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Saturday, March 14, 2020

‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’ adaptation closes by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN Surprise of all surprises, the 1969 movie “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” thanks to The New Group and Pershing Square Signature Center, is back in the news again…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Busch gilds the ‘Confession of Lily Dare’ by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN In or out of drag, whether on stage or page, the 65-year-old actor playwright Charles Busch, with some 40 years of show business under his belt, is a force to be reckoned wit…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Coyote Stageworks debut’s a terrific ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at P/S Cultural Center by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Special from Desert Local (PALM SPRINGS, CA.) – Coyote StageWorks, of Palm Springs, presents playwright Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 as the debut produc…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ lost in translation by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN My Name Is Lucy Barton written by Elizabeth Stout and published to a chorus of Hosannas in 2016, is now a one-woman, two-character play – running through Saturday, February…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘Is This A Room’: A Whistleblower’s Nightmare by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN I cannot remember any play that unnerved me to such a degree as the Vineyard Theatre’s production of Tina Satter’s brilliantly conceived Is This A Room. Not only did this…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Le Petit has a smash hit with ‘Something Rotten’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) With its current production of Something Rotten!, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré has set the bar so incredibly high that even …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Money, matrimony & madness in ‘London Assurance’ by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN First things first. Before I delve into the Irish Repertory Theater’s marvelous production of London Assurance by Dublin-born playwright Dion Boucicault (1820-1890) – ext…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The talented, talkative critic: Herbert Simpson (1934-2019) by Alan Smason

By BILL HIRSCHMAN For even those who only knew Herbert Simpson in passing, likely what they remember was his voice – usually deep and sonorous, a bit scratchy, but brimming with passion. T…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’: A conservative fugue by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN Will Arbery’s latest play, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, having been extended two times by popular demand, is now running Off-Broadway through Sunday, November 17, 2019 at …

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Milwaukee’s Marcus Center serves as the room where ‘Hamilton’ happens by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL It has been a long wait, but the people of southeast Wisconsin finally get to be in the room where it happens. Hamilton has arrived. And what a reception it’s getting. The m…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ on Broadway: from the end to the beginning by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN I have often been asked how my plays come about. I cannot say. Nor can I ever sum up my plays, except to say that this is what happened. That is what they said. That is what …

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Karamu Theatre stages Morisseau’s ‘Blue Paradise’ by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Suzan-Lori Parks, Lynn Nottage and Tonya Barfield are noted as emerging African-American playwrights. Another member of that sorority is the award-winning Dominique Morisseau, t…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bard bared: ‘Shakespeare’s R&J’ at convergence-continuum by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO In its off-Broadway production, Shakespeare R&J (which is now on stage at convergence continuum) ran for a year, making it the longest running version of “Romeo and Juliet…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

San Diego’s Old Globe delivers winning comic romp by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Desert Local News “Silly is as silly does,” could easily be the subtitle following the name of the current comedy/farce romp The Underpants, now on stage at the Old Globe…

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World’s greatest love story: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Old Globe in San Diego by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Desert Local News There have been many love stories written about the redemptive power of love in all its art forms: poems, songs, odes, sonnets, essays, novels, movies, and …

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

‘Lobby Hero’ at Blank Canvas asks: What is the moral thing to do? by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Kenneth Lonergan is noted for writing about decent people who are unexpectedly challenged by issues of ethics. In his Lobby Hero, now on stage at Blank Canvas, the 2016 Oscar wi…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Elegance of Yesteryear: ‘Love, Noël’ by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN There are probably greater painters than Noël. Greater novelists than Noël, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comed…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Deadly plight of gays in Uganda seen in ‘The Rolling Stone’ by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN While New York City recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with much hoopla and an enormous traffic-stopping Gay Pride parade that went on well in…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cleavant Derricks stars in Geva world premiere of ‘Revival: The Resurrection of Son House’ by Alan Smason

By HERBERT W. SIMPSON It seems that Geva Theater Center’s long devotion to creating a worthy theater piece devoted to the history of Son House has reached a temporarily completed form in t…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Geva Center Theater’s ‘The Royale’ simple, yet stunning by Alan Smason

By HERBERT W. SIMPSON Virtually all of our leading contemporary repertory theaters now include non-traditional experimental techniques in staging not only original new work but also – even…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Cast remains buoyant in Williams’ ‘Small Craft Warnings’ by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL MILWAUKEE, WI. – A small but energetic theater company, Off the Wall Theatre, has produced a memorable production of one of Tennessee Williams’ later works, Small Craft Wa…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Choreography the highlight of less-than-well-conceived ‘Shrek’ at Beck by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (books and lyrics) developed the creative Shrek: The Musical from DreamWorks Animation’s film and William Steig’s book of the…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Bay Area Musicals’ ‘Crazy for You’ puts Gershwins on tap by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON SAN FRANCISCO — Anyone who has ever seen a Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney film knows that the ills of the world can be transformed by putting on a show, raising needed reven…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Geva Theatre presents case of ‘Thurgood’ through Nov. 16 by Alan Smason

By HERBERT SIMPSON Despite already having knocked people out in splendidly acted versions, this important and enormously appealing play seems to be moving to “National Treasure” status i…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Cleveland Play House’s ‘Woman in Black’ less than it could be by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Susan Hill, author of the book “The Woman in Black,” the source of the play of the same name now being staged at the Cleveland Play House (CPH), relates: “The Suffolk coas…

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God admits he’s imperfect in hysterically funny ‘An Act of God’ at Beck  by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO God, or a facsimile thereof, in the form of Mike Polk Jr., who in his other life is a local comedian and Fox 8 personality, is appearing on the Beck Center for the Arts stage, i…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Geva Theatre revives ‘Hair’ in Rochester by Alan Smason

By HERBERT SIMPSON  I wondered how the old love-rock musical would play these days for an audience of younger folk unfamiliar with Hippie rebellion, flower children, 60s rock music, and a m…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Power’s ‘Seize the King’ is an ambitious reinterpretation of ‘Richard III’ by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS Ambition supposedly killed Caesar, according to Brutus. However, it also became a two-edged sword that cut both ways. Literature is bursting with characters who are infected wi…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Epic Antarctic-set drama gives Portland, Oregon a theatrical adventure by Alan Smason

By LOU HARRY A tip of the (ice) cap to Portland, Oregon’s Artists Repertory Theatre, which has given E.M Lewis’ epic play “Magellanica” a worthy production, even if its cracks show. …

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Sonoma Arts Live finishing fine ‘Gypsy’ by Alan Smason

By HARRY DUKE Musicals are the bread and butter of community theatre. They’re usually crowd pleasers and, with their large casts, can bank on a crowd of family and friends to fill a good p…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Gratuitous gore in ‘Guards at the Taj’ by Alan Smason

By HARRY DUKE It’s 1648 and the splendiferous Taj Mahal awaits its opening. Humayun and Babur, the two lowliest members of Emperor Shah Jahan’s royal guards, are assigned the lowliest du…

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