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We Interrupt This Broadcast

by B.A. Nilsson October 13, 2011


The infamous 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds exists in at least two versions. There’s the broadcast itself, which took place at particular time when politics and technology combined to explode what ...

Original Glazed

by James Yeara September 29, 2011


The opening of Capital Repertory Theatre’s Superior Donuts is the perfect metaphor for the state America is in today. The production begins in the rundown interior of missing owner Arthur Przybyszewski’s (George Tynan Crowley) 60-year-old ...

Spark and Sputter

by James Yeara September 14, 2011


The 21 scenes in Ismail Khalidi’s Tennis in Nablus show off Stageworks/Hudson at its best and worst. A new play having its East Coast premiere, Tennis in Nablus centers on Palestine, spring 1939. In some ...


by B.A. Nilsson August 31, 2011


A friend who works for the state described the office scene last Friday: an exodus of fellow workers fleeing to sandbag their homes in advance of Irene. Friday night I attended this Oldcastle Theatre production ...

Out of Time

by James Yeara August 24, 2011


The leisure-class clash in Autres Temps, the Wharton Salon’s third annual production at the Mount, has been given an effectively timely update. First published in Century magazine exactly 100 years ago this August, Edith Wharton’s ...

Sister Act

by The Staff August 24, 2011


If you take reasonably good care of yourself and avoid safes falling from the sky, you’ll win the consolation prize of becoming an orphan. It’s too late to settle your parental issues, but the ghost ...

Summer Lovin’

by John Rodat August 11, 2011


The musical Grease was, in its original inception, a gritty drama about working-class teens in 1950s Chicago. But, according to playwright Jim Jacobs, he was told that for the play to be successful he needed ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

Beauty Versus the Biz

by James Yeara August 11, 2011

For its innaugural production, Berkshire Actors Theatre presents a stiletto interpretation of John Patrick Shanley’s 1993 smackdown of moviemaking, Four Dogs and a Bone. An Academy Award winner for Moonstruck and a Pulitzer Prize winner ...

New Stage Performing Center

Keeping It Real

by Kathryn Geurin July 28, 2011


The first person ever to conduct Internet securities fraud—manipulating Wall Street from a dial-up connection in his New Jersey home—was 15 years old. This tidbit may not sound like prime musical-theater fodder. But writer-composer team ...

Strangers With Cheeseballs

by John Rodat July 28, 2011

I was unaware that sibling entertainers Amy and David Sedaris had written a play together until I saw the billing for the New Stage Performing Arts Center’s production of The Book of Liz. (I have ...

Broadway Gold

by James Yeara July 28, 2011

Mel Brooks’ satirical Broadway smash The Producers is unquestionably comic gold. The 2001 musical won a record 12 Tony Awards that year then ran for six years and some 2,500 performances on Broadway, spawning subsequent ...

Hallelujah, Baby

by B.A. Nilsson July 20, 2011


With all eight pieces of the band wailing as Leslie Uggams gives a powerhouse treatment to “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” you can’t help but be impressed the energy. It’s a great sound, ...

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 ...

Long Live Rock

by John Rodat July 14, 2011


  Originally a double album of conceptually linked songs released by the Who in 1969, Tommy was the first music to be popularly designated a “rock opera.” Though some work in that vein had been done ...

Colonial Theatre

Cabin Pressure

by John Rodat July 6, 2011

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In 1991, Marc Camoletti's Boeing-Boeing was entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the most-performed French play in the world—30 years after its debut. To gain such recognition over such countrymen as Voltaire, Molière, ...

Playfull Potpourri

by James Yeara July 6, 2011


At the beginning of the one-act that closes the first set of the Play by Play festival, graduate student Ethan (Timothy W. Hull) stands downstage, eagerly enunciating every syllable. His eyes and vowels seem to ...

I Like It

by B.A. Nilsson July 6, 2011

A small banjolele emerges from the upstage curtain of the thrust stage, and the player gives the opening chords to “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.” The curtain parts ...

Redemption Song

by Ralph Hammann July 6, 2011


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 ...

Myth Adventures

by John Rodat June 29, 2011


In K of D, an Urban Legend, an unnamed narrator (“the girl, who does most of the talking” in the script) begins by telling the audience that the story she’s going ...

Train to Nowhere

by James Yeara June 29, 2011


Director David Cromer is a certified genius. Even without his 2010 MacArthur “genius” grant, the mark of Cromer’s genius blazed in the excellence of his Our Town, which ran for 18 ...

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A Natural

by B.A. Nilsson June 23, 2011


It’s a fully formed but imaginary universe that book writer Abe Burrows crafted when he adapted two Damon Runyon stories (and several ancillary characters) into one of the most successful musicals of 1950. Runyon’s genius ...

Barrington Stage Company

Master Chef

by B.A. Nilsson June 8, 2011


This theater review could as easily be filed under food. The one-man show opens at dinnertime, as young Frank’s mother, Maria, prepares the evening meal, its possibilities an incantation: “Manicotti, cannelloni, fettuccine, linguini, macaroni, rigatoni, ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Most Mostel

by The Staff May 25, 2011


When actor Jim Brochu is first revealed in the character of Zero Mostel, his makeup and aspect looked pretty good. He’d captured an essence, I thought, of the performer I know only from film and ...

Barrington Stage Company

By the Beautiful Sea

by James Yeara May 5, 2011


Kingdom of the Shore kicks into gear at the beginning of the second act. Cathleen (Mhari Sandoval), the youngest and prettiest Moloney sister, drinks wine and flitters across the wicker couch ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

True Liberation

by B.A. Nilsson May 5, 2011


Call it a theatrical happening or a political screed—Hair is a late-’60s artifact that lacks a coherent book and sports a poorly crafted score, yet, as the revival production ...