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Bathing in Moonlight — McCarter Theatre Company

       While Nilo Cruz broaches some interesting subjects and often provides his characters with profound things to say, his world premiere play, “Bathing in Moonlight,” never takes off dramatically. The … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning — Inis Nua at the Drake

Tim Price’s “The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning” begins with dichotomy. Possibly multi-chotomy, to coin a term. Tom Reing’s marvelous cast for Inis Nua parade around Meghan Jones’s adaptable set crooning … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doctor Faustus — Quintessence at Sedgwick Theatre

Watching Alexander Burns’s creative, engaging production of Christopher Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus,” I couldn’t help thinking how the learned German scholar squandered the 24 years of pleasure he was afforded by … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fly — Crossroads Theatre

The characters are sitting in simple faux metal chairs, the kind you can find at any Target or Staples, but they are miming tricky arm and hand maneuvers associated with … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Nether — InterAct Theatre at The Drake

In the course of writing a play about keeping confidences, the modern penchant for intervention, and related issues of trust and meddling, Edward Albee challenges his audience’s possible disdain — … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Two Trains Running — Arden Theatre

August Wilson is as much an historian and anthropologist as he is a playwright. His plays center on people, as all good plays do, but evoke the cultural and social … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Red — Walnut Independence Studio on 3

Just as Sweeney Todd instructs Anthony Hope about the various shades of blonde hair, the painter, Mark Rothko, lectures his assistant, named Ken but never addressed as such, about the … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Smoke — Theatre Exile at Studio X

Julie, age 20, may be joking, or not, when she says she took a class in S&M (Sadomasochism) 101, but this ingénue has a decided taste for danger. Or at … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sense and Sensibility — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan have proven with two productions they have a surefire bead on adapting Jane Austen novels for the stage. As writers, they find the wit and … Continue reading

March 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Death of a Salesman — Curio Theatre

Paul Kuhn’s touching, everyman portrayal of American theater icon Willy Loman would be enough to recommend Curio’s unceasingly perceptive and moving production of Arthur Miller’s modern classic. Kuhn, whether in … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

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