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Lost in Yonkers — Bristol Riverside Theatre

In a true yarn that becomes a family joke, one grandson tells another his uncle’s story about how a horse fell on Grandma Kurnitz seventy years ago causing nagging lifelong pain, … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 39 Steps — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Intense mystery and low comedy have been combining in Patrick Barlow’s stage version of “The 39 Steps” since Maria Aitken staged John Buchan’s cleverly plotted spy thriller in London in … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a 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

Little Shop of Horrors — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Bristol Riverside Theatre’s “Little Shops of Horrors” is proof a basic model can serve a durable classic as well as a luxury vehicle with all the bells and whistles. Susan … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Laughter on the 23rd Floor — Bristol Riverside Theatre

 Timing is the essence of comedy, and timing, coupled with characterization, makes Keith Baker’s production of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at Bristol Riverside Theatre a congenial success … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tuesdays with Morrie — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Play and production merge so felicitously in Susan D. Atkinson’s staging of “Tuesdays with Morrie” at Bristol Riverside Theatre, you find yourself totally engaged from the minute you see actor … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pride and Prejudice — Bristol Riverside Theatre

Storytelling is a part of theater, a major, integral part, but it is one element among many in staging a play. Story, or plot, is particularly challenging  to a cast … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

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