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By Ted Hadley » Saturday, July 23, 2016

Antonin Cimolino, the Stratford (Ontario) Festival artistic director, describing his 2016 play choices, has said this about his themes: “No defeat can be more devastating than the vanquishing of the spirit; no victory more exhilarating than the triumph of the heart.” Succinctly, that is the 2016 Stratford season in a... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, July 8, 2016

You must love “Evita.” This is the aching imperative made clear in the first dissonant notes of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most inventive musical, a flawed story about a flawed figure flecked with moments of transcendent beauty. And try as you may to avoid her charms, she’s liable to win you over in the end. Local... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Saturday, June 25, 2016

Opening nights on Shakespeare Hill are becoming a real treat. Last season saw the commemoration of Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s fortieth season of free outdoor theater. On Thursday, the 41st season kicked off with a ribbon cutting on the company’s brand-new stage, paid for by an aggressive community-supported... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We could all use a laugh this week. After one of the most horrific shootings in American history and its emotional fallout, a little theatrical escapism seems called for. In moments like this, the theater serves to remind us of our collective humanity, to alleviate the pain of the moment and to transport us for a couple... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, June 10, 2016

The Shaw Festival’s “Alice in Wonderland” is a big budget production in search of a big idea.And about five minutes into an evening of tepid songs, awkward performances and clunky video animations, it’s clear that the big idea is never going to arrive.The show, which runs through Oct. 16 in the Festival Theater,... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Saturday, June 4, 2016

There is one reason to see “An Ideal Husband” at Irish Classical Theatre, and that is Ben Michael Moran. As Lord Goring, the dandy of a stand-in for playwright Oscar Wilde’s in his talky tale of blackmail and marriage, Moran could not possibly have more fun. He glides through his scenes as the disinterested party... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Sunday, May 29, 2016

There is a unique pleasure that comes from watching an ensemble click – a pleasure separate from the pleasure gained from the show itself.And when it happens, what a treat! “Click” they do in O’Connell & Company’s closing show of the season, Stephen Sondheim’s landmark musical “Company.”The singing is... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, May 21, 2016

There’s no better antidote to cynicism than the famous penultimate lines of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” in which the ghost of a young woman speaks about the microscopic pleasures of life before trudging back to her grave. “Wait!” says the girl, played in the Shaw Festival’s production by Kate Besworth.... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, May 12, 2016

Every once in a while, you need a good cry. And there are few more efficient routes to tear-driven catharsis than a production of A.R. Gurney’s endlessly rewatchable play “Love Letters,” running through May 22 in the 710 Main Theatre in an often riveting production starring ’70s film stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Thursday, May 12, 2016

“The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” begins after the dust has settled, with two houses in ruins, two pigs digested and one suspect in custody awaiting trial. In this musical version of the fable, the wolf has devoured the pigs in the houses of straw and sticks, but he did not drop down the third pig’s brick... Read More

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