The wall of the F. Otto Haas Stage features pictures of targets and X’s for murdered presidents. Starting with John Wilkes Booth’s killing of Abraham…View More ASSASSINS (Arden): A celebration of psychopaths
The Bechdel family has a funeral home (dubbed Fun Home by the kids) and also a not-fun family home.View More FUN HOME (Arden Theatre): LOL misery
Naughty and nice collide in TOUCHTONES, a musical fantasy in world premiere at the Arden.View More TOUCHTONES (Arden): This must be a bad connection
Another take on the Arden’s GYPSYView More GYPSY (Arden): A self-aware musical
Martello shines in an otherwise confused production of this classic musical.View More GYPSY (Arden Theatre): Mary’s turn
A superb cast and creative artistic design bring the story of traumatic loss and joyful renewal to life in the haunting musical adaptation of a Victorian classic.View More THE SECRET GARDEN (Arden): Captivating mystery and haunting artistry
Excerpted from NealsPaper.com by kind permission. Stephen Sondheim’s musical PASSION comes to a pivotal point at which a young soldier, Giorgio (Ben Michael), suddenly becomes deeply…View More PASSION (Arden): Pretty anticlimactic
Cline is a natural subject for the theater. Although the sad facts of Patsy’s marriage and difficult personal life are alluded to, ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE is more about a relationship a star was able to form with a fan than a full biography of the singer.View More ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE (Bristol Riverside): Sweet dreams of a country superstar
The family friendly holiday panto takes a wacky look at the growing pains of the future King Arthur as he faces the challenges of life, learning, and leadership.View More ARTHUR AND THE TALE OF THE RED DRAGON: A MUSICAL PANTO (People’s Light): Coming of age in the Middle Ages
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).View More XANADU (Mazeppa Productions): A campy, aMUSEing musical
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.View More XANADU (Mazeppa Productions): A Flop of a Film, but a Smash of a Show!
The outlandish parody of the horror and sci-fi genres, now in production at Bristol Riverside Theatre, still elicits laughs and gasps from appreciative audiences and delights with a score of period-style rock, Motown, and doo-wop numbers. BRT’s show, directed with spot-on timing by Susan D. Atkinson, embraces all the retro-camp in the story of Seymour KrelbornView More LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Bristol Riverside Theatre): Don’t Feed the Plants!
In celebration of its tenth anniversary season of wintertime pantos People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern is presenting a remount of CINDERELLA, its most acclaimed panto to date.View More CINDERELLA (People’s Light): The Return of an Award-Winning Panto