• St. Germain’s Camping with Henry and Tom

    Barrington's Revival Seems Ripped from the Headlines

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 10th, 2016

    The 1993 Mark St. Germain play, Camping with Henry and Tom, is as fresh as a daisy in a timely revival at Barrington Stage Company. With an update of just five lines Henry Ford, originally inspired by third party candidate Ross Perot, has an uncanny resemblance to the worst aspects of Donald Trump.

  • St. Germain at Barrington and Theatre Works

    Revival in Pittsfield and New Einstein Play with Richard Dreyfuss in Hartford

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 20th, 2016

    Since 2009 when Freud's Last Session opened at Barrington Stage there have been annual meetings and numerous e mails with playwright Mark St. Germain. We met recently at Dottie's for brunch to talk about current projects. In Pittsfield there is a revival of Camping with Henry and Tom. At TheatreWorks in Hartford is a production of Relativity about Albert Einstein that stars Richard Dreyfuss. He is also adapting Freud, which has had 200 plus global productions, as a screenplay. He ranks at 14 on the 2016 list of most produced American Playwrights. That does not include his global productions.

  • Circle Mirror Transformation

    Annie Baker Play at Florida's Area Stage Company

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 20th, 2016

    The plays by the 35-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner, Annie Baker, can be long, and with their pregnant silences, exasperating for audiences. Patience, however, is rewarded by enduring Circle Mirror Transformation which is having its regional premiere at the renowned Area Stage Company in Coral Gables, Florida.

  • Gutenberg the Musical

    Florida's Sol Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 19th, 2016

    Audience members play a pivotal role in any show, but especially this one. That’s because the fate of a musical by characters Doug and Bud rests in the pocketbooks and banks of the producers.

  • Isabel Huppert is Phaedra(s) at BAM

    Triple Queen Seduces at the Harvey Theater

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 18th, 2016

    Phaedra is a character who has fascinated through time. Now the fascinating actress Isabel Huppert plays her. Racine best captured Phaedra's sense that neither lucidity nor sincerity is helpful in resolving emotional problems. Consciousness of failure is a noble human trait. Phaedra knows but her knowledge is useless.

  • Fortune's Ire by Ramon Guillermo

    At Miami's Storycrafter Studio

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 17th, 2016

    The captivating play Fortune's Ire by Ramon Guillermo is on stage in North Miami’s intimate Storycrafter Studio space, through September 25. It is a finely acted and directed production. It begins with an interesting but seemingly harmless premise: A woman who claims to be suffering from amnesia steps into a psychologist’s office to receive help in figuring out her identity.

  • '62 Center at Williams Announces Its Program

    Launching Twelth Season

    By: Williams - Sep 16th, 2016

    The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance unveiled its twelfth season of diverse and challenging theatre and dance programming for the Williams College community and beyond.

  • The Birds Updated for the Stage

    Du Maurier to Hitchcock to McPherson

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 15th, 2016

    The Birds comes to the stage via a Daphne Du Maurier story on which Alfred Hitchcock's classic film of the same title was based. Now it provides the basis for playwright Conor McPherson's innovative play at 59E59th Street Theatres. McPherson has moved his story into a setting that is more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road than Du Maurier and Hitchcock.

  • Sam Shepard's True West

    Chicago's Shattered Globe Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 15th, 2016

    In Sam Shepard's True West the duality of emotion lies in wait in every aspect of our tense two hours with brothers Lee (Joseph Wiens) and Austin (Kevin Viol). They compete and collaborate, love and hate, drink and work, reminisce and prevaricate.

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    By C.S. Lewis; Adapted by Adrian Mitchell, at Stratford Festival

    By: Herbert M. Simpson - Sep 13th, 2016

    Stratford’s lovely production is enormously imaginative. The stage-creature that is Aslan, the holy lion, is inhabited by three men and made up of five separate segments which move fascinatingly together.

  • Sondheim's A Little Night Music

    Stratford Festival of Canada to October 23

    By: Herbert M. Simpson - Sep 12th, 2016

    Gary Griffin has established himself internationally as an exciting director and re-thinker of staging musicals and has created a streamlined but very elegant production with Stratford’s great ensemble. This is really a wonderful revival.

  • Invasion of Privacy by Larry Parr

    Florida's The Abyss Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Sep 12th, 2016

    Pigs Do Fly Productions is a small theater company that has, until this point, produced short plays featuring characters over age 50. “Invasion of Privacy” is its “first foray” into a full-length play, founder and artistic director Ellen Wacher announced before Saturday evening’s performance.

  • Hershey Felder's Maestro

    Leonard Bernstein's Tanglewood and So Much More

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 11th, 2016

    After an early triumphant conducting performance, the press crowded into the green room to speak to the young Maestro. They then turned to his father Sam and asked," Why did you block your son’s early career in music,?" To which Sam replied "How did I know he was Leonard Bernstein?"

  • Love’s Labor’s Lost

    Old Globe’s Lowell Davies Outdoor Festival Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Sep 10th, 2016

    Director Marshall nicely controls the on stage silliness that frothy, light Shakespearean rom-coms deliver to audiences while at the same time providing the actors the opportunity to enjoy themselves. When they have a good time we have a good time.

  • Gregorian by Matthew Greene at Walkerspace Theatre

    Armenian Genocide Based Drama

    By: Edward Rubin - Sep 09th, 2016

    Gregorian, Matthew Greene’s latest play, produced by Working Artists Theatre Project at the Walkerspace Theater, digs deep into the painful history of the Armenian people, examining the century long effects of the 1915 genocide on four generations of the Gregorian family, in which the Ottoman Empire slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians.

  • Life Sucks by Aaron Posner

    Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 21st, 2016

    Life Sucks is Aaron Posner’s sort-of adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, that often-performed masterpiece in which members of the rural bourgeoisie loll about, falling in love with the wrong people and longing to change their miserable lives. What is the play about? Love, longing and loss, as the characters tell us in their prologue. The basic elements of the human condition.

  • Berkshire's Fiorello Comes to New York

    BTG Production Transfers With a Wallop

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 21st, 2016

    I happened on the Berkshire Theatre Company production on East 13th Street in New York and was entranced. Packed into a small stage and directed to perfection by Bob Moss, the intimate setting works perfectly for this musical portrait of an oversized man.

  • Sunday in the Park Stunning at Huntington

    Sondheim and Seurat Bring Out the Best in Each Other

    By: Mark Favermann - Oct 06th, 2016

    Stephen Sondheim’s stunning masterpiece centers on enigmatic painter Georges Seurat and his obssession with “the art of making art.” Certainly, one of the most acclaimed musicals ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner features a glorious score, with the songs “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting it Together,” and “Move On,” and is directed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois who did a superb job with last year's A Little Night Music.

  • The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

    Florida's Outre Theatre Company

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 04th, 2016

    “The Normal Heart” deals with multiple thought-provoking, timely themes and issues that spur discussion, make us look inward and potentially take action: The need to work together toward a common goal, the uselessness of fighting and blaming one another, reconciliation among family members, the agenda of the press and government, the right to be recognized as valued citizens and feel loved as well as to live and die with dignity.

  • The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley

    Faking Vermeers in WAM and Berkshire Theatre Group's Co-Production

    By: Maria Reveley - Oct 03rd, 2016

    The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley in Stockbridge at the Unicorn Theatre is a co-production of WAM and Berkshire Theatre Group. An artist is on trial for selling Vermeers to the Nazis. He has to make a fake to prove his innocence. The play is based on a true story in post war Holland.

  • New Victory's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Captain Nemo Makes His Case

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 03rd, 2016

    The New Victory uses every imaginable tool to go to the depths of the ocean in a 19th century submarine. Jules Verne tells his story with present references to the throttling of the sea by plastic and a case for democratic leadership.

  • Tony and Emmy Winner Hal Linden

    Now 85 in Fantasticks at Pasadena Playhouse

    By: Lisa Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    I think because the writing was solid, not “trendy”, and always very relatable. I recently put together a clip reel for a concert appearance I was doing, and I had to sit down and watch over 100 hours of “Barney Miller” episodes. I was amazed at how substantial they were, and that they still hold up almost forty years later.

  • October Sky at Old Globe

    Musical is Outasight

    By: Jack Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    “October Sky” is an uplifting, feel-good type of musical that boasts 19 songs with such numbers as “Look to the Stars”, “We’re Gonna Build a Rocket”, “Stars Shine Down”, “The Man I Met”, and “The Last Kiss Goodbye”, the latter number being especially poignant as sung by the miners’ wives and girlfriends.

  • Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife

    From Stratford Festival to Chicago's Timeline

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 01st, 2016

    The Last Wife premiered last year at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and Timeline snagged it for its first US production. The 2.5 hour play is smart and funny and will have you turning on your phone at intermission to look at Katherine Parr’s Wikipedia page.

  • Mahabharata as Battlefield via Peter Brook at BAM

    A Startling Message from the Distant Past

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 30th, 2016

    Mahabharata is older and many times as long as the Bible. Its message of man's impulsive thrust to war and destruction is as fresh today as it must have been when it was first composed. Brook has tackled the piece before. This short form packs a powerful punch.

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