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CIRCLE THEATER’S GOT IT ALTOGETHER

 

THE KILLING CONTINUES FAR BEYOND THE WALLS OF TROY

 

VIVID IMAGES VISUALIZE A COMPLEX TALE

 

THE GHOST OF HAMLET STALKS THE HALLS

 

LIGHT GLOWS AMID DARK DESPAIR

 

EPITHETICALLY VOLATILE

 

A CHILD’S GARDEN OF INNOCENCE

 

ALERT AND CHORTLING

 

THE ART OF PUPPETRY

 

HEARTS OF DARKNESS

 
Rivera

Faith, Hope and Love

They stand before you or stand side by side, parsing the idea of same-sex marriages in our time, a time in which such unions are still not taken for granted, questioning what is normal and confronting normal questions. Thus, in ninety or so minutes, nine theatre pieces by eight playwrights unfold in Brian Shnipper’s deliberate compendium Standing on Ceremony:The Gay Marriage Plays. Couples prepare their vows, look...


HOLIDAY CHEER WARMS UP THE HOLIDAY

The Rose Theater has a marvelous production of a seasonal favorite bound to delight everyone, young and old. I find it the classiest, most polished, professional-quality presentation I’ve seen there in the one year I’ve been attending. Of course, the company already has a winner in the script, a stage re-creation of Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, the beloved 1983 movie. This comes decorated with jolly, colorful...


WHAT THE DICKENS?

Circle Theatre is on the move again. It’s alive once more after having exited its former venue at Central Presbyterian Church last year. This November it vigorously came back to life with a wonderful  production of David Mamet’s Speed The Plow in a Benson pizza restaurant. Now it returns to its dinner theatre concept. Another church. First United Methodist Church.

The show is The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate...


THREE SIBLINGS YEARN FOR BETTER LIVES NEAR A BIRD-HAUNTED CHERRY ORCHARD

SNAP Productions presents Christopher Durang’s Anton Chekhov-spin-off Vanya and  Sonia and Masha and Spike. Given the play’s reputation, that makes a lot of sense. After a 2012 debut off-Broadway, it had major commercial success during its 2013 five-month run on Broadway and won a Tony for best play plus several other significant awards. Nonetheless, this production makes clear noticeable flaws. Perhaps the talents...


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