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…

Steve – sexts, lies, and show tunes

We’ve reviewed plays that open windows into cultures we’re unfamiliar with. Often we’re left to wonder if what we’re seeing on stage is really representative of that culture, a broadly played interpretation or just the figment of a playwright’s imagination. After seeing Steve, I was left wondering, and not in a productive way, if gay…

The Pillowman – this one’s not warm and comfy

As playwright Martin McDonagh states in The Pillowman: the first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story. In fact, there are a lot of stories told in The Pillowman. Much as Grimm’s Fairy tales are really grim, this play may give you nightmares. Katurian Katurian and his brain-damaged brother have been arrested and…