Montagues and Capulets. Vampires and werewolves. Rock musicians and DJs? The conflict between the latter is the proxy war at the center of Laura Eason’s The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, currently running at Keegan Theatre. And while some delightful bits of design and acting strike the right chord, ultimately, they’re undermined by a script […]
Keegan’s 2018-2019 season will begin next September with a reprise — of John Strand’s Lincolnesque, which Keegan first ran in 2009. A young Congressional aide, desperate to save the campaign of his clueless Member, turns to his psychotic brother, who believes that he is Abraham Lincoln. Might Francis be able to produce a — um, […]
“Razzle dazzle ‘em!” Silver-tongue shyster lawyer Billy Flynn melodically opines that if you do that, you’ll have an audience eating out of your hand. If you can snag a ticket to the Keegan Theatre’s new production of Chicago, prepared to be razzled, dazzled and blown away.
OK, so you’re Eric, a cop, played by Noah Schaefer, and you’re in charge of the highest-stakes stakeout of the year — the one which will get you off your desk duty and into the world where the real cops operate. You suspect that the Mayor (Mario Baldessari) has embezzled huge sums from the municipal […]
An Irish Carol does a fine job capturing the spirit and message of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale in an evening spent in an Irish pub. No small feat.
A look back at the past that contains a look back at the distant past, Top Girls comes across as almost more of a recently-written period play than the 1982 piece that it is. That is a credit to playwright Caryl Churchill’s balanced eye, which captures the tone of the era in which she wrote […]
“Kids these days,” or so I’m told, use “extra” as an adjective to denote that something is more than what is usual, expected, or necessary. As a noun, it means a person hired daily to play a minor part in a movie or a television show, usually as a background member of a mob or […]
In my family, my father was the Big Fish: a teller of tall tales and elaborate shaggy dog stories. Most families have someone like him: someone for whom life must be larger, greater, more colorful than the workaday humdrum it mostly turns out to be. In Big Fish, traveling salesman Edward Bloom is that storyteller- […]
“All women should see this show,” said a male audience member in the lobby, enthusiastically. “What about the men?” his female companion asked. “Well, it’s not for men,” he offered, to which the three women standing around him immediately said, “ALL MEN SHOULD SEE THIS SHOW.” “Definitely,” he added.
It’s a wonder that we Irish haven’t gone extinct from all our slow courting. Beyond President Kennedy, there are no Irish Casanovas, and there are certainly none in John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, where two Irish families address more traditional Irish concerns: (1) death (2) dead people (3) inheritance and (4) whiskey (there is an […]