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The Niceties — McCarter Theatre

Oooh, those asterisks. They sneak in everywhere these days. Heck, they’re practically de rigueur. The first asterisk I disliked was the one I felt minimized Roger Maris’s slugging achievement because … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

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

A Comedy of Tenors — McCarter Theatre Company at the Matthews Theatre

Ken Ludwig cannot keep his hands off of tenors. Thank goodness! While his marvelous new farce, “A Comedy of Tenors,” does not refer significantly to his lasting 1989 favorite, “Lend Me … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby Doll — McCarter Theatre Company, Berlind Theatre

In Tennessee Williams’s script for “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and the 1956 screenplay that derives from it, “Baby Doll,” everybody puts Baby in a corner. Or foments her retreating … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five Mile Lake — McCarter Theatre

Few playwrights, new or established, hold a mirror up to nature, as efficiently and compactly as Rachel Bonds. Bonds is particularly adept at capturing human nature and its quiet, engulfing … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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