race, mysticism, and murder.

photo Azuka Theatre (1)

BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS (Azuka Theatre): Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together —Vincent Van Gogh When Bob is born and immediately deserted in a White Castle restaurant bathroom, an employee…

betrayal lantern theater review

Revisiting Pinter’s BETRAYAL: A commentary

An attempt to detangle this nine-scene play that’s designed to move backwards

Angel Sigala & Rita Castagna in BONNIE AND CLYDE.
completeness-theatre-exile-review

COMPLETENESS (Theatre Exile): Algorithms and geek romance

Seduction by examples of computational intractability

Christiani Pitts & King Kong. Photo Joan Marcus

KING KONG (Broadway Theatre): Going ape on Broadway

We like our fantasies to be readily identifiable as such and to be realistic in their details.

long-trouble

LONG TROUBLE (Svaha Theatre Collective): 2018 Fringe review

There’s a lovely simplicity in Elise D’Avella’s staging of the tragic story.

2147-21f5516f7bea5f9ff5649b0a1f4dfc30 (1)

TRUE WEST (Subscension): 2018 Fringe review

This little company has heft and promise. The Fringe has given them the opportunity to launch and they’ve certainly taken advantage of it.

the-presented-chris-davis

THE PRESENTED (Chris Davis): 2018 Fringe review

Chris Davis has come into his own as an exuberant and irresistible Rumpelstiltskin who spins his own life’s straw into gold.

fly-eagles-fly-tribe-of-fools

FLY EAGLES FLY (Tribe of Fools): 2018 Fringe review

With life and football you have to push through it all to get to the joy.

EccentricitiesofaNightingale10_JohannaAustin

ECCENTRICITIES and random notes on Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams slept with my boyfriend’s father. I love saying that at a party.

Songs-of-War_3164

SONGS OF WARS I HAVE SEEN (Heiner Goebbels): 2018 Fringe review

An imaginatively textured musical performance in which music, sounds, and speaking are of a piece

Photo by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios

FUN HOME (Arden Theatre): LOL misery

The Bechdel family has a funeral home (dubbed Fun Home by the kids) and also a not-fun family home.

hope-and-gravity-review

HOPE AND GRAVITY (1812 Productions): “Even the lightest things come crashing back down to earth.”

There are many good comedies out there, but not many where the weight of tragedy crests and wanes beneath the laughter.

IMG_0445

SING THE BODY ELECTRIC (Theatre Exile): Electricity sparks and glows brightly, then sputters

Is there more still left in the playwright’s head that didn’t make it to the stage?

MichaelDoherty DannyRutigliano

THE PRODUCERS (Bristol Riverside): Bialystock & Bloom, mini-Madoffs of the theater world

Mel Brooks’s THE PRODUCERS has gone from Screen Comedy to Musical Comedy to Screen Musical Comedy and back to the stage again.

copenhagen-lantern

COPENHAGEN (Lantern): Observable quantities

I suspect that among the reasons COPENHAGEN has been so successful is that it invites us to believe that we are smarter than we actually are

Baskerville Walnut Street review

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY (Walnut Street): Ken Ludwig’s version turns the story on its head

An ancestral manor, a family curse, a fiend: Ken Ludwig’s version turns this Sherlock Holmes story on its head.