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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...


CIRCLE THEATER’S GOT IT ALTOGETHER

Circle Theater stays alive and well, heating up an evening by digging into David Mamet’s 1988 movie-biz zinger Speed the Plow. Dynamic acting talent permeates a tiny corner of a sometimes noisy pizza joint’s back room in Benson. But who gives a crap if there’s audible competition outside the door sealing off the audience from happy diners? The performances validate the visit. Here we have another example of how this...


THE KILLING CONTINUES FAR BEYOND THE WALLS OF TROY

You’d think that one person standing alone on a dark bare stage could not possibly bring alive the massive story, the tragic agony and pain of The Trojan War. Behold. It can be done. Playwrights Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare have found a way to vivify Homer’s enduring masterpiece leaving it to just one person to make it unfold again: The Poet. Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre director Cathy Kurz and actor Daniel Dorner...


VIVID IMAGES VISUALIZE A COMPLEX TALE

The Rose Theater has embarked on explorations of new dimensions, filling its stage and screens with phenomenally imaginative visions and designs. Brittany Merenda has come up with them to aid in replicating Madeleine L’Engle’s science fiction adventure for young people A Wrinkle in Time, adapted by playwright John Glore. The visuals remain constantly colorful, even beautiful at times.

The cast plays every moment...


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