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By Ben Siegel » Friday, June 24, 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

By Ben Siegel » Sunday, May 8, 2016

On the surface, “Judgment at Nuremberg” is a play about justice for the Holocaust. It is a fictionalized version of the landmark Nuremberg Trials that tried German civil officers for their actions, both passive or aggressive, in what was arguably the greatest threat on humanity of the last century. But look closer... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, May 7, 2016

There’s something instantly irresistible about a play that opens with an argument between a woman and her record player. That is the deceptively lighthearted introduction the gifted playwright Dominique Morisseau wrote for “Detroit ’67,” her smart, heart-wrenching and often humorous look at life on the west side... Read More

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