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Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘The Hello Girls,’ a New WWI Musical by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel

'The Hello Girls' at 59e59, photo by Richard Termine

A smart, crisply written book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel links a sequence of superb musical numbers, recounting in the best musical-theater tradition the little-known story of the U.S. Army's WWI female telephone switchboard operators.

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Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Two by Friel’ at the Irish Repertory Theatre

Aoife Kelly, Phil Gillen, Lovers: Winners, Two by Friel, Brian Friel, Conor Bagley, Irish Repertory Theatre

How director Conor Begley fashions and melds the two plays together just takes one's breath away. The acting ensemble is extraordinary. Bagley's economically staged direction enhances their creation of life and ineffable soulfulness, and he does his hero Brian Friel justice in these superlative renderings.

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