• The Stone Witch

    A Play That Deals With Fame, Ambition and Aging

    Rupak Ginn & Judd Hirsch
    By: Maria Reveley - Jul 29th, 2016

    An ambitious unpublished author is guided to meet his writing idol through an editor. What unravels reveals how fame can isolate, and how ambition can move one to do unexpected things. Judd Hirsch is a marvel, Kristin Griiffith shines and Rupak Ginn turns in a nuanced performance.

  • Neil Simon's Broadway Bound

    Stage Door Theatre Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 19th, 2016

    In “Broadway Bound,” Neil Simon shines a light on people who are flawed. You not only forgive them at the end, you feel as though you’re leaving part of your own family as the curtain closes.

  • Musical 1776 in Palm Beach

    At Don and Ann Brown Theatre.

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 18th, 2016

    The well-known historical musica "1776" about our founding fathers’ mission to make America independent from England is on stage through July 24 in the intimate, semi-circular Don and Ann Brown Theatre in Palm Beach, Florida.

  • Kanze Noh's Inaugural at Lincoln Center

    Traditional Japanese Theater Intrigues

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 16th, 2016

    Even if you don't know the conventions of Noh Theater, developed over 600 years in Japan, there is great pleasure in its performance. The Kanze Noh troupe sports players whose descent can be traced back 22 generations. Deep emotions are generated by performances of dramas from this rich history.

  • The Chinese Room at Williamstown

    World Premiere of Michael West Play

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 17th, 2016

    The hilarious comedy The Chinese Room by the Irish playwright Michael West is having its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival. The current production allows for fine tuning for when the play transfers Off Broadway to Manhattan Theatre Club. It is sure to be a hit in New York.

  • Between Riverside and Crazy at Steppenwolf

    Funny and Poignant Stephen Adly Guirgis Play

    By: By Nancy Bishop - Jul 14th, 2016

    Between Riverside and Crazy is a rowdy, raunchy play with lots of action. (Sensitive ears alert: When I said raunchy, that’s what I meant.) Yasen Peyankov directs it with style and glee.

  • Wastwater at Chicago's Steep Theatre,

    By English playwright Simon Stephens

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 12th, 2016

    Wastwater by Simon Stephens is a loosely connected trilogy of stories, skillfully directed by Robin Witt. They’re set near London’s Heathrow Airport, where the village of Sipson is threatened with obliteration for the sake of a new airport runway. The playwright is best known for his Tony-winning adaptation, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Macbeth at Old Globe

    Lowell Davies Outdoor Festival Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 12th, 2016

    Under the deft direction of Brian Kulick, this ‘Macbeth’ production has been updated to a visual setting more or less around the time of World War I. However, the language, spirit, and the murderous intrigues that Shakespeare loved so dearly are still present. It’s a clever way to update the core story that is familiar to all without sacrificing any dramatic elements or story points as conceived by the Bard.

  • Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare & Company

    Authentic Production Directed by Tina Packer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 11th, 2016

    A great production of Merchant of Venice requires inspired casting. The Tina Packer production has a truly magnficent Shylock in company member Jonathan Epstein taking on the complex and demanding role for the fifth time. It is his second with Packer. This version also has a first rate Portia in Tamara Hickey and suitably apathetic and melancholy Antonio played with nuance by John Hadden. It was Packer's intent to take the gloves off in attacking issues of race, religion, gender, homosexuality and racism.

  • Little Shop of Horrors Gobbles Audience

    Smash Musical Comedy at Colonial Theatre

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 10th, 2016

    A lot of theatre this season is feeding us heavy duty, pc, brain food. But for pure fun release and esape the best show in the Berkshires, Little Shop of Horrors, is presenting a hilarious musical comedy about a man eating plant which is chewing the scenery and devouring audiences at the Colonial Theatre.

  • Breath of Kings: Rebellion

    Stratford Festival of Canada

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jul 20th, 2016

    We welcome the distinguished critic Herbert Simpson and his coverage of Stratford Festival of Canada. Here he reviews Breath of Kings: Rebellion Richard II and Henry IV Part 1I which will be performed through September 24.

  • The Pirates of Penzance at Barrington Stage

    Swashbuckling Rogues Invade Pittsfied.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2016

    In a world gone utterly mad, for a great escape, there is nothing quite like an evening at Barrington Stage and the swashbuckling production of the perennial Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan. It has been masterfully created by that other theatrcal partnership Rando and Bergasse the pair that brought Barrington's On the Town to Broadway.

  • Macbeth at Stratford Festival

    Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino Rethinks the Scottish Play

    By: Herbert Simpson - Jul 21st, 2016

    Shakespeare’s Macbeth was presented with no timid wariness about “the Scottish play” but instead a dark, mysterious exploration full of visual and emotional surprises, including a sexy young Macbeth and a terrifying, shifting landscape dominated by the three witches, not the royal killer couple. Stratford’s Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is clearly the star of the production, directing it where it usually doesn’t go.

  • 1927's Golem at Lincoln Center

    Modern, Modern Times Are Here

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 27th, 2016

    Golem One looks part Botero in the lobby of the Time Warner building, where kids play with the tiny penis all day. Golem 2 is more like Chaplin in a St Exupery aviator outfit. Golem 3 is an amalgam of all the visuals we’ve seen. Intriguing. This enchanting theatrical drama uses every imaginable tool to achieve its ends.

  • Peerless by Jiehae Park in Pittsfield

    Affirmative Action Via Macbeth

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 25th, 2016

    In a raucous, energetic, daunting production of Peerless by Jiehae Park Barrington Stage has boldly brought twentysomething, off off Broadway to the Berkshires. This assault to the senses may not be appealing to older audiences. It gives us a lively glimpse into the mind set of evil twns evoking Macbeth to murder their way to acceptance at the colleges of their choice. Does that make sense?

  • Shakespeare Globe's Merchant of Venice

    Jonathan Pryce a Complicated Shylock

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 24th, 2016

    Man’s cruelty to man is central to this comedy. This production wraps the audience into its web with humor, shock and awe.

  • Romance Novels for Dummies at WTF

    No Southern Comfort from Boo Killebrew

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 24th, 2016

    What happens when you conflate Old Miss and Brooklyn routed through Boston University? As a playwright Boo Killebrew draws on her childhood and the heritage of gracious Southern women with the here-and-now sexual politics of a single mother and her sister traying to get the shards of her life together. That illusion of a stay at home wife and mother came to a screeching end with the death of her husband. Now just 29 she is picking up the pieces in a misfired drama striving for comedy.

  • Sense and Sensibility at Old Globe

    Jane Austen Sparkles in San Diego

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 23rd, 2016

    San Diego’s venerable Old Globe Theatre is currently staging a vibrant, engaging and thoroughly delightful production of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”.

  • War Paint at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

    Competing Costemtic Queens

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 22nd, 2016

    War Paint is the story of two cosmetic industry pioneers, women who achieved corporate success in an era when it was even more difficult to do so than today. But once you get past the competition between the Polish Jewish immigrant Helena Rubinstein (Patti LuPone) and the sunny blonde Elizabeth Arden (Christine Ebersole) known for her pink color palette, there’s not much story left.

  • Ira J. Bilowit at 90

    Renowned New York Theatre Critic

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 22nd, 2016

    Although elderly and in poor health Ira J. Bilowit, who has passed away at 90, continued to cover and work in theatre. Just last November he was co-chair, with Sherry Eaker, of a New York conference of the American Theratre Critics Association. He was among the most respected and revered members of that organization.

  • Buyer and Cellar at Miracle Theatre

    One Man Show in Coral Gables

    By: Aaron Krause - Jul 22nd, 2016

    Barbra Streisand is in this original and highly entertaining play – sort of, although you believe she really is, judging from the electrifying, hyperventilation-defying, incredible performance from award-winning actor Chris Crawford. He plays a handful of characters throughout the roughly one-hour, 45-minute play with no intermission.

  • Moliere's Bourgeois Gentilhomme

    French Production at Lincoln Center Festival

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 21st, 2016

    Moiiere's gift for embedding comedy in character, and weaving the elements of musical theatre in a unified whole were on full display at the Gerald Lynch Theatre. We continue coverage of the annual Lincoln Center Festival.

  • The Paper Hat Game at 3-Legged Dog

    Torry Bend Blends Media with a Punch

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 08th, 2016

    Scale is an important factor in how we respond to objects, art and theatre. Using the small frame of a puppet theatre, Torry Bend tells the story of a man who distributes paper hats on the Chicago Transit system. We could be anywhere in this intriguing take on urban life.

  • Grapes of Wrath in Chicago

    Gift Theatre Production

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 05th, 2016

    The Gift Theatre’s eloquent new production of The Grapes of Wrath is a story of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression of the 1930s, but it bears witness to many of the personal tragedies of today’s ongoing Great Recession.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Road Company Visited Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 18th, 2016

    Pretend we’re on an airplane, because the oxygen mask above will prove beneficial. Certainly it will help you deal with the spectacular, breathtaking special effects of the mostly impressive non-equity national touring version we will see of the beloved Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

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