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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Parisian Woman by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Inspired by Henri Becque’s notorious 1885 "La Parisienne," credited as the first Naturalistic French play, Willimon has taken its plot, characters and themes of sex, adultery, betrayal and…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Indians by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In the central character of Buffalo Bill Cody, Michael Hardart plays only the one role. The play seems to be his coming to terms with the mythologizing of his achievements. Although twice he…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

20th Century Blues by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

There is nothing much very wrong with Susan Miller’s '20th Century Blues" that a few more revelations or dustups wouldn’t solve. Beth Dixon, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Polly Draper, Kathry…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Pride and Prejudice by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While this is not a Bedlam production as was Hamill’s hugely successful stage version of Austen’s second published novel, "Sense and Sensibility," director Amanda Dehnert has staged the …

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Peter Pan (Bedlam) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Such changes as Captain Hook being a woman or Tinker Bell speaking French are neither explained nor meaningful, while some of the doubling simply makes the play hard to follow as the charact…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Office Hour by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Not only is Julia Cho’s "Office Hour" rivetingly acted by Sue Jean Kim and Ki Hong Lee, it is one of the few plays in recent memory to tackle a major social problem and offer an explanatio…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Illyria by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The conversations revolve around the topics of the New York Shakespeare Festival’s poor finances in 1958, Vaughan’s defection to the Phoenix Theatre which was paying a living wage while …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

M. Butterfly by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Inspired by the true case of an affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu from 1960 – 1986 which led to a trial for espionage, Hwang’s problem …

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Prague, 1912 (The Savoy Café Yiddish Theatre) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

There is a fascinating story to be told in Franz Kafka’s involvement with the Yiddish theater in Prague during 1912 but Lu Hauser’s play isn’t it. "Prague, 1912 (The Savoy Café Yiddis…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Romantic Trapezoid by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem is that under Albert Bonilla’s stolid and matter-of-fact direction, Elizabeth Ingham and Zack Calhoon's characters never come alive. Just trading quips is not a sophisticated s…

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Of Thee I Sing (MasterVoices) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Leave it to George S. Kaufman and collaborator Morrie Ryskind (the Marx Brothers’ "The Cocoanuts," "Animal Crackers," "A Night at the Opera" as well as the Gershwins’ "Strike Up the Band…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Knives in Hens by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the script describes the setting as simply a “rural place,” British and European productions apparently have set the play in medieval times. It is definitely pre-industrial as the …

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Occupied Territories by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Well-meaning and sincere," Occupied Territories" is both generic and stereotyped, offering a story television and the movies have been offering for years: the traumatic effect of a father’…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dolores Claiborne by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

King’s "Dolores Claiborne" would seem a strange choice for dramatization as the book is a monologue told entirely by its protagonist at a police interrogation over a murder on Little Tall …

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bells Are Ringing by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Boycott gets to sing a bounty of scintillating songs including “It’s A Perfect Relationship,” “Is It A Crime?,” “I’m Goin’ Back” and her duets with Heuser in “Better Than…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Lonely Planet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In Jonathan Silverstein’s production, Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath as two friends who handle their fears of an unnamed epidemic in opposite ways do not seem to connect as real friends wou…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Measure for Measure (Elevator Repair Service) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director John Collins, founder of ERS, has set the play in an office or conference room with three long tables (in Jim Findlay’s design which eventually grows tiresome)  and a great many …

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Home Place by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It is possible to enjoy Brian Friel’s "The Home Place" without knowing the background to this historical play set in rural Ireland in 1878 as a Chekhovian representation of a world about t…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mud by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the acting is compelling, the threesome does not reveal many layers to their characters; they establish a persona and stick to it, without divulging any further information. As Mae, Ni…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Desperate Measures by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While not all musicals from Shakespeare have worked and updates are particularly risky, "Desperate Measures" avoids all of the pitfalls and is a refreshing and satisfying work in its own rig…

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Androboros: Villain of the State by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Ralph Lewis, apparently not trusting the material – or finding the play too dated – has staged a carnival-esque version (adapted by S.M. Dale in June 2016) which includes 16 son…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Apple Tree by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Part of the problem is the lack of innovation in Ray Roderick’s staging in this show which calls out for invention and clever handling of sets and props. Devin Vogel’s colorless stage de…

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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director Kimberly Senior who also piloted the Chicago production has staged the play with elegance, she never really turns up the heat so that there are not many sparks in Carter’…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Show-Off by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The central character is actually Mrs. Fisher who worries about her children and plots to open Amy’s eyes to her husband’s faults. Unfortunately, Annette O’Toole has been directed to p…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The new story concerns Wayne Hopkins, an American boy whose parents die tragically and his Uncle Dave informs him that he is a wizard and must attend a special school in England. Wayne is so…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

As You Like It (CSC) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Known as the Shakespeare play with the most song lyrics, the production also includes a deliciously bouncy new score by Stephen Schwartz in different musical styles from the 1920’s – 195…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Charm by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins makes a memorable New York debut with an involving and engrossing play which at the performance under review you could have heard a pin drop, so rapt was th…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Climbers by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play isn’t just about social climbers but those who want to game the system and live beyond their income, and their sense of entitlement rivals that of the 1990’s. However, this is 1…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

On the Shore of the Wide World by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Neil Pepe’s production of Simon Stephens’ "On the Shore of the Wide World" will not please all. The pace is consciously slow – like the life lived by these characters. However, the wai…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Sorcerer (New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

This 1877 operetta, now celebrating its 140th anniversary, has been reduced to the nine major roles and the chorus has been eliminated. The result is a streamlined version that moves along a…

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Loveless Texas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the plot has been reset in Loveless, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1929, it is an improvement over the original story as a romantic comedy: Shakespeare’s version ends wi…

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