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James Yeara

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage

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 ...

Barrington Stage Company St. Germain Stage

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 ...

Spa Little Theater

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. ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

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 ...

Barrington Stage Company

Golden

by James Yeara August 22, 2013

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  The white-haired woman is sitting in a cozy chair in a cozy room under the light of a cozy lamp. She is counting her rosary beads, the paternoster whispered, her head inclined so that the ...

The Mount

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

by James Yeara August 22, 2013

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  “But you do want to talk to them sometime today on your birthday, even if she is Sheriff Cunt-Fuck of Cunt Fuck City?” says Kali to her husband. Stockholm is a 2007 British hit having its ...

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Who Needs a Drink?

by James Yeara August 7, 2013

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  The theater gods smiled on the beginning of the sixth scene of Shakespeare & Company’s Mother Courage and Her Children Saturday afternoon. Mother Courage (Olympia Dukakis) greeted the return of the long-absent Cook (John Douglas ...

Shakespeare & Company

Adirondack Delight

by James Yeara August 1, 2013

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  Avenue Q is a musical triumph: a feel-good, laugh-out-loud, surreal hallucination. See it. It’s still playing off-Broadway in Manhattan, where it played on Broadway for six years after starting as an off-Broadway hipster affair. It’s ...

Charles R. Wood Theater

Spy Games

by James Yeara July 18, 2013

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  Hapgood is the sort thing that shines on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery; I expected the resplendent Alan Cummings to introduce the show with his eyes widening in mischief while caressing his rolling rrr’s. Or if Shakespeare ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Art Inspires Art

by James Yeara July 18, 2013

  From the dark a loon calls. Soon the sun rises on a center-stage rock outcropping, seemingly carved into the mountainsides surrounding Lake George. As the stage light warms over the top of the outcropping, Max ...

Charles R. Wood Theater

Lovers, Blues Skies and a Few Clouds

by James Yeara July 10, 2013

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  Called back for a second curtain call, Curly (Jarid Faubel) encourages the audience to sing along with the cast in a reprise of the title song, and boy, do people sing: loud and lustily, as ...

Colonial Theatre