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James Yeara

James Yeara

War of Words

by James Yeara May 28, 2015

Butler
Barrington Stage Company 2015
By Richard Strand
Directed by Joseph Discher
Photos © Kevin Sprague
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David Schramm stars as Major General Butler and Maurice Jones makes his BSC debut as the slave, Shepard Mallory. Also in the cast are Ben Cole and John Hickok.

  “Astonishing,” or some variation or the word, is said frequently by the four characters in Butler, a historical comedy set at the beginning of the American Civil War. It’s also an apt word for how ...

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Home Fires Burning

by James Yeara May 21, 2015

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  “Please don’t hurt me,” Child (Roxanne Fay) says periodically to the audience, her head turned aside, not making eye contact. The words slide into her story, almost like a codicil slipped into a will: not ...

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The Man Who Came to Dinner

by James Yeara May 4, 2015

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  George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart were comedic geniuses. Their collaborations may be 80-some-odd years old now, but they still can please an audience. This past fall, their 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy You Can’t Take ...

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Winter’s Warm Glow

by James Yeara February 21, 2015

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  It takes a lot to entice people out into the brutal Ethan Frome weather we’re having, when the cold winds of New England bite down onto the white bones of its inhabitants. With the snow ...

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Best of Theater 2014

by James Yeara December 31, 2014

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  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare & Company Outgoing Artistic Director Tony Simotes ends his reign on a high note with his New Orleans-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s indestructible comedy finds new depths with the “acto-muso” ...

Pure Magic

by James Yeara December 11, 2014

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  Spirits haunt Capital Rep’s current production of the Tony Award-winning The Secret Garden, and that’s a good thing. They are not the Ghosts of Xmas Past, Present, and Future, nor is it the malevolent spirit ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

No Blarney

by James Yeara October 2, 2014

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  Two wooden chairs flank one wooden table, and a wooden podium stands downstage right. The curved two-story projection screen runs the 40-plus feet wide upstage, a soft green light cast from the top of the ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

Mr. Broadway

by James Yeara September 25, 2014

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  The genius of Jim Brochu’s Character Man: A Musical Memoir shows smartly in its simple setting: “Now and Then, Backstage or out front of a theatre.” A concert piano sits upstage right; two red theater ...

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Chekhov Chuckles

by James Yeara August 28, 2014

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  Christopher Durang’s 2013 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike does to Anton Chekhov what Durang’s surreal comedy classic The Actor’s Nightmare did to Beckett, Coward, Shakespeare, and Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons), ...

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The Odd Couple

by James Yeara August 21, 2014

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  The single most romantic scene this summer theater season is in Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, currently having its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company. And it’s not the obvious one in this fast-paced, well-crafted, ...

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A Compelling Enigma

by James Yeara July 31, 2014

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  Is it a fairy tale if the poison apple is dipped in cyanide, or does the cyanide make it a spy story? Like the math equations literally hanging over the characters or framing them on translucent ...

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A Truck With a Soul

by James Yeara July 10, 2014

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  “Can I do it?” one of the last contestants asks, standing just stage right of the Nissan pickup center stage, his left hand touching the truck’s body. As he looks out into the night, a ...

Park Playhouse

Comedy Camp

by James Yeara July 3, 2014

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  Thirty years ago, Charles Ludlam wrote a comic masterpiece. Here, the Berkshire Theatre Group celebrates it with a ridiculously hysterical production on the Fitzgerald Main Stage in Stockbridge. The Mystery of Irma Vep is a ...

Berkshire Theatre Group Fitzpatrick Main Stage

Too Much Richard, but Still Hot

by James Yeara June 26, 2014

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  This “Too Darn Hot” is too damned good for mere words. The Act 2 opening number of Barrington Stage Company’s current production of the classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me Kate starts slowly: As the ...

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Her Story

by James Yeara June 12, 2014

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  Those lips that Love’s own hand did make Breathed forth the sound that said “I hate,” To me that languish’d for her sake: But when she saw my woeful state, Straight in her heart did mercy come, Chiding that tongue ...

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Soul Selling

by James Yeara May 28, 2014

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  The Other Place is a smart play about smart people. It begins smartly after a blackout with a smartly dressed woman in gray slacks, gray coat, blue blouse, and black heels commanding center stage: “The ...

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Righteously Sexy

by James Yeara May 22, 2014

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  The 2014 version of The God Game begins, appropriately enough, with a tease. An attractive blonde stands in an oval office, slowly stripping as a handsome salt-and-pepper-haired man sits in his upholstered, high-back executive chair ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Smells Like a Rose

by James Yeara March 27, 2014

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  If Shakespeare had written a musical, it would have been Gypsy: A Musical Fable, a play with songs about theater, not a franchise collection of songs with some words between them. Gypsy has soul, and ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

A Rich Vein

by James Yeara February 19, 2014

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  Ten plays @ 10 minutes each = comic gold. That equation is true this year at Barrington Stage Company’s annual New Play Festival, now in its third year. Directors Julianne Boyd, Christopher Innvar, and Kristen van ...

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All Too Human

by James Yeara January 30, 2014

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  In The Mountaintop, a 2009 hit play in England, American playwright Katori Hall presents a unique version of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: orator, preacher, activist, adulterer, chain smoker, male egoist. Set on ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Best Theater 2013: James Yeara

by James Yeara December 24, 2013

  1. Stockholm Stageworks/Hudson Having its American premiere at Stageworks/Hudson, Stockholm was riveting. The play was a dash of Mamet, a pinch of Ruhl, a sweating of Pinter, a snap of LaBute, sprinklings of Albee, a zest of ...

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Prescription for Happiness

by James Yeara October 17, 2013

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  “It does what a musical is supposed to do; it takes you to another world . . . a little something for when you’re feeling blue.”—Man in Chair Home Made Theater’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone ...

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Fully Able

by James Yeara October 17, 2013

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  In the darkness, the sound of waves splashing in a lake is heard, followed soon by the call of a loon. The lights then come up on a ratty-looking bathtub downstage center, a black mechanical ...

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I’m Your Girl

by James Yeara October 10, 2013

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  According to the annual survey in American Theatre magazine, Venus in Fur is the most produced play in Equity theaters across the nation today, and on Capital Rep’s stage it’s not hard to see why. ...

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Movable Fisticuffs

by James Yeara August 28, 2013

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  Ernest Hemingway reputedly accepted this bar bet: Write the shortest story possible. His reputed winning response: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” In an interview with George Plimpton for The Paris Review on “The Art ...

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