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A dark and compelling 'Tosca' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago opera lovers are getting a "twofer" with this season's dark and compelling production of Puccin...

'Or,' gives the Restoration a playful dose of contemporary attitude

With her fanciful play "Or," Liz Duffy Adams has reimagined the early Restoration period with a touch of Ja...

'Blues for Mr. Charlie' at Washington University: not perfect, but powerful

James Baldwin dedicated his play “Blues for Mr. Charlie” to the memory of Medgar Evers and of the four gi...

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ has a bite that equals its bark

If there's one thing Edward Albee knows, without equivocation, it is the darker side of intimacy. The deep cuts t...

'The Winslow Boy' pairs social justice with a bit of romance

The St. Louis Repertory Theatre's current production, "The Winslow Boy," by Terrence Rattigan, is, at i...

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I have a dream. I dream that some day I'll be able to walk into an opera house and not be faced with a production in which the stage director has imposed some sort of high concept on the piece…
Director Nickolas Dylan Rossi's documentary "Heaven Adores You" chronicles the short, rich musical life of Elliott Smith, dead in 2003 at 34. According to publicity, the film's exceptional achievement is that perhaps 20 of its 35 songs were never released.…
Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:01

'Walking the Tightrope' at COCA is nicely balanced

Written by Laura Kyro
Los Angeles' 24th Street Theatre recently presented "Walking the Tightrope"—a little gem of a theatrical production—at COCA, the Center of Creative Arts in University City. The touring production was on site February 21–22, 2015.
The film "McFarland, USA" takes place in the title town, a community of Mexican-American pickers in California's San Joaquin Valley. To its high school in 1987 comes coach Jim White, recently fired from a Boise school after losing his temper,…
It's not news that monstrous corruption infects Russia, but as dramatized in director Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan," it overwhelms a small fishing community with devastating consequences. Auto mechanic Nikolai lives and works on a spit of land, two-thirds an acre. Vadim,…
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 20:58

Not very sweet Mr. Marmalade

Written by Bob Wilcox
Lucy is four years old. Her divorced mother works as a waitress. Lucy spends a lot of time alone.
Introduced by an on-screen quotation from Abraham Lincoln and an Indiana 1817 notation, "The Better Angels" follows its central character with a flowing camera, intermittent voiceover narration, and a series of instructive lessons. But this dreamlike film never explicitly identifies…
Mustard Seed Theatre's current production is the world premier of local playwright Rob Maesaka's touching historic fiction, "White to Gray." The story intertwines interracial romance and ages-long battles between parents and their children with history. In particular, the show offers…
Yasmina Reza has crafted a wickedly funny, sharply pointed play that questions just how civilized we really are, as a society. The realistically absurd plot digs further, questioning the value of not allowing time and space for our more primitive…
Monday, 09 February 2015 18:46

Ain't no flies on 'Stick Fly'

Written by Bob Wilcox
The place where the play takes place and the people in that place make “Stick Fly” something out of the ordinary.
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