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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Measure for Measure (The Acting Company) by Mark Dundas Wood

William Shakespeare’s "Measure for Measure" (circa 1604)—the story of a woman who is sexually victimized by a man in power—seems as though it would lend itself to an adaptation crafted…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Patience by Mark Dundas Wood

Unfortunately, Daniel’s ambivalence proves to be an impediment to the success of Patience. It would be one thing if he were a strong character, torn about which path he’ll take moving fo…

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

In the Penal Colony by Mark Dundas Wood

Playwright and director Miranda Haymon has, like numerous dramatists before her, dramatized this story—except that she has significantly repurposed it. Working with three African-American …

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Rent Party by Mark Dundas Wood

"Rent Party" is billed as a show for the whole family, but it will be of real interest primarily to preteen children. At that, it seems a rather dull outing. The actors here tend to speak in…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Dog Man: The Musical by Mark Dundas Wood

Kids may love this show—and the Dog Man books themselves—largely because the outlandish situations are similar to scenarios in their own hyper-imaginative make-believe play. Except that,…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand by Mark Dundas Wood

Diversity, inclusion and curious sins of omission in a new book on the "greatest star." The post Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand appeared first on Clyde Fitch Repor…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Imminently Yours by Mark Dundas Wood

The comedy "Imminently Yours," written by the mononymous “Karimah” and staged by The Negro Ensemble Company, is largely about the importance to communities of honoring their “elders.…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

[Veil Widow Conspiracy] by Mark Dundas Wood

The set designer (Yu-Hsuan Chen) and lighting designer (Reza Behjat) have obviously worked collaboratively to create some effective—and often beautiful—stage pictures. Loops of light are…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Square Go by Mark Dundas Wood

Scottish playwrights Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair explore the murky pre-adult domain with candor and humor in "Square Go," an appealing two-hander directed by Finn Den Hertog and featuring …

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lone Star by Mark Dundas Wood

Such lukewarm response may be attributable, at least in part, to the changing times. Lone Star focuses on a not-so-old Good Ol’ Boy from rural Texas named Roy (de Rogatis). He’s a Vietna…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Butterflies by Mark Dundas Wood

"Butterflies," which won the Mario Fratti Award at New York’s “In Scena!” theater festival in 2016, has been translated by Carlotta Brentan and directed by Jay Stern in a production at…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Feral by Mark Dundas Wood

All of this is brought to life via digital camera, which captures the movement of the figures on a quickly assembled “set” that is, in effect, a whole miniature seaside town, with busine…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined by Mark Dundas Wood

Eve Wolf’s new play for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, titled "Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined," suggests that the real-life Andersen might actually have appreci…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone by Mark Dundas Wood

Claire Kiechel’s "Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone" (directed by Steve Cosson) gives audiences a glimpse of the last stand of the author’s great grand-uncle, a dancer-actor-painter-sculptor wh…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Killing Time by Mark Dundas Wood

This British production is a family effort, as Forsyth and Mills are mother and daughter in real life. The play is worth seeing primarily for the sharp and uncompromising performance of Fors…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid Off by Mark Dundas Wood

Celebrating 10 years of storytelling and soul-bearing with a great new anthology. The post Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid Off appeared first on Clyde Fitch Report.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Miracle in Rwanda by Mark Dundas Wood

The one-woman show "Miracle in Rwanda"—starring Malaika Uwamahoro and directed by George Drance—relates the true-life experiences of Immaculée Ilibagiza. As a young woman, she survived …

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Bathsheba’s Psalms, Or a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath by Mark Dundas Wood

Ranger spins the story for a 2019 audience mindful of and vigilant about sex and gender issues—especially those involving consent, privilege and toxic masculinity. The play transpires in a…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

What the Constitution Means to Me by Mark Dundas Wood

The premise of the show (directed by Oliver Butler) is that the 2019 Schreck has decided to recreate one of the many presentations she participated in at American Legion halls around the cou…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Shareholder Value by Mark Dundas Wood

Attea’s point concerns business models that are overly focused on the needs of shareholders, rather than on those of management and employees. But the play is curiously bloodless. Strong p…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Fat Lady Sings by Mark Dundas Wood

Jean-Claude van Itallie, one of the key figures in New York’s Off-Off Broadway theater in the 1960’s, takes on Trumpian politics in his new play, "The Fat Lady Sings" (directed by David …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Strangers in the World by Mark Dundas Wood

You may leave "Strangers" with mixed reactions. The proceedings onstage may make you feel as disoriented and tetchy as the villagers themselves. The characters’ words as they vainly try to…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Death of a Driver by Mark Dundas Wood

The play is carefully plotted, and the tragic action that Snider builds runs its course in a logical, plausible fashion. But something about "Death of a Driver" never quite catches fire. The…

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish by Mark Dundas Wood

The property is now more than a half-century old. But this production makes it seem as though the 1964 iteration were merely an English-language version of a classic from even longer ago. Th…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Billie, Malcolm & Yusef by Mark Dundas Wood

Thompson does good work as Billie—she looks like her and sounds like her when singing. Too bad, though, that her songs are all ballads. It would have been nice to hear her sing something m…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Thelonious! by Mark Dundas Wood

Welch and the play’s director, Jonathan Weber, seem to be going for a sort of Ionesco-esque ambience here. The story unfolds in a broadly played, cartoonish way. Occasionally, a satirical …

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Exposed by Mark Dundas Wood

The play is a thoughtful and illuminating look at the attractions and perils of a career in adult entertainment. Lauren’s story is a cautionary tale, yes, but the underlying attitude of th…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

The American Tradition by Mark Dundas Wood

There are many dimensions to Ray Yamanouchi’s "The American Tradition," directed by Axel Avin, Jr. for the New Light Theater Project. On one level, it’s an adventure story about a daring…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

SKIN by Mark Dundas Wood

Broken Box Mime Theater’s SKIN is a collection of short plays loosely centered around its one-word title. The pieces run the gamut in terms of subject matter, approach and tone. Or course,…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Behind the Sheet by Mark Dundas Wood

Obviously, this is a play for which any sort of a happy ending will be deeply compromised, but what Simpson does so beautifully is show us how these women overcome their suspicions and envy …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Maestro by Mark Dundas Wood

Eve Wolf’s play is essentially a monodrama, with John Noble portraying the title character. The production is a rich one, both visually and aurally. It features an abundance of live music,…

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