Review: “In the Penal Colony” at New York Theater Workshop’s 4th Street Theater

Review: “In the Penal Colony” at New York Theater Workshop’s 4th Street Theater

“In the Penal Colony” is not a play that you can fully absorb minutes after the curtain closes. This is a play that sinks in to your skin and stays there. A play that you feel before you even know why. Twenty-four hours after seeing the show, there are still things that I am working to uncover.

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Review: Driftwood Creates a Rockin’ Fairy Tale with "A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Review: Driftwood Creates a Rockin’ Fairy Tale with "A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Creating Shakespearean productions that are accessible and intriguing entertainment for people of all ages is a true challenge. To do it consistently for a quarter century, well, that’s another thing entirely. Yet, the Driftwood Theatre Group has been doing just that since 1995.

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Review: “Because Of Winn Dixie” at Goodspeed Musicals

Review: “Because Of Winn Dixie” at Goodspeed Musicals

“Winn Dixie” wisely understands that real life is far more complicated and it doesn’t try to deliver easy answers. Its characters are real, flawed humans whose problems can’t be tap-danced away. Their demons won’t be cured tomorrow. It’s a good lesson for kids of all ages to learn, rolled up in a fun and charming package.”

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Review: “Romeo and Juliet” at Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

Review: “Romeo and Juliet” at Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

Rain could not stop this performance of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. The crowd gathered, umbrellas raised, to see Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”. This very enjoyable production took the classic story and gave it an 80s/90s spin, with costumes from those decades bringing the characters even closer to reality and allowing us to relate to them more than we already could.

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Review: "Miss Saigon" - National Tour (Los Angeles)

Review: "Miss Saigon" - National Tour (Los Angeles)

Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway revival of “Miss Saigon” opened on Thursday, July 19 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. This version is especially poignant as Americans daily read and watch the political refugee crisis, as desperate people flee violence in Central America and other countries under our current administration.

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Review: "The Play That Goes Wrong" at the Ahmanson Theatre

Review: "The Play That Goes Wrong" at the Ahmanson Theatre

What I enjoyed about “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company is that it’s a play within a play. We are sitting in the audience watching “The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society" perform their newest murder mystery “The Murder at Haversham Manor.”

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Review: "Cyrano", A Lively, Entertaining Frolic at The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Review: "Cyrano", A Lively, Entertaining Frolic at The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Go see this novel interpretation of this classic tale about a man’s struggle to replace vanity, pride, and ignorance with grace, humility and intelligence.  It is an ironic anecdote of missed opportunities, it reminds us that, after all, beauty is only skin deep.  

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Review: "Henry VIII" at Stratford Festival

Review: "Henry VIII" at Stratford Festival

As we left the auditorium, I heard some audience members behind me say this production was quite a historical lesson.  A young girl and her father sat next to me.  She turned to him at the end and said, “I understood a bit of what was going on”.  I turned to both and thanked them appreciatively for their support of live theatre and for learning a bit of history.

You should come to Stratford and learn a bit about the history of the Tudors too.

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Review: "Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable" by 4th Line Theatre

Review: "Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable" by 4th Line Theatre

Beau Dixon asks some important questions in his Playwright Notes: ‘What does it take to reach success?’; ‘How do you determine success?’ and ‘What do you sacrifice to get you to the next level of success?’ Three extremely important questions which I wished we could have discussed with the playwright and the director post performance. In any event, ‘Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable’ is a worthy evening of theatrical entertainment.  Get to see it if you can.

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Review: "The Scottsboro Boys" at Playhouse on Park

Review: "The Scottsboro Boys" at Playhouse on Park

John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical “The Scottsboro Boys” was not one of the duo’s more successful shows. The show opened on Broadway on Oct. 31, 2010 closed within six weeks amidst protests from people who were offended by the musical’s minstrel show themes.

Now, Playhouse on Park has chosen to take on this very timely, if possibly problematic musical, running through Aug. 4.

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