Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: In Three Crows’ Beauty Queen of Leenane, McDonagh’s Dark Comedy Illuminates

Before last year’s The Banshees of Inisherin… before Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri… before In Bruges… before all the Oscars noms and Tony nods Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has racked […]

Doug Mose /
Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Lightning Strikes With The October Storm in Raven Theatre’s 40th Season Finale

The October Storm is the second in the Grand Boulevard Trilogy by playwright Joshua Allen. It is rare that I see echoes of my life so beautifully written and acted. […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Stages, Theater

Review: Griffin Theatre’s Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle Presents a Charming May-December Romance With a Headscratching Title

Georgie and Alex aren’t exactly a matched pair. She’s American, a bit loud and aggressive; she swears a lot and doesn’t seem to be able to tell the truth about […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: Right to Be Forgotten at Raven Theatre Tells a Compelling Human Story But Neglects the Backstory

“. . .  in the real world, when a minor commits a crime, his record is sealed. When a businessman fails, he can claim bankruptcy and start over. But on the […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: Noel Coward’s Wit Retains Its Flavor in Updated Private Lives at Raven Theatre

Two newly wed couples arrive for their honeymoons at a swank resort hotel in France. Unbeknownst to both couples, the recently divorced mates (one of each) are among the honeymooning […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: Story Theatre is Fire Hot in Debut Production, Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes

Almost everything that is written about the times we live in uses words like troubled, divided, and unprecedented. Various adjectives used by the media are rehashed, and do not get […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Stages, Theater

Review: Raven Theatre Stages The Luckiest, a Play About Love and Family—With an Ironic Title

The Luckiest is the ironic title of a superb play by Melissa Ross, now on stage at Raven Theatre. It’s a play about family, love and relationships and how they matter, […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: Griffin Theatre Company’s Solaris Makes (Human) Contact

Few 20th century works of art have inspired as many adaptations as Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 science fiction classic Solaris: three films, four operas, five plays and an eponymous Hungarian rock […]

Doug Mose /
Stages, Theater

Review: Raven Theatre’s A Doll’s House Ends With That Satisfying Slammed Door

It’s the most famous slammed door in theater history. And it’s the most satisfying slammed door for a feminist. It’s 1879 and that exit signifies Nora Helmer’s departure from husband, […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: At Raven Theatre, Sundown, Yellow Moon Suffers From Pallid Script, Odd Staging

Sundown, Yellow Moon by Rachel Bonds is a family story about twin sisters from the big city who visit their newly divorced father in his barely furnished cabin in the […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: At Raven Theatre, Will Hank’s Bar Survive The Undeniable Sound of Right Now?

First of all, there’s the bar. Jeffrey D. Kmiec’s design of Hank’s Bar is a classic and so realistic you will want to park on a stool and order a […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: Compass Theatre’s What We’re Up Against Shows 1992 Workplace Sexism Is Still Alive and Well

Playwright Theresa Rebeck is a master of dialogue and never hesitates to portray the bad manners of her contemporaries. Her 2011 play, What We’re Up Against, just opened as the […]

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