If I Forget — Keeping History Alive

Liberal Jews unhappy about the results of an election. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A gentrifying neighborhood with rising rents. If I Forget could’ve been set in the present day, as opposed to late 2000/early 2001. The play drives home the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This comic and poignant…

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…

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…