In Series’ double bill: La Serva Padrona and Trial by Jury (review)

I can’t say enough about the creative minds (and hearts) that plucked these two very different pieces from out of the operatic stratosphere and orchestrated such a satisfyingly delightful experience.

Margulies’ Dinner with Friends from Peter’s Alley (review)

Dinner with Friends starts off innocently enough with a couple describing delicious meals from their recent European excursion. These folks are serious foodies and recount the exquisite Italian cuisine, perfectly complemented wine selections, and top it off reciting actual recipes.  Their dinner guest is obviously missing a plus-one and listens patiently to the jabber, smiling sweetly, […]

Blackberry Daze debuts at MetroStage (review)

The long-awaited Blackberry Daze has the signature style of a MetroStage production with Thomas W. Jones II at the helm, but the piece also swerves its own way with unusual stylistic touches. Based on the novel Blackberry Days of Summer by Ruby P. Watson, it is a tale about a community in the post- “Great War” […]

Deb Margolin’s 8 Stops at Unexpected Stage (review)

Deb Margolin approaches the stage with deliberate movements and looks into the eyes of the audience with the ease of someone comfortable with their own story and on a mission to share. A series of monologues, the opening pieces relay the two basic elements that form the crux of her story-line: a maternal sense of caring, […]

The Second Girl (review)

The Second Girl wonderfully refracts remnants of “old world” social hierarchical values through the lives of two Irish immigrant women working in the kitchen of a New England summer home.  The characters grapple with life transitioning from the old country, fitting in how they can, making do, going through their routines, and becoming part of […]

pen/man/ship at CATF 2016 (review)

This “Maritime Quest for Truth,” starts as passages from a journal or log of an elder statesman on board, Charles Boyd, also referred to as “Sir Charles” because of his sophisticated manner and status.  It’s apparently his boat and mission. He contracted the crew on this voyage of an old whaling ship to Africa in 1896. 

Faction of Fools reprises The Miser (review)

Known for its heightened physical Commedia dell’Arte and mirth, the award winning Faction of Fools Theatre Company takes on Molière’s The Miser for a delightful romp of wit and foolery.  In the hands of the Fools, even the slightest nuance can result in a topple of bodies to aid the interpretation and meaning, and this […]

An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (review)

Daring to take on incendiary subjects of race and slavery is a risky move, but playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is not averse to controversy, and the awards and accolades keep coming – The play won an Obie and acclaim in New York, in addressing “…the complexity of American identities and their unresolvable connection to our legacy […]

riverrun, Finnegans Wake interpreted, part of Ireland 100

Olwen Fouéré stands quietly in the front left corner of the stage. Without saying a word, she exudes a sense of peace, patience, mindfulness and awareness as she watches the audience enter. When the lights go down, she slowly and deliberately begins to move, takes off her shoes and settles to the front of the […]

An American Daughter at Keegan Theatre (review)

A typical Mom is folding laundry, shouting tasks to kids upstairs and handling day-to-day issues on an ordinary day as An American Daughter opens.  Only when she listens to an interview on the radio and criticizes herself for an insignificant flub do we realize that she’s just been nominated by the President as the U.S. Surgeon General.  […]

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