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We Can Still Fly

We Can Still Fly

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | More often than not, theatrical meditations on mortality tend to be dismal affairs. But red-hot playwright Sarah Ruhl, who has earned plaudits for plays such as “Stage Kiss” and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” has solved the problem in her latest effort by expertly grafting on elements of the beloved children’s story “Peter […]

Just Do Art: The Awkward Adolescence Edition

Just Do Art: The Awkward Adolescence Edition

BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  AUTHOR READING: “LORDS OF THE SCHOOLYARD” | Set in 1970s southern suburbia, long before kids would be driven to suicide by cutting remarks hurled into cyberspace, the merciless tormentors in Ed Hamilton’s debut novel get their results the old-fashioned way — through face-to-face intimidation, made all the easier by adults who […]

The Past Is Prologue

The Past Is Prologue

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The new revue “Prince of Broadway” has its charms, notably in the high power talent on the stage singing their hearts out in a progression of songs from shows spanning six decades. It should be enjoyed for its variety show appeal rather than as a coherent musical — or a thematic revue, […]

Songs of Myself

Songs of Myself

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Giving Michael Moore the benefit of every conceivable doubt, his Broadway foray “The Terms of My Surrender” has an ostensibly noble intent: to encourage people to believe that even one person’s actions can have an impact on society. That’s a serious premise. The problem is that in presenting it, Moore is […]

Just Do Art: As of Aug. 24, 2017

Just Do Art: As of Aug. 24, 2017

BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  “THE PLANTATION” — AN IMMERSIVE ADAPTATION OF “THE CHERRY ORCHARD” | First presented in 2015 — when pivotal anniversary dates in Civil War and Civil Rights history coincided — Brave New World Repertory Theatre’s post-emancipation, southern plantation adaptation of “The Cherry Orchard” calls Charlottesville to mind as it immerses the audience […]

‘Unatamed!’ Sings the Praises of Opera’s Wild Side

‘Unatamed!’ Sings the Praises of Opera’s Wild Side

BY TRAV S.D. | No matter what you do in life, you’ve got to start somewhere. If you’re an opera singer, that may not be so easy. The dell’Arte Opera Ensemble hopes to address that. From Aug. 12-27, the company will bring its 15th Annual Summer Festival (this year titled “Untamed!”) to downtown performance behemoth La […]

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

The Entertainment is as Free as the Air

BY TRAV S.D. | A few weeks ago, one might have been forgiven for predicting that free outdoor productions in New York, in particular those of Shakespeare plays, would soon be heading for the hills. The Public Theater’s controversial Trump-themed production of “Julius Caesar” inflamed passions throughout the entire country. Many theaters received angry letters […]

Funny Money

Funny Money

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The Broadway juggernaut “Hamilton” stunned critics and audiences alike by injecting new life into a musty, iconic American statesman well over 200 years old. So perhaps dramatist Peter Kellogg figured, why not create a musical promoting one of Hamilton’s equally brilliant and colorful contemporaries, Benjamin Franklin? “Money Talks: The Musical,” which […]

EPIC Players Act on Inclusion of the ‘Alter-Abled’

EPIC Players Act on Inclusion of the ‘Alter-Abled’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Guided by a vision whose ambition handily matches the scale of its name, EPIC Players theatre company is comprised of alter-abled actors, designers, and technicians who study, train, and work alongside their “neurotypical” counterparts. This acronym-friendly troupe is so inclusive, EPIC (“Empower. Perform. Include. Create.”) even found a way to embrace […]

Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

Play’s Vision of Integrated Infantry Casts Women Who Saw Combat

“Bullet Catchers” imagines the US Army’s first mixed gender infantry unit, from training to deployment. | Photo courtesy bulletcatcherstheplay.com. BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | It was less than two years ago — December 2015 — that the last barriers barring women from certain combat positions finally fell. Now, the new play “Bullet Catchers” envisions a […]

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