Apologia – Attempts to Justify Poor Parenting

Apologia, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 2009 play, first produced in London starring Stockard Channing is now stateside at the Roundabout Theater. ‘Apologia’ does not mean apology. It means “a formal, written defense of one’s opinions or conduct”. Everyone in this dysfunctional family dramedy is on the defense as Ms. Channing’s character, Kristen Miller, attacks. Kristin Miller,…

Girl from North Country – Bringing it All Back Home

Bob Dylan might be envious of Sting’s and Springsteen’s Broadway debuts, or perhaps it’s his age, but he seems to be looking for alternative ways to expand his audience (i.e. the recent announcement of  Luca Guadagnino’s film adaptation of the Dylan album ‘Blood on the Tracks’). In the Girl from North Country, Irish playwright Conor…

Smokey Joe’s Cafe –  it’s smoking hot

Sometimes you need to give yourself over to the music. In a spur of the moment decision I bought a ticket to see the revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe with music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This prolific duo wrote some of our most famous rock pop, soul, R&B, gospel and doo-wop music over…

Make Believe – play acting at The Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage opened its 2019 season with the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s provocative and disturbing play, Make-Believe. Set in an attic playroom, the play is divided into two distinct parts and tries to cover a lifetime. Make Believe begins with children playing on stage as the audience is being seated. Their toys allude to…

Lobby Hero – No Heroes Here

Whether it be through words or facial expressions, characters in Kenneth Lonegran’s plays and movies always leave indelible impressions on me. And that is the case in the revival of Lobby Hero. Four characters, over the course of a couple of days, reveal too much of themselves to each other, doing harm as it seems…