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By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, May 22, 2015

“Sweet Charity,” one of the strangest but most inspired musicals of the 1960s, demands an awful lot of its cast.Even if a production hits all the humorous notes of Neil Simon’s... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, May 22, 2015

It appears that the Shaw Festival has gone out of its mind.At least that’s the immediate impression one gets after the lights go up on Jackie Maxwell’s production of “Peter and... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, May 21, 2015

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont.– There are few better plays about commitment-phobia than George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell,” a seaside fantasia frothing with wit and... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Everyone needs a little gospel. That’s the feeling walking out – strutting, as it were, for me, for most – of “How I Got Over,” the original new play written and directed by Paulette D.... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“People are eggs,” Matt Friedman says, “they’re fragile and separate, but also alike and ready to hatch into new life if all goes well.” Sally Talley lets this metaphor, the latest one from... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – The opening scene of the Shaw Festival’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea,” now in the Court House Theatre, is a thing of terrifying... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” is a theatrical narrative in the vein of “Sex and the City” or “Girls,” except everyone keeps her clothes on and we never see the guys, we just hear about... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The 19th century American poet, essayist and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, obviously never met Emanuel Fried. But, he certainly had someone like “Manny” in mind when he said these words:... Read More

By Matt Chandler » Saturday, May 9, 2015

The one-man show is a delicate dance. No cast mates to pick up the slack when you fall flat on a line. No graceful exit to the wings while others take the lead. And no one to point the finger at if... Read More

By Leigh Giangreco » Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The American Repertory Theater’s premiere of its last show of the season, “Rust Belt Grotesque,” bid a bittersweet farewell to its home at ART in the Box. After May 23, ART’s audiences... Read More

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