If you like Fringe shows that are off-the-wall, crazy, and involve embarrassing audience participation, Assembly Required: Comedy A to Y is the right show for you! Seen in last year’s Fringe in the very funny Assembly Required: How to Write, Produce, and Stage a Musical – the Musical, Brian Sutow and Joshua Morgan (of No […]
Archives for July 12, 2011
A Year of Living Dangerously
So an Orioles fan, a fireworks salesman, a theater critic, and a “Polar Bear” walk into a theater. Those trying to decipher this curious lineup won’t find a punch line, but rather an absorbing quartet of stories constituting Brent Englar’s A Year of Living Dangerously.
Visit to a Small Planet
In Gore Vidal’s rarely mounted sci-fi, political satire, well-timed pyrotechnics have to run as smoothly as last week’s shuttle launch, and actors must have rapid-fire, elegant delivery. The American Century Theater skillfully rises to the challenge with an uplifting show that’s refreshing and fun, even in its darker moments.
Many people have attempted adaptations of Hamlet. And so has Mel Gibson. Anytime it happens, there is always the problem of how to faithfully depict Shakespeare’s masterpiece without going too far. Why break it if you can’t fix it?
Between Takeoff and Landing
The events of September 11th, 2001 left Americans, English and Irish travelers stranded for days in the 10,000 plus town of Gandor, Newfoundland. The travelers were making the transoceanic flight across the Atlantic to New York City when American soil was attacked. In midair, the planes were diverted to Gandor International Airport. The travelers were […]
Catch Me If You Can – Original Cast Recording
The original Broadway cast recording of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s sparkling score for Catch Me If You Can is a pip. The show, currently playing on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre to audiences that are about 90% full, is a bright, chipper and colorful romp with a touch of schmaltz thrown in from […]
The Cherry Orchard
Steve LaRocque shines in Quotidian’s No-Frills Cherry Orchard The peasant-born millionaire Yermolay Alexeyevich Lopakhin often commands center stage in Quotidian Theatre Company’s earnest, no-frills adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. That is fitting, as actor Steve LaRocque’s creation embodies the spindle around which the ill-fated family of Lyubov Ranevskaya agitates, fusses about, and ultimately crashes up […]
Very few people have led lives interesting enough to describe in detail to others (as proven by the experience of countless cocktail parties). Fortunately for Fringegoers, Geraldine Buckley is one of those rare exceptions. Better yet, she tells her story in an entertaining manner in Destination? Slammer!
If you’ve ever had toe fungus, Dale’s plight will put your problem in perspective. His private parts are infested by . . . well, let’s just call it another form of life. To tell you any more would ruin the fun of the delightful Incurable by Seamus Sullivan.
The Magical Marriage Computer and Other Plays
In the 21st century, love sometimes seems to be as much about science as it is about soulmates. Between online dating and Facebook relationship statuses, romance has been completely digitized. Much of these modern quirks are examined in The Magical Marriage Computer and Other Plays, but for the most part, the production seems as robotic as […]