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Mar 17 2013

THEATER REVIEW: A RAISIN IN THE SUN

By | March 17th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

The Huntington Theatre Company has given us a stirring production of the first play by an African-American woman ever produced on Broadway-- 54 years ago: Lorraine Hansberry's landmark "A Raisin in the Sun." The play tells the story of the African-American Younger family living in a cramped apartment on Chicago's South side in 1959.  The [...]

Mar 05 2013

THEATER REVIEW: CLYBOURNE PARK

By | March 5th, 2013|Theater|1 Comment

CLYBOURNE PARK won the Tony for Best Play in 2012-- and it's hard to imagine a better production than what's onstage at the SpeakEasy right now! Bruce Norris's Pulitzer-Prize winning drama cracks open the racial divide and an earthquake of moral, ethical, familial and economic dilemmas reverberate through the echo chamber of history. The action [...]

Mar 02 2013

THEATER REVIEW: 2 for 2–“LUNGS”/”STONES IN HIS POCKETS”

By | March 2nd, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

Two shows on stage right now with a cast of two each, are both winners-- so for me it's two for two! LUNGS at the New Rep and STONES IN HIS POCKETS at the Lyric, convey a world of ideas and a world of characters with a simplicity of means. LUNGS begins and ends with [...]

Feb 27 2013

THEATER REVIEW: MILDRED FIERCE

By | February 27th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

Photo courtesy Michael von Redlich Listen up beautiful people-- The Gold Dust Orphans are back with a bang and this time they have some pretty big shoulders to fill. Joan Crawford did it in 1945 and Varla Jean Merman (Jeffrey Roberson) is doing it onstage right now at Machine: MILDRED FIERCE!  To quote [...]

Feb 19 2013

THEATER REVIEW: THE LAST WILL

By | February 19th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

THE LAST WILL is a theatrical bauble-- a shimmering amalgam of wishful dreaming, informed speculation, historical fact, literary sleuthing, and some damn fine acting-- conjured by Robert Brustein, and presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University where Brustein is Distinguished Scholar in Residence. The play, which is having its world premiere, is the last [...]

Feb 13 2013

THEATER REVIEW: THE GLASS MENAGERIE

By | February 13th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

Tennessee Williams' lyrical soul has come to life onstage at the A.R.T. in a play that can break your heart. THE GLASS MENAGERIE  is a poignant masterpiece about a southern family searching for solace in a rough world that has left them shattered and picking up the pieces.  The autobiographical work was a Pulitzer Prize-winning [...]

Feb 04 2013

THEATER ROUND-UP: THE ITALIANS, THE IRISH, & THE NORTH KOREANS

By | February 4th, 2013|Theater|0 Comments

There's an ethnic smorgasbord onstage around town; I'm half Italian-- so let's begin with ArtsEmerson's presentation of Carlo Goldoni's commedia dell' arte classic THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. A maelstrom of mayhem ensues when a servant hatches a plan to earn twice as much money by serving two masters simultaneously! Warning: A little commedia dell [...]