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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Frankenstein by Vanessa Cate

Frankenstein Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Four Larks Closed RECOMMENDED “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantas…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

punkplay by Vanessa Cate

punkplay Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Circle X Theatre Co. Through December 21 RECOMMENDED For anyone who grew up as an outsider, Gregory S. Moss’s punkplay packs the sweetness of nostalg…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mono/Poly by Vanessa Cate

Mono/Poly Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Tubeman Productions Through November 10th RECOMMENDED Love and sex are complicated, and although they are a necessary part of our human existence, not…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dr. Rocket’s Twilight Carnival by Vanessa Cate

Dr. Rocket’s Twilight Carnival Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Nocturnal Fandango ClosedRECOMMENDED It’s midnight. I pull up to a series of worn buildings and homes on a dark street in the …

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Pockets by Vanessa Cate

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Friday, June 21, 2019

The Last Five Years by Vanessa Cate

The Last Five Years Reviewed by Vanessa Cate After Hours Theatre Company Through July 14  Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 The Last Five Years is a musical lamentation of a failed relationsh…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Magic as Medium by Vanessa Cate

Magic as Medium Reviewed by Katie Buenneke Underground Annex Through June 28 RECOMMENDED Almost every time he does a trick, magician Siegfried Tieber seems as delighted and surprised as…

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The Narcissist Next Door by Vanessa Cate

The Narcissist Next Door Reviewed by Stephen Fife Table of Fun Productions Through June 2 If you’ve ever wondered why sitcoms are only 30 minutes rather than an hour or longer, then dr…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019


DOUBLE FALSEHOOD Reviewed by Stephen Fife The Porters of Hellsgate Through June 16 William Shakespeare is the greatest playwright in the English language. Right?It’s hard to argue with…

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Lear/Loman by Vanessa Cate

Lear/Loman Reviewed by Terry Morgan 2Cents Theatre Group Through June 30 It begins with mad old King Lear (Leon Russom) standing on a table and raging against yet more “cataracts and h…

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The Book of Briarshire by Vanessa Cate

The Book of Briarshire Reviewed by Terry Morgan Good Shows Through June 30 In a medieval kingdom, young warrior Ylva (Kelly Moore) has been tasked by the King (Celeste Pechous) to slay a…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Glass Menagerie by Vanessa Cate

The Glass Menagerie Reviewed by Vanessa Cate A Noise Within Through April 26  It’s the 1930s in St. Louis, and Tom Wingfield is suffocating. Figuratively. In an apartment building wr…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest by Vanessa Cate

The Importance of Being Earnest Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Crown City Theatre Through March 31 Crown City Theatre tackles Oscar Wilde, and the poor guy is left standing, though not after b…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Too Heavy for your Pocket by Vanessa Cate

Too Heavy for your Pocket Reviewed by Vanessa Cate Sacred Fools Theater Company Through March 2 Jiréh Breon Holder’s kitchen-sink drama spotlights the lives of two African-American co…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Welcome to Illyria! by Vanessa Cate

Welcome to Illyria! Reviewed by Angie Hoover The Four Clowns Theater Company Through December 16 RECOMMENDED Welcome To Illyria is a joyful, interactive imagining of Shakespeare’s The…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

She Loves Me by Vanessa Cate

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Gray People by Vanessa Cate

Gray People Reviewed by Lovell Estell III Force of Nature Productions Through November 18 RECOMMENDED In his well touted 2018 Fringe Festival Play Wounded, playwright Kerry Kazmierowicz…

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The Animal Monologues by Vanessa Cate

The Animal Monologues  Reviewed by Dana Martin  Bootleg Theater  Through November 18th Lemmings and mountain lions and rescue dogs — oh my! The Animal Monologues is a one-woman show w…

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Desert Rats by Vanessa Cate

Desert Rats Reviewed by Julia Stier Latino Theatre Company Through November 18 “She is a transaction, not a human being.”In Nate Rufus Edelman’s new play Desert Rats — premiering…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Woman Who Went To Space As A Man by Vanessa Cate

The Woman Who Went To Space As A Man  Reviewed by Paul Birchall  Son of Semele Ensemble  Through November 18 There’s nothing like a literary trickster. Before Google, a writer could ge…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Journey This by Vanessa Cate

Journey This  Reviewed by Dana Martin  Lounge Theatre  Though November 11th RECOMMENDEDCheray O’Neal is destroying the notion that stoic women rarely weep. In her one-person Journey T…

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Winter Solstice by Vanessa Cate

Winter Solstice Reviewed by Katie Buenneke  City Garage Theatre  Through November 25 It is abundantly clear that Roland Schimmelpfenig, the playwright of Winter Solstice, currently makin…

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The Little Foxes by Vanessa Cate

The Little Foxes Reviewed by Iris Mann  Antaeus Theatre Company  Through December 10 RECOMMENDED They just don’t write them like this anymore. Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes run…

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Vietgone by Vanessa Cate

Vietgone Reviewed by Terry Morgan East West Players Through November 18 RECOMMENDED Translating personal experiences or family history into theatre can be a tricky proposition. On the on…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Vanessa Cate

A Picture of Dorian Gray Reviewed by Vanessa Cate A Noise Within Through November 16  RECOMMENDED “The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bacchae by Vanessa Cate

Bacchae Reviewed by Vanessa Cate  SITI Company  Through September 29 Dionysus has to be one of the coolest gods out there, especially for theatre die-hards. As the only surviving play th…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cry It Out by Vanessa Cate

Cry It Out Reviewed by Terry Morgan Echo Theater Company Through August 19  RECOMMENDED  Caring for an infant is an important part of life, yet its difficulties are rarely depicted in…

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Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow by Vanessa Cate

Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian Write Act Repertory Through July 22 Perhaps one of the best known historical figures of the 20th century, Winston Chu…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Vanessa Cate

A Midsummer Night's Dream Reviewed by Gray Palmer Independent Shakespeare Company Through September 2 Though many fine qualities of Independent Shakespeare Company's approach are evident…

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Our Very Own Carlin McCullough by Vanessa Cate

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough Reviewed by Lara J. Altunian The Geffen Playhouse Through July 29 RECOMMENDED Growing pains are the main theme of Amanda Peet’s Our Very Own Carlin McCu…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pump Boys and Dinettes by Vanessa Cate

Pump Boys and Dinettes Reviewed by Julia Stier  Sierra Madre Playhouse Through July 29  The Sierra Madre Playhouse is serving up a slice of life on Highway 57 with Pump Boys and Dinettes.…

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