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The Bridges of Madison County — Media Theatre

            Jason Robert Brown has a unique way with lyrics. Several of his songs begin by wallowing, more artfully and articulately than most, in the modern trend to tell stories … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Auspicious Start to 2016-2017 Season — From “Bathing” to “Mrs. Warren”

So far, so good. And I mean really good. The 2016-2017 theater season has begun with almost unanimous quality in productions ranging from musicals to classic to the new-ish. Even … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Billy Elliot — Media Theatre

SHORT ‘BILLY ELLIOT’ UPDATE: It’s always gratifying for a critic to see that his opinions hold during a second viewing of a production. That said, two points needs to be  … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hello, Dolly! __ Media Theatre

I call it Liza Minnelli Syndrome. It occurs when you get an immediately warm and receptive reaction the minute a performer appears on stage. I have it with Rosemary Harris, … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Les Miserables — Media Theatre

Voices carry Jesse Cline’s triumphant production of “Les Misérables” at Media Theatre. The singing of Elisa Matthews, Lauren Cupples, James Zannelli, Sean Thompson, and John D. Smitherman is emotive and … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sunset Boulevard — Media Theatre

With Ann Crumb’s excitingly electric portrayal of Norma Desmond as a mesmerizing centerpiece, the Media Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” soars with noir lushness that remains engagingly … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

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