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Local Girls — Azuka Theatre at the Drake

Mary Tuomanen is racking up a number of distinctions this season. And particularly in 2016. The most fleeting is being the lead in every show that’s appeared so far on … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lights Rise on Grace — Azuka Theatre at the Adrienne

“Tough” is the operative word for the unnurtured souls in Chad Beckim’s “Lights Rise on Grace.” The three focal characters all come from the same lower class New York City … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speech & Debate — Azuka Theatre at Theatre X

Shades of Howard Wolowitz! Each of the teenagers depicted in Stephen Karam’s comedy, “Speech & Debate” is admonished by an off-stage parent, usually pleading with the adolescent to turn down … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Moon Cave — Azuka Theatre at Off-Broad Street Theater

Douglas Williams’s world premiere play, “Moon Cave,” is so engrossing, thought-provoking, and fulfilling to watch develop, it is a jarring shock when it ends so abruptly and seemingly so unresolved. … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Watson Intelligence — Azuka at Off-Broad Street Theatre

Watson is a name associated with indispensable assistants. Think of Thomas Watson, who heard the first words spoken over a telephone, “Come here, Mr. Watson; I want you,” or of … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tigers Be Still — Azuka Theatre at Off-Broad Street

Kim Rosenstock’s style is perfect for television writing.  Her play, “Tigers Be Still,” produced by Azuka Theatre, lacks the texture and craft to work in the theater. Rosenstock offers a … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Skin & Bone — Azuka Theatre at Off-Broad Street Theater

The ramshackle bed and breakfast situated in an early 19th century clapboard house in Transfer, Florida, a fictional blip off the I-10 Interstate in the most rural, i.e. old traditional … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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