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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

Beauty and the Beast — National Tour — Academy of Music

“Who’d have guessed? Who’d have guessed? That this show’d be so depressed. On a scale of one to five, it would come in at seventh best!” Enough drollery! With a … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Language Archive — Bristol Riverside Theatre

While language, its history, and its components are a preoccupation of several characters, talk is practically a pastime in Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive.” A passive, casual pastime. People trade … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Romeo and Juliet — Quintessence Theatre Group at Sedgwick Theatre

Alexander Burns infuses the Quintessence stage with energy and romance via his bold, wise use of cinematic techniques in his brilliant and moving “Romeo and Juliet.” Early in Shakespeare’s play, … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stella and Lou — People’s Light & Theatre Company

Bruce Graham’s latest play, “Stella and Lou,” is the theatrical version of comfort food. Rather than aim for the gourmet, with fancy ingredients and a self-consciously splashy array of spices, … Continue reading

August 13, 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

Ghost — Media Theatre

Jesse Cline has many talents as a theater director, but his forte is bringing characters forward and getting to the core of their personal stories. The musical, “Ghost,” did not … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael & Edie — Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall

Rachel Bonds’s characters love and are gifted at prose. As both speakers and appreciators. The title figures of her play, “Michael & Edie,” work in a second-hand bookstore in a … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Lives — Walnut Street Theatre

Kathleen Wallace slides into Noel Coward bons mots with a delicious subtlety that contrasts well with her nimbly gymnastic and diabolically satirical takeoff on Merce Cunningham-Martha Graham modernism when a … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Closer — Luna Theater

The dialogue alone in Patrick Marber’s play, “Closer,” offers enough excellence to celebrate. Marber is a playful writer. The byplay he provides his characters shows their universal sophistication and intelligence. … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

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