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Righteously Sexy

by James Yeara May 22, 2014


  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

Bring Out Your Dead

by Alexander M. Stern May 15, 2014


  Let’s make one thing perfectly clear right at the outset: The Schenectady Light Opera Company absolutely kills it in their production of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of his classic 1974 film. Their high-energy ...

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The Maestro

by David King May 14, 2014


  Eddie Izzard brought his show screeching to a halt only a few minutes after its start at the Palace Theatre on Monday night. There was a beetle on stage, and Izzard was not about to ...

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Journey Into the Past

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2014


  In previous centuries, popular and classical music in America tried to ignore one another, but significant composers explored and encouraged an overlap. Such was the case with Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a piano virtuoso who thrived ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

Rag and Bone

by Alexander M. Stern April 10, 2014


  The experience of seeing Arthur Miller’s The Price at the Curtain Call Theater begins before the lights even dim. Amid the pre-show chatter and the rustling of playbills, the eye is drawn to the curious pile ...

Curtain Call Theatre

Smells Like a Rose

by James Yeara March 27, 2014


  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


  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

An Army of One

by Joe D. Michon-Huneau January 30, 2014


  A single spotlight beamed upon a man in a dark jumpsuit and a pair of grey toe shoes. His surroundings, black; his stage, the floor. His mission: to embark upon a solo quest of heroic ...

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All Too Human

by James Yeara January 30, 2014


  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

Technology With Heart

by B.A. Nilsson January 23, 2014


  It’s a cinematic spectacle, the kind of theatrical event usually reserved for Cameron Mackintosh-style musical extravaganzas, last seen on the Proctors mainstage in the mammoth Les Miz. But this time it wasn’t a musical—although there’s ...


Murder Romp

by B.A. Nilsson October 24, 2013

Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Jason Asprey. Photo by Enrico Spada.

  So maybe the guy isn’t who we—ah! I see. I should have guessed it. And that’s because she was wishing all along that he’d—wait. Maybe not. Because now she’s—shit. Didn’t see that coming. There’s good reason ...

Shakespeare & Company Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

Prescription for Happiness

by James Yeara October 17, 2013


  “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


  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


  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


  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

Irish Family Values

by B.A. Nilsson August 22, 2013


  We know that profundities are strewn throughout the small talk that comprises most of our conversations, and what little self-awareness we cultivate these days probably goes to trying to pluck any such clues out of ...

Shakespeare & Company


by James Yeara August 22, 2013


  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


  “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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Mild Pinterest

by Ralph Hammann August 15, 2013


  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


  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

Who Needs a Drink?

by James Yeara August 7, 2013


  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

A Diva at Twilight

by B.A. Nilsson August 1, 2013


  It’s a bad day for Tallulah Bankhead. Her best years are behind her, she’s ill with the emphysema that will kill her in a couple of years, and she can’t even seem to get it ...


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

Adirondack Delight

by James Yeara August 1, 2013


  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

An Imperfect Creation

by Ralph Hammann July 25, 2013


  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