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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

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

If a producer was tasked with creating a musical designed to be played on a vintage Atari, the undercooked kitsch-fest that is the touring version of “Dirty Dancing” might be considered a success. But the robotic theatrical version of the popular 1987 movie that opened a six-day run in Shea’s Performing Arts... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Sunday, May 1, 2016

Politics makes you gag, doesn’t it? It’s a gross, slimy, bilious fact. Beau Willimon’s “Farragut North” pulls back a tiny corner of a presidential campaign’s blood-soaked veil. It covers a mere 24 hours in the week before the crucial Iowa caucus, an epic time for an embattled campaign staff. But it feels... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Sunday, May 1, 2016

The audience is in on the con from the start in “Wait Until Dark,” a 1960s thriller that, while showing its age, still has the ability to deliver an exciting climactic punch to a receptive audience. Frederick Knott’s narrative is straightforward: The newlywed Susie Hendrix is confronted in her basement apartment... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Sunday, April 24, 2016

The title of “The Yeats Project” implies something workmanlike and studious, while the reality of “The Yeats Project” on the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s stage is the exact opposite. The show literally has wings. Through an inspired collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater, the spiritual... Read More

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