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Mar 06 2018

WOKE THEATER ROUND UP!

By | March 6th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Now that OSCAR has "officially" put last year's movie season to bed, here's what's kept me woke lately on stage: ORLANDO: This attractive, jam-packed production bursts from the compact LYRIC STAGE. Sets and costumes are stripped down, beautiful, and efficient-- allowing for the fleet passage of time!  Sara Ruhl's play is adapted from Virginia Woolf's satiric, [...]

Mar 03 2018

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WHITE CARD IN THE ROOM

By | March 3rd, 2018|Theater|2 Comments

Daniel Gerroll, Patricia Kalember, Karen Pittman, and Jim Poulos in The White Card. Photo: Gretjen Helene Photography It is accepted wisdom that "Seeing is believing," and seeing is precisely what THE WHITE CARD requires: seeing what is assumed and unexamined, namely the white card which gives those who have it a hidden pass, [...]

Feb 27 2018

TWO BEAUTIES ONSTAGE: WAITRESS /BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

By | February 27th, 2018|Theater|2 Comments

WAITRESS--I saw this show hot out of the oven at its 2015 Broadway-bound world premiere at the A.R.T. Based on a charming, offbeat film and turned into a scrumptious slice of musical theater by Diane Paulus and an all female team, it depends on a key ingredient: a score by Grammy award-winning pop artist Sara [...]

Feb 09 2018

FROM THEIR LIPS TO OUR EARS: HEAR WORD!

By | February 9th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Photo:Gretjen Helene Photography It is an expression of pure, justifiable rage and a call to arms from half a world away: HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True is viscerally alive onstage at the American Repertory Theater and will shake you into action. Based on the testimony of Nigerian women and woven into a [...]

Feb 02 2018

LOVE ADDS UP ONSTAGE: BAD DATES/PROOF/SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

By | February 2nd, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

Love is adding up on stages around town-- here are my calculations: BAD DATES: The Huntington Theatre Company has revived one of its most popular shows ever, which had its premiere there 15 years ago: Theresa Rebeck's one-woman show about a woman cataloguing her harrowing and hilarious romantic excursions! BAD DATES was a great date [...]

Jan 30 2018

NO HYPE: BEST THING ONSTAGE NOW. “HYPE MAN: A BREAK BEAT PLAY”

By | January 30th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

COMPANY ONE THEATRE is in top form as it opens its 19th season with a thrilling 75 minute world premiere: HYPE MAN at the BCA PLAZA. Playwright Idris Goodwin ("How We Got On") delivers another in his cycle of break beat plays, this one a fresh, bold wholly engrossing musical that uncoils the tensions social, [...]

Dec 01 2017

ONSTAGE NOW: THE COLOR PURPLE/THE 39 STEPS/SHE LOVES ME

By | December 1st, 2017|Theater|2 Comments

Here's what to rush out and see now: THE COLOR PURPLE!! WOW. I saw a local production of this several years ago and it left me cold. The production now onstage at the SHUBERT THEATRE is on fire! A jubilant prayer of a musical which won Tonys for best revival of a musical in 2015, [...]

Nov 21 2017

THEATER: “TARTUFFE” A timely tale

By | November 21st, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

"Pious, pompous, puffed up twits" beware: the Huntington Theatre Company's TARTUFFE is a screamingly funny, jubilant debunking of fakery in all its forms! Moliere's 17th century satire anticipated "the Enlightenment" as reason trumps religious pretense in this tale of a hypocritical holy man Tartuffe (actor/comedian Brett Gelman "Stranger Things") who hoodwinks a gentleman and head of [...]

Oct 23 2017

THEATER/ “OLEANNA”: Sexual Harassment Revisited

By | October 23rd, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

A fierce and fiery production of "OLEANNA" is now onstage at New Rep Theatre, written by David Mamet and directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. I remember seeing this explosive kernel of a play in its world premiere in Cambridge in 1992; it starred William H. Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) and was the first [...]