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Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams

Olivia Washington and Saundra Santiago in 'The Glass Menagerie' Photo by Russ Rowland

Opening-night jitters didn't bring down the excellent debut of a new Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to bringing theater classics to new audiences. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off Broadway): ‘The Belle of Belfast’

'The Belle of Belfast,' Kate Lydic, Hamish Allan-Headley, Irish Repertory Theatre, Belfast, Ireland

Belfast, Ireland in 1985 is home to the fiery and foul-mouthed Anne Malloy who lives with her Aunt Emma Malloy who seeks the help of the Catholic Church in a frequent confession of her sins which are practically non existant. Anne, too seeks confession, but for a different reason which has more to do with the good looking Father Reilly than salvation of her soul. The Troubles are the backdrop in the lives of the characters, but these individuals have inured themselves to the violence as they try to cope as best they can. The issue is how successfully can you cope when you live in a war zone? Read More »

Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker to Host Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Benefit Marking Yeats’ 150th Birthday Anniversary

sarah jessica parker matthew broderick irish repertory theatre yeats a celebration

The one-night-only show will include performances by Gabriel Byrne, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Errico, Colum McCann, Peter Gallagher, John Slattery ('Mad Men'), and more. Read More »

Interview: Flux Theatre Ensemble’s August Schulenburg on Open Source Theatre

August Schulenburg Flux Theatre Ensemble

Recently Flux began publishing its budget with its Open Book program. Then the company again broke ground by debuting a pay-what-you-can policy it calls Living Ticket. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off Broadway): ‘Ziegfield’s Midnight Frolic’ by Cynthia von Buhler

'Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic,' Cynthia von Buhler, Speakeasy Dollhouse, Liberty Theater, Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age

In her day Ziegfeld Follies star Olive Thomas was a celebrity and beauty who was Ziegfeld's mistress. Her life took an interesting turn when she married Jack Pickford and took an even more eventful turn when she went with him to the lavish Hotel Ritz in Paris. Behind the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties style and scantily dressed Ziegfeld Follies girls is the story of Olive Thomas and Ziegfield's Midnight Frolic. And what a story it is. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ by Christopher Durang

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, Classic Theatre, San Antonio

The Classic Theatre finishes off its 2014-15 season with a well-mounted production of Christopher Durang's Tony-winning comedy. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Angry Housewives’ at ArtsWest

The cast of "Angry Housewives." Photo by Michael Brunk.

After a long run in the '80s, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that today 'Angry Housewives' is a quaint crowd-pleaser. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Dinner With The Boys’ By and Starring Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria, Ray Abruzzo, Richard Zavaglia, 'Dinner With The Boys'

Charlie and Dom are hiding out in a remote area of New Jersey expecting a dinner guest, Big Anthony Jr. They know this dinner will be a reckoning with Big Anthony. In fact it may be the last supper for one or both of them. Only, who is playing the part of Judas? Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

Astoria Performing Arts CenterMerrily We Roll Along

Sondheim's brilliant songs make this troubled, sad, unusual musical worth seeing anywhere and anywhen, and the new production at the Astoria Performing Arts Center is a solid one. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Six Rounds of Vengeance’ by Qui Nguyen and Vampire Cowboys

Jamie Dunn (Jess December) and Nicky Schmidlein (Queen Mad) in 'Six Rounds of Vengeance.' Photo by Theresa Squire

Stylized fight sequences, monsters and vampires, and a post-apocalyptic dystopia, all painted with a broad comic palette. And a sweet, tragic love story too. Read More »