Friday, July 26, 2013

NY Review: “Monkey: Journey to the West” by Richard Scheinin

There’s everything but synchronized swimming in “Monkey: Journey to the West.” With its acrobats, martial artists and contortionists, its death-defying slack-rope walkers, …

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Tennessee Williams’ “The Two-Character Play” by Richard Scheinin

“The Two-Character Play” is Tennessee Williams to the hilt — a world turned in on itself, a closed-circuit system of madness and memories. Williams once called it his ̶…

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Broadway-bound Diner musical to be postponed? by Karen D'Souza

The hottest dish out of the New York press this afternoon is the gossip that the “Diner” musical, based on the ’80s cult classic, may not be having an out of town tryout in…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

“The Hobbit”: Our favorite 5 lines from “Lord of the Rings” by Karen D'Souza

Wizards and Orcs and trolls — oh, my! “The Hobbit” is on its way to movie theaters and “One Man Lord of the Rings” just made its regional premiere at San Jose R…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pandora’s box and exceptional “Clybourne Park” by Richard Scheinin

In playwright Bruce Norris’s “Clybourne Park,” there’s a well-meaning ’50s housewife named Bev — tall, blond, sunny and always nervously gesticulating …

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

“Peter and the Starcatcher” flies by Richard Scheinin

In the age of “Spider-Man” extravagance on Broadway, “Peter and the Star Catcher”  is very minimal, very smart, very funny, totally charming and ingenious. I saw it …

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Final curtain on Ashland by Karen D'Souza

So many delights this trip from the warmth of the locals to the quaintness and coziness of the town. Indeed, I think I just spotted Paul Vincent O’Connor, an Ashland vet who was also s…

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Farewell Ashland by Karen D'Souza

Clouds hang over the town as if to bid this visitor farewell. Opening weekend always goes far too quickly. Yesterday was my best day, a sublime matinee of Seagull, and a lovely, if slight, W…

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ashland: Day Three by Karen D'Souza

Spectacular breakfast at Lark’s this morning. Pulled pork & eggs. Who knew? Also had a side of delightful conversation with a drama prof, who does hilarious but loving impersonatio…

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Ashland musings by Karen D'Souza

Winding down this summer’s theatrical marathon in Ashland. One show remains: Mary Zimmerman’s “White Snake.” Yet I find myself almost reluctant to see anything after …

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Bardathon by Karen D'Souza

Shakespeare is in the air, indeed, just ask the gold-lame Bard raising donations to erect a statue of old Will.

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A midsummer night’s Ashland by Karen D'Souza

Sweater? Check. Jacket? You betcha. Boots? Of course. It may be balmy in the Rogue River Valley right now but I’ve been fooled by Mother Nature far too many times at outdoor Shakespear…

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ashland: critic’s notebook by Karen D'Souza

A bikini-clad Helen of Troy parties poolside, Cressida cloaks her face in a head scarf and the troops lob hand grenades in Rob Melrose’s shock and awe “Troilus and Cressida.̶…

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Good morning, Ashland by Karen D'Souza

Serendipity. Decided against making the trek to Morning Glory, home of the delish crab omelette, and instead went for a browse at Bloomsbury books. Rewarded by discovery of garden/patio behi…

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Ashland Daytrippin’ by Karen D'Souza

All’s well. People watching, coffee sipping and overhearing the impressive dramaturgical insights of a London family on their first visit to Ashland. Right now, I’m feeling quite…

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Postcard: Ashland by Karen D'Souza

Espresso will have to wait. First perhaps a spot of shoe shopping and cat watching. See: Athos at Lithia Park shoes.

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Ashland snapshot by Karen D'Souza

Unspeakably pretty on the bricks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Nothing like seeing the Bard under the stars. Alas, sometimes Mother Nature makes a special guest appearance, …

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Ashland Buzz by Karen D'Souza

One of my favorite things about Ashland is how deeply invested people here are in the theatuh! Everywhere you go people are dishing about the plays. So far the buzz is full-on raves for Mary…

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Ashland: roadtrip by Karen D'Souza

Day One Basking in the ’20s vibe in vintage Ashland Springs Hotel. Sort of reminds me of the grand old Biltmore in LA, both are period gems that make you want to drink martinis with 2 …

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Hie thee to Ashland by Karen D'Souza

I’ve been coming to Ashland since the days of grunge and Doc Martins, the ’90s, but in these parts that makes me a newbie. Die hard Bard buffs have been coming here for far longe…

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Ashland snapshot by Karen D'Souza

If you’re a theater buff on a budget, remember that there are always free Green Shows on the bricks before the curtain goes up at OSF’s three stages.

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Ashland tidbit by Karen D'Souza

The Ashland Springs Hotel is a quirky 20s gem. One of the cool parts of this historic spot is the odd little curios in every corner. In this case a nautical theme of bottles and shells.

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Ashland by night by Karen D'Souza

End of Day One in Ashland. After two plays, six hours of theater-going, one’s legs feel underused as the final curtain falls. How marvelous to stroll the streets of this charming lit…

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Ashland notes by Karen D'Souza

Famous thespians who have stayed at this grand old dame of a hotel, now the Ashland Springs, include Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Helen Hunt.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Road trip: Ashland by Karen D'Souza

Once more unto the breach! Hitting the road for Ashland tomorrow. My annual OSF marathon begins, officially launching SUMMER vacation, if you are a theater critic and your idea of down time …

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

New play guru Meredith McDonough leaves TheatreWorks for Actors Theatre of Louisville by Karen D'Souza

  New play maven Meredith McDonough is leaving TheatreWorks to become associate artistic director at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The gifted McDonough ran the troupe’s prestigiou…

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi” still sparks controversy by Karen D'Souza

Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi,” often dubbed the gay Jesus play, has been sparking controversy since it debuted in New York 14 years ago. Now a new documentary about a…

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Explosive Iraq drama “Black Watch” headlines new ACT season by Karen D'Souza

The explosive Iraq war drama “Black Watch,” staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, and the world premiere of the hip-hop opera “Stuck Elevator” will headline the…

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hot playwrights star at Berkeley Rep’s new summer lab by Karen D'Souza

Forty of the country’s hottest playwrights will converge at Berkeley Rep’s new summer theater lab at the Ground Floor, the troupe’s Center for the Creation and Development …

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twitter Happy Hour at Bay Area Newspaper Group by Karen D'Souza

Mojitos all around! You are cordially invited to our Twitter Happy Hour tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 5 in the Twitterverse. We’ll be chatting about “Hunger Games” and “Ame…

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OMG the new “Diner” tuner will debut in SF by Karen D'Souza

The world premiere of the ’80s flashback “Diner” musical and the Broadway revival of the tap-happy “Anything Goes” are among the highlights of the 2012-13 SHN s…

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