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(09/04/2021)

-Theatre in Review: John Cullum: An Accidental Star

Theatre in Review: John Cullum: An Accidental Star

I am not young, but I never have known a time without John Cullum. At a tender age I heard him on the Camelot cast album, dallying with Julie Andrews in "Then You May Take Me to the Fair." From there, the list of indelible ...More

(01/03/2021)

-Theatre in Review: Julius Caesar (Shakespeare@ Home)

Theatre in Review: Julius Caesar (Shakespeare@ Home)

If you're tired of online Zoom readings -- and who isn't? - take a break with Shakespeare@ Home, an intrepid troupe dedicated to reviving the great days of radio theatre. The concept is simple and elegant: Assemble a group of ...More

(19/02/2021)

-Theatre in Review: The Domino Heart (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Online)

Theatre in Review: The Domino Heart (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Online)

Matthew Edison's play is a triptych of sorrow, an account of human hearts critically wounded by the withdrawal of love. A trio of characters are linked by a heart -- a real, physical organ -- that suddenly becomes available for a ...More

(15/01/2021)

-Theatre in Review: Under the Radar, Part II (Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Under the Radar, Part II (Public Theater)

The latest edition of the Under the Radar Festival, the celebration of avant-garde performance, features two attractions based on music-making, each of which produces strikingly different results. ...More

(11/01/2021)

-Theatre in Review: Under the Radar Festival, Part I (Public Theater Online)

Theatre in Review: Under the Radar Festival, Part I (Public Theater Online)

The Under the Radar Festival, which focuses on all thing avant-garde, is making its annual appearance; of course, this year everything is online. We'll be looking at a number of events on offer; if the pieces under consideration ...More

(05/01/2021)

-Theatre in Review: Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce...Pandemic! (Pomegranate Arts)

Theatre in Review: Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce...Pandemic! (Pomegranate Arts)

The writer and performance artist Taylor Mac is known for outlandish getups, but even hardcore Mac fans may be startled by the Carmen-Miranda-meets-The-Jolly-Green-Giant ensemble seen in Holiday Sauce...Pandemic! Quite apart ...More

(16/12/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Meet Me in St. Louis (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

Theatre in Review: Meet Me in St. Louis (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

The Irish Rep has a number of packages for us to unwrap this holiday season and perhaps the nicest one is that they're not doing A Christmas Carol. (Dickens fans, take note: There are thousands of that particular classic streaming ...More

(02/12/2020)

-Theatre in Review: A Christmas Carol

Theatre in Review: A Christmas Carol

Theatre in Review: A Christmas Carol The closing credits for this streaming edition of A Christmas Carol -- a joint presentation of dozens theatres from coast to coast - list dozens of characters, noting that each of them ...More

(20/11/2020)

-Theatre in Review: On Beckett/In Screen (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

Theatre in Review: On Beckett/In Screen (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

Bill Irwin, on an empty stage, declaiming and performing comic bits to an empty theatre: What could be more Beckettian than that?
The adjective, of course, evokes Samuel Beckett, whose characters exist on an endless vista ...
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(26/10/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Russian Troll Farm (TheaterWorks Hartford/TheatreSquared)

Theatre in Review: Russian Troll Farm (TheaterWorks Hartford/TheatreSquared)

Just in time to add to our pre-election jitters comes Sarah Gancher's new play, subtitled "a workplace comedy" -- the job being the sabotage of American democracy. The characters in Russian Troll Farm work for a ...More

(21/10/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Shipwreck (The Public Theater Online)

Theatre in Review: Shipwreck (The Public Theater Online)

There's no actual shipwreck in Anne Washburn's new play, but you can plausibly conclude that her concern is with the ship of state, a vessel that, by any reasonable measure, is headed straight for the rocks. To illustrate this ...More

(16/10/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Give Me Your Hand (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

Theatre in Review: Give Me Your Hand (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

The Irish Times once called Paul Durcan "the most playful poet in Ireland" and seeing Give Me Your Hand, one can easily see why. This theatre piece, taken from a 1994 volume of the same name, is a kind of guided tour ...More

(15/10/2020)

-Theatre in Review: American Dreams (Working Theater)

Theatre in Review: American Dreams (Working Theater)

Who better than Working Theater to delve into the tortuous American way of immigration? Despite our national ambivalence -- I'm being polite here - about this issue, we depend on immigrant labor, an inconvenient fact from which we ...More

(24/09/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Belfast Blues (Irish Repertory Online)

Theatre in Review: Belfast Blues (Irish Repertory Online)

Geraldine Hughes had the kind of childhood of which solo theatre pieces are made, though perhaps that could be true of anyone who spent their formative years in Northern Ireland during the '70s and '80s. Not everyone has her eye, ...More

(14/09/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Incidental Moments of the Day (Apple Family Productions)

Theatre in Review: Incidental Moments of the Day (Apple Family Productions)

For the finale of his trilogy, The Apple Family: Life on Zoom, Richard Nelson shakes things up -- the right response, one supposes, to this summer of turmoil and fury. The playwright is moving on and, in many cases, so are his ...More

(13/08/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Love, Noël: The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

Theatre in Review: Love, Noël: The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

"Strange how potent cheap music is." This line of dialogue, one of Noël Coward's most famous -- it's from Private Lives -- hardly applies to his own output, which long ago took its place among the crown jewels of the musical ...More

(27/07/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Weir (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

Theatre in Review: The Weir (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

In the annals of pandemic theatre, The Weir is something new. Conor McPherson's play focuses on five characters drinking and telling tales in an Irish country pub, and the digital wizards at the Irish Rep have, using ...More

(13/07/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Line (The Public Theater Online)

Theatre in Review: The Line (The Public Theater Online)

In an awful way, The Line premiered at exactly the right moment: as the rest of the country outside the Northeast is backsliding, with surging rates of infection and rising death tolls, this documentary piece presents the ...More

(06/07/2020)

-Theatre in Review: And So We Come Forth (Apple Family Productions)

Theatre in Review: And So We Come Forth (Apple Family Productions)

The Apple Family, of Rhinebeck, New York, is back, offering both much-needed comfort, along with a few thoughts to keep one up at night. Richard Nelson's clan, seen in a quartet of plays at the Public between 2010 and 2013, ...More

(30/04/2020)

-Theatre in Review: What Do We Need to Talk About? (The Public Theater/YouTube)

Theatre in Review: What Do We Need to Talk About? (The Public Theater/YouTube)

In troubled times, there's nothing like old friends, which is one -- but not the only -- reason why What Do We Need to Talk About? is such a welcome expression of grace. Richard Nelson's play, currently available on ...More

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