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The Philadelphia Story — Shaw Festival — Festival Theatre

Just when you think you know a piece so well, a production of it comes along that not only surprises you but reveals new facets, including exponentially more depth, that … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Philanderer — Shaw Festival — Festival Theatre

Period costumes aside, Lisa Peterson’s production of “The Philanderer” for the Shaw Festival gleefully casts off Victorian trappings for the more carefree romantic and sophisticated dash of a contemporary comedy. … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arms and the Man — Shaw Festival — Royal George Theatre

Morris Panych’s Shaw Festival production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” touches on all, but doesn’t quite emphasize any, of the play’s possible themes — romance, nobility, heroism, … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Bucks County Playhouse

Zest and gaiety are so engrained in Fats Waller’s tunes, a show like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” that features a collection of Waller composition, automatically comes packed with lively jazz and sassy … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Charity That Began at Home — Shaw Festival — Court House Theatre

Influenced by a sympathetic activist who believes every one deserves a second chance and that positive attention will improve, if not restore, a person’s social poise, the wealthy Lady Denison, … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cabaret — Shaw Festival — Festival Theatre

Entering the Festival Theatre for Peter Hinton’s production of “Cabaret” at the Shaw Festival, you sense a big monolithic spiral staircase that sits on a large turntable center stage. Hinton … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Juno and the Paycock — Shaw Festival — Royal George Theatre

Jackie Maxwell’s production of “Juno and the Paycock” for the Shaw Festival is more than a sum of its parts. It’s a careful and seamless blending of episodes Sean O’Casey … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Shaw Festival — Preliminary Report

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario — During the next week, I will post full reviews of the 10 plays included on this year’s Shaw Festival roster. My intention was to file a review … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Calamari Sisters — Born on a Sofa on Fire Island

This is a reprint of an interview I did with Dan Lavender, one of the three “fathers” of “The Calamari Sisters,” that I wrote in 2012 when it appeared in … Continue reading

August 1, 2014

The Book of Mormon — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

The prevailing impression might be that “The Book of Mormon,” the 2011 Tony-winning musical by “South Park” scamps Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is savagely irreverent and pierces religion and … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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