Alyssandra Docherty

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STRANGE TENANTS (Sam Tower + Ensemble): 2017 Fringe review

STRANGE TENANTS is a genre-busting production couched in a classic setting.

Hannah Parke  (Claryssa) and  Nicholas Scheppard (Sebastian). Photo by AustinArt.Org.

MOTH (Azuka): Another teen angst drama

While its opening moments certainly intrigue and amuse, MOTH loses steam as it chugs along.

Kingsley Ibeneche and Sanchel Brown lead the cast of BLACK NATIVITY. (Photo courtesy of Matthew J. Photography)

BLACK NATIVITY (Theatre Horizon): A celebration of human spirit

Ozzie Jones’s production of this updated Langston Hughes play dazzles in just about every way a theater piece can.

Blair Baker stars as Nic in THE HOUR OF ALL THINGS by Caridad Svich. Image courtesy of phillywomenstheatrefest.org:

THE HOUR OF ALL THINGS (Missing Bolts/PWTF): Reflections on political arousal

“What can I do within this world?” ~ Nic, THE HOUR OF ALL THINGS by Caridad Svich In a riveting, nearly odic, 45 minute solo performance, directed by Zac Kline,…

Paul McElwee and Erica Scanlon Harr in Mazeppa’s CLOSER THAN EVER (Photo credit: Kelly Anne Pipe Design and Photography)

CLOSER THAN EVER (Mazeppa): A charming musical exposé of mid-life angst

All songs and no dialogue is the format Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics) and David Shire (score) employ for their popular two-act musical revue now enjoying a top-notch staging by Mazeppa Productions.

Clio (Erica Nicole Rothman, center) with her sister Muses in Mazeppa Productions’ XANADU (Photo credit: Kelly Anne Pipe Photography)

XANADU (Mazeppa Productions): A campy, aMUSEing musical

Zeus has decreed that Muses from Mount Olympus are not allowed to fall in love with mortals – that includes the Muse Clio and a boy from Venice Beach. Therein lies a story of forbidden love, gumption, and sly swipes at certain Hollywood movies — especially XANADU (Universal Pictures, 1980).

Clio (Erica Nicole Rothman, center) with her sister Muses in Mazeppa Productions’ XANADU (Photo credit: Kelly Anne Pipe Photography)

XANADU (Mazeppa Productions): A Flop of a Film, but a Smash of a Show!

Greek mythology meets roller-disco in XANADU, a spirited send-up of American pop culture circa 1980, based on the preposterous movie of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John. Mazeppa’s exuberant production of the award-winning musical-comedy (book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar) delivers an uproarious parody of both disco culture and the cult-classic film.