Tilly Grimes

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (Ars Nova/PTC): Hmmph

As far as I can tell, this is a satire, although you know you’re on shaky ground when you’re not sure if the play knows it’s a satire.

AN OCTOROON (Wilma): A melodrama, a social commentary, an experience

Beyond being entertaining and thought-provoking, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s AN OCTOROON is an experience

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Bucks County Playhouse): Spelling good times

Take a few awkward adolescents, put them in a competition moderated by awkward adults, toss some words (or some formulation of one) at them, and you’ve got a spelling bee….