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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Terrible title, but superb staging in TWTC’s ‘Clothes for a Summer Hotel’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON Tennessee Williams’ last play on Broadway was the terribly titled Clothes for a Summer Hotel, which lasted for 14 performances before it shut down. The play bears the explan…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:18PM
Sunday, September 4, 2022

Billy Crystal and company make ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ look marvelous by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) From the first few lines in the opening number (“We’re Live”) of “Mr. Saturday Night,” it is apparent this is a throwb…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:37PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Only slight alterations needed for ‘Devil Wears Prada’ musical by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL CHICAGO – It’s no secret that the recent opening of The Devil Wears Prada is a mere precursor to its 2023 Broadway run. Although no dates, theater or cast has been announc…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 08:54PM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Kent State, Céspedes join forces for exceptional ‘West Side Story’ at Porthouse by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO In the fall of 1957, I had a mind-blowing experience. I saw the newly opened Broadway production of West Side Story. At the time, all I knew about the show was that it was bas…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:38PM
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pam Gems is still relatable in Lucy Faust and Fat Squirrel’s ‘Dusa, Fish, Stas & Vi’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) One of British playwright Pam Gems’ early stage successes was Dead Fish, which has since been renamed Dusa, Fish, Stas & …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:47AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

TWTC’s ‘Summer and Smoke’ has smoke, lacks fire by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Since its founding, the mission of the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company (TWTC) has been to tell the stories of New Orleans’ …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 03:06PM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Rob McClure’s addition to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ makes stellar cast go nova by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) When the musical Mrs. Doubtfire was preparing to open in 2020, the show became a victim of the forced lockdown of all theaters …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:54AM
Saturday, July 23, 2022

A Holographic Circus: Baryshnikov Art Center’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN I seem to remember reading, in all of the hoopla surrounding the Baryshnikov Art Center’s Production of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, somebody saying “Unlike anything th…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 06:34AM
Monday, July 18, 2022

Choreography is highlight of delightful ‘Something Rotten!’ at Beck Center by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Theater history books refer to The Black Crook, which opened in 1866 in New York, as the first musical.  However, according to Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, the conceivers of …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 02:31PM
Saturday, July 9, 2022

World premiere of Broadway-bound ‘Trading Places’ is a polished gem, ready for display by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) One of the funniest comedies of the big screen of 1983 was “Trading Places,” Eddie Murphy’s sophomore vehicle in which he …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:40AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Hamilton’s national tour in New Orleans by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)               SCROLL DOWN             SCROLL DOWN MORE             KEEP SCROLLING                   …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:59AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Intriguing film documentary travels the Jewish film festival global circuit; world premiere Sun. by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Special to Theatrecriticism.com With a film title like “The Jewish Jail Lady and the Holy Thief,” how could one not be intrigued? This film documentary digs deep into the …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:05AM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Exquisite touring ‘My Fair Lady’ captivates at Connor Palace by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO What do Rogers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser and Cole Porter all have in common?  Yes, they are all composers of American musicals, but they are also just some…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:37AM
Monday, June 6, 2022

‘Belfast Girls’: 3 Months on a Slow Boat to Australia by Alan Smason

Between the years 1848 and 1851 over four thousand Irish females took passage on ships from Ireland to Australia under the Orphan Emigration Scheme, established by Earl Grey. This action had…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 12:45PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Beck Center’s ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’ is more drag than drag show by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Mathew Lopez, the author of The Legend of Georgia McBride – now on stage in the Studio Theatre at Beck Center – also wrote The Inheritance, which, in 2018 was the most hon…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:31AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Teen angst, revenge entertains in ‘Mean Girls’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Tina Fey’s success as a screenwriter for the film “Mean Girls” was supported by her husband Jeff Richmond’s music. So, w…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:42PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

Which Way To the Stage: An Ode to the Theatre, Both On and Off Stage by Alan Smason

By ED RUBIN MCC Theater’s production of Which Way To The Stage running through Saturday, May 28, at the Robert W. Wilson Theater Space at 511 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, is one of the …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:41PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

McDonel shines in her role as Janis Joplin at Le Petit Theatre by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré has been trying to bring Janis Joplin to New Orleans for more than two years and, as any music …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 08:02AM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Jason Petty’s ‘Lonesome Tour’ Hank Williams tribute show is a winner by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON Jason Petty strides onto the stage of BB’s Stage Door Canteen wearing a classic white country and western suit. On the sleeves and lapels are black musical notes and staffs …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:39PM
Sunday, May 15, 2022

NOLA Project makes comical landfall in ‘Treasure Island’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) When Robert Louis Stevenson penned his classic tale of buccaneers and buried booty, “Treasure Island,” he could not have had…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:41AM
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Judy Garland impersonator brings back the rainbow in ‘Get Happy’ by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL (MILWAUKEE, WI.) – The most surprising thing about Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland is that the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has taken so long to bring this sho…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:21AM

Kids rule in Rivertown’s production of ‘Matilda’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”) It seems children’s writer Roald Dahl and his dark prose will never go out of fashion. More than 30 years after his death, the…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:27AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Intimate comedy-thriller ‘Deathtrap’ pleases at Teatro Wego! Theater by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON Most lovers of literature will consider Ira Levin for his best-selling novels “Rosemary’s Baby” “The Stepford Wives,” “A Kiss Before Dying,” and “The Boys from…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 06:32AM
Friday, April 29, 2022

CVREP’s perceptive comedy ‘Native Gardens’ scores on many levels by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Desert Local News (PALM SPRINGS, CA.) – As the early scenes of playwright Karen Zacarias’ 2019 comedy play-with-a-bite unfolds, one would think “I’ve seen this play /s…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 05:44AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

World premiere puts a different spin on ‘Hamlet’ by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL MILWAUKEE, WI – Although it’s not “official,” playwright Bill Cain and Milwaukee’s Next Act Theatre seem to be having a love affair or, at least, a mutual admiration…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 06:55AM
Saturday, April 23, 2022

Terrific ‘Harmony’ extends its NYTF world premiere run by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) It’s taken 25 years for Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman to birth their baby, but Harmony: A New Musical, with direction and ch…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:10AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Resplendent ‘Cinderella’ is a singing delight for JPAS by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) When Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II set out to write Cinderella, their only musical to be aired over the nascent mediu…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 01:15PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Looking for signs of strife in Nina Raine’s ‘Tribes’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) The debate over mainstreaming children of special needs has raged in this country for many years with advocates on both sides ma…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:04AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

GLT’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ finishes at Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Shakespeare, in his comedies, writes of trickery, false accusations, restoration of harmony and romance. He uses lots of double entendre and encourages fun and farce as well as …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 06:36AM
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. finishing three satires of namesake playwright by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON If, as the adage says, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then satire must be the epitome of adoration. Two one-act plays by famed playwright Christopher Durang and …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:03PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Swordplay and romance in ‘Cyrano’ at PCT in Palm Springs by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Desert Local News Its springtime in Palm Springs, CA. and love is in the air, especially, on stage at the Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) where bravado and bragging go hand in hand …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 01:06AM

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