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…

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…

School of Rock – doesn’t quite make the grade

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock is entertaining but pales in comparison to the movie with Jack Black. If it weren’t for the cast of exceptionally talented children I would give it a lower grade. As in the movie, Dewey Finn is an aging, wanna be rock star. His band dismisses him just  before they…

The Changeling – A Tale as Old as Time

We all know the story — man likes woman, woman likes man, woman is engaged to another man, yet another (disfigured) man lusts after the woman. She has him commit murder and complications ensue. (Murder rarely goes smoothly.)  The Changeling tells a Jacobean tale of love, lust, betrayal, and madness and while I found the…