A strange thing happens when good actors find themselves cast in a play in which their characters are ill defined or not defined at all. These actors, trapped on their own, make choices in order to help them add meaning to the literate but unrevealing lines their author, in this case Sharr White, gives them.
Jack Canfora, whose plays have been winning him a promising reputation, has now offered us Jericho at 59E59 Theaters under the direction of Evan Bergman with whom he’s worked several times. Both have an enviable regional theatre background. Though I didn’t know their work, I noted that they’d assembled a first rate cast for the […]
In 1945 we were introduced to Tennessee Williams whose The Glass Menagerie settled in at the Playhouse on Broadway for a run of 563 performances. It brought a new generation of theatre goers to rejoice in the iconic performance of Laurette Taylor, and lifted Williams into the pantheon of great American playwrights.
What a nice surprise to be able to welcome back the lesser known Bernard Shaw play You Never Can Tell. Even its light hearted title suggests that immediately after Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Shaw opted to try something less inflamed. What emerged was clearly an homage (or a satire of) his friend Oscar Wilde’s The Importance […]
George Kelly is one of those excellent playwrights who flourished in the Golden Age of Broadway. Born in 1887 in Schuylkill Falls, Pennsylvania, he was the seventh of ten children born to the ‘remarkable “Philadelphia Kellys”. One of his brothers, Walter C. Kelly, was a vaudeville headliner, brother John sired Grace Kelly the film star, […]
Last summer, Mark Lamos directed a production of Harbor, a new play by Chad Beguelin, at the Westport Country Playhouse, where Mr. Lamos presides as artistic director. It did well there, had some excellent quotes from the press, featured four good actors including the rising Bobby Steggert and Paul Anthony Stewart. Now here we are […]