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Ralph Hammann

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Ralph Hammann

Transformed

by Ralph Hammann August 21, 2014

  Beautifully sung, smartly set and energetically staged at Oldcastle, My Fair Lady is a splendid fit for the company’s winningly intimate theater, which is currently brimming over with some of the loveliest songs in American ...

Oldcastle Theatre Company

Revenge is Sweet

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2014

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  I had misgivings about this. First, it is an adaptation of a seemingly unadaptable morality play. Second, it bode ill that, given its songwriters’ stature, it never made it to Broadway when written in 1998 ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

Smoke Not Fire

by Ralph Hammann July 31, 2014

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  Tortured lovers in a way station on the outskirts of hell are at the center of Sam Shepard’s 70-minute propulsive one-act play. A number of patrons on opening night voiced puzzlement at what the meaning ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Nikos Stage

Dueling Divas

by Ralph Hammann July 24, 2014

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  Former artistic director Jenny Gersten has given WTF audiences a terrific parting gift with this beautifully mounted, deftly written and gloriously acted and directed production. A musical or two aside, it is the best comedy ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

Lost Intentions

by Ralph Hammann July 17, 2014

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  Jeffrey DeMunn suffers indignities well and is always a compelling victim. He was ingested by alien jello in the remake of The Blob, given a bloody nose by a tentacled monster in The Mist, and ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Nikos Stage

Feeling Blue

by Ralph Hammann July 10, 2014

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  Let me be clear. George S. Kaufman is one of my heroes, and his collaborations with Moss Hart were defining moments in the golden age of American comedy. But his partnerships with other others were ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Best Cinema 2013: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann December 24, 2013

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips."

  2013 was a particularly exciting year for women’s performances. Unfortunately, the list of best films does not pay tribute to all of the great work done by actresses. So, in addition to those cited therein, ...

Mild Pinterest

by Ralph Hammann August 15, 2013

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  It would be a gross understatement to say that Blood Play is the most unusual play of the Williamstown Theatre Festival season; indeed this curiosity left many patrons scratching their heads and expressing a different ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Nikos Stage

Verdi It Ain’t

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2013

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  The success of Robert James Waller’s pretentious and ripe novel with its inane prose and cliche-ridden plot was baffling. More puzzling was why a director as discriminating as Clint Eastwood would want to wallow in ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Home Run

by Ralph Hammann August 1, 2013

  That this delight hasn’t yet made it to Broadway is perplexing, but perhaps this smash production will change its fortune. Certainly, it can’t be that a musical set in Fenway Park would not be welcome ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Nikos Stage

An Imperfect Creation

by Ralph Hammann July 25, 2013

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  Too few people are familiar with the play that inspired My Fair Lady (and fewer still with the superior Leslie Howard/Wendy Hiller film version that proved most influential in the adaptation), which is a shame ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

Fresh Ham

by Ralph Hammann July 18, 2013

  With Northern Boulevard, Oldcastle promises a new old-fashioned musical. If you’re expecting Berlin, Porter or Gershwin, this show won’t quite provide the trip back, but if you’ll accept lesser Loesser, it should do quite nicely. ...

Oldcastle Theatre Company

Myth and Magic

by Ralph Hammann July 18, 2013

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  If you’ve yet to experience the delight that is to be found at the peripatetic Mettawee River Theatre Company, check the schedule on their website (mettawee.org) and find the next outdoor performance of their new ...

Grinders

by Ralph Hammann July 3, 2013

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  The failure of the American Dream is scarily common subject matter these days, and one fears that the latest take on it might be as stale as week-old bread that has not been genetically modified ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Nikos Stage

Oscar Grouch

by Ralph Hammann February 28, 2013

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  Once again we have witnessed that celebration of competition in the most ridiculous of venues, motion pictures. The Oscars are useful only for promoting the rare piece of artful entertainment that might otherwise go overlooked ...

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The Year in Cinema: Ralph Hammann

by Ralph Hammann January 3, 2013

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  Best of 2012 1. Life of Pi Like Avatar and Hugo before it, Ang Lee’s film uses 3-D to realize a unique world that immerses us completely. By turns magical and uncannily realistic, this is the year’s ...

Broken English

by Ralph Hammann August 16, 2012

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In what is easily the most fascinating premise of many a theater season, Katori Hall brilliantly exploits a rare medical condition, Foreign Accent Syndrome, to deliver a brittle and affecting satire of race and class ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Direct Emotions, Obstructed Views

by Ralph Hammann August 8, 2012

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  In keeping with its reputation for producing Russian plays, the WTF has dusted off a classic with the world premiere of a new translation that reveals it to be as timely as it was when ...

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Paradise Lost and Found

by Ralph Hammann July 25, 2012

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While I was not a big fan of the Todd Haynes film on which this new musical was based, I am glad that Messrs. Greenberg, Frankel and Korie were enamored of it. From the raw ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Time it Was

by Ralph Hammann July 14, 2011

I’d wondered if Michael Weller’s classic, which is set in the school year of 1965-66 and concerns a group of college roommates about to graduate, would come across today as a dated curiosity or a ...

Redemption Song

by Ralph Hammann July 6, 2011

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In her first season as the WTF’s artistic director, Jenny Gersten is defining herself as a risk taker who is willing to mount plays of conscience and depth. Three Hotels hardly promises the commercial success ...

Assault on Culture

by Ralph Hammann February 25, 2010

Look up the word “culture” in Webster’s New World Dictionary and you will find it defined as “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.” I fear for the loss of our ...