Rapunzel at The Puppet Co

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The Puppet Co’s rendition of Rapunzel snaps with the vigor of fresh vegetables, which is what rapunzel actually is, a vine in the radish family. Master Puppeteer Christopher Piper passes along such delish nuggets in telling the familiar story with an innocent charm. He portrays all of the characters, sophisticated rod puppets with such distinct […]

Venus and Adonis by Isango Ensemble

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A very different show than Isango Ensemble’s companion piece, Magic Flute, Venus and Adonis is more somber, less accessible, and is more of an acquired taste. While Flute is deliriously fun for all ages, Venus and Adonis is definitely slanted to a more sedate crowd ready to hunker down and deal with the vagaries of […]

The Magic Flute by Isango Ensemble

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Who knew that Mozart’s Magic Flute could bounce and sway with an African beat? It does, big time in the masterful production by the visiting artistry of the Isango Ensemble from Cape Town, South Africa. And I mean visiting as in short run of only several performances remaining before they pack up for the rest […]

Dead and Breathing: CATF

Lizan Mitchell (l) as "Carolyn" and N.L. Graham (r) as "Veronika" in (Photo by Seth Freeman)

Dead & Breathing pairs the formidable Lizan Mitchell with the dazzling N.L. Graham in a battle of witticisms, piercing words and stratagems about life, living, end of life decisions, and the tumultuous journey between.

The Yellow Wallpaper, closes this weekend

Justin Calhoun and Ty Hallmark (Photo: Teresa Castracane Photography, LLC.)

The short story, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which captures a woman’s slow descent into utter powerlessness and madness, has been sending shivers down readers’ spines for over a century. The woman, only identified as “Wife,” is sequestered in a bedroom by her husband to help her “rest and recover” after childbirth, but […]

Pinkalicious from Adventure Theatre/MTC

Carolyn Agan as Pinkalicious (Photo: Mike Horan)

Pinkalicious shows how too much of a good thing, no matter how tasty, sweet, and bubblelicious can have unfortunate consequences.

Beautiful production of scary story The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) at Imagination Stage

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It takes a lot of imagination and defiant boldness to take on Roald Dahl’s The BFG, (Big Friendly Giant). The tale goes into dark scary places generally not depicted in family theater and can be brightened only so much. The idea of a little girl still in her “jammy jams” being snatched screaming out of […]

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

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The “musical drama” of Hank Williams: Lost Highway takes its cues from other great bio-dramas that have gone before, and what it lacks in storytelling it makes up with sheer talent.

Kwaidan, a moving production from Spooky Action

Kwaidan ensemble (Photo: Evy Mages)

Kwaidan, a collection of “stories and studies of strange things” is a journey through Ghostly Japan being presented by the appropriately named Spooky Action Theater. With text described as poetic, and dream-like, the stories are hauntingly beautiful, eerie, and some even downright, well, spooky.

Caroline, or Change

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Julia Nixon knows how to play weary. Her first sound as tired, weary Caroline before a song is sung or a word is spoken, is a melodic moan that comes from the depths of her soul grabs you and doesn’t let go. Listen closely and you can hear elements of a field holler, hurt, sorrow, […]

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