Theater Post-Election

The best theater is thought-provoking. Sure, there are escapist musicals which we all need (now more than ever). But walking out of a theater, whether you’ve been laughing or crying, humming tunes or remembering a particular phrase, the show and performances stick with you, challenge you and leave a lasting impression — that is more…

Smokefall —  Really?

I’ll begin this review with two digressions. I recently saw Zachary Quinto on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and totally enjoyed the interview. I’ve admired Quinto as an actor — loved him in “The Glass Menagerie” and his film and TV roles and he was a witty and self-effacing guest. Then the topic of…

Smart People – Sound & Fury Signifying Nothing

The four characters who make up the cast of Smart People like to pontificate. They definitely are book smart, but not necessarily smart in dealing with friends and lovers. Two of them are professors at Harvard, one is an intern at Harvard Medical School who also finds time to operate a clinic, and there is…

Noises Off — The Show Goes On (and Wonderfully Wrong)

If I was reviewing “Nothing On,” the show within the show of Noises Off, I would tell readers not to waste their time with this mess of a play. The actors are constantly missing their cues, flubbing their lines and one actor is so amateurish that it’s painful to watch her. The house managers can’t…

Fiddler on the Roof – Tradition with a fresh twist

I think there may be an unwritten law when discussing theater in 2016 that you have to somehow reference “Hamilton.” So I’ll do so — the revival of Fiddler on the Roof reminds me of the story of the founding fathers. Both are thrilling, fresh and tell an important history. That a show like Fiddler…