I should have such a problem all the time: how to review a show that is just about perfect.View More [NYC] SWEENEY TODD (Lunt-Fontanne): How to review a show that is just about perfect?
And now, “live in consort,” the six wives of Henry VIII: “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.”View More SIX (National Tour): The merry wives of Henry VIII
Well, of course I know they were clapping for the cast and not the characters, but there was something creepy about hundreds of people—some of…View More [NYC] PARADE (Bernard R. Jacobs Theatre): An all too familiar morality lesson
You’ll find much beauty in the vast halls of Convention Center.View More THE PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW: A dilettante at large review
Leave it to Inis Nua, the theater company whose name means “New Island” and is dedicated to producing plays from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.…View More MEET ME AT DAWN (Inis Nua): Mysteries and satisfaction
Toby Zinman looks at three plays now New York stages.View More New York Theater Report: Reviews of PICTURES FROM HOME, ENDGAME, and CORNELIA STREET
Our dilettante at large reviews Academy of Vocal Arts’ South Philly themed production of Donizetti’s comic operaView More DON PASQUALE (AVA): A Dilettante at Large review
In the political news in the past few years, the concern has been not with the lifespan of facts, but the lifespan of liesView More THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT (Lantern): Conveying a larger truth
The Dilettante at Large is at large again, writing about the culture as an enjoyer rather than an expert. Her latest pleasure was Opera Philly’s…View More Carmina Burana + Credo (Opera Philly): A dilettante at large review
Terrific actors playing lovable characters, important issues, snappy dialogue, and plenty of comedyView More CLYDE’S (Arden): All the ingredients are here
A play is about acting as well as the political act of making theater as well as about getting it wrong through cultural appropriationView More KISS (Wilma): What does it mean when someone else is representing you?
Take it from this old broad, Broads, 1812 Productions’ new show, is an entertaining 75 minutes—if you like funny songs and dirty jokes.View More BROADS (1812 Productions): A tip of the hat to the grand old dames of comedy
Benjamin Bagby takes on the role of the scop, the storytellerView More BEOWULF (Benjamin Bagby): A rare theatrical experience
Are you missing those bad hairdos and baggy blue suits of 1969?View More LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (Walnut): Feeling nostalgic?
Adrienne Kennedy’s crushingly beautiful play, Ohio State Murders, is making a long overdue debut on Broadway.View More [NYC] OHIO STATE MURDERS: Still experimental, still challenging, and still exciting controversy
This new musical comedy, a Big Broadway rewrite of the 1959 classic movie, Some Like it Hot, offers fabulosity: huge production numbers, flashy costumes, marvelous…View More [NYC] SOME LIKE IT HOT: Irony-free goodness
The Crucible, has withstood all manner of productions, from starry Broadway to high school drama club, and it will withstand Sarah Ruhl’s crass replay, Becky Nurse of SalemView More [NYC] BECKY NURSE OF SALEM (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center)
Where are the great acts I remembered? The trained cats? the galloping horses? the iron men? the Wheel of Death?View More BIG APPLE CIRCUS: A dilettante at large review
“We are together.” This line is an often-repeated refrain in Death of a Driver, a grim new play by Will Snider presented by InterAct at the Drake’s Proscenium…View More DEATH OF A DRIVER (InterAct): Years pass, roads are built, potholes appear
Q: How do you say schmaltz in French? A: Les Miserables. This long musical melodrama, based on Victor Hugo’s long novelistic melodrama is currently wowing…View More LES MISERABLES (National Tour): How do you say schmaltz in French?