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Theater Reviews

Monday, 07 February 2011 22:47

Three more sisters

Written by Bob Wilcox
The Memory of Water, a play about three English sisters, reminds me more of Beth Henley and the sisters in Crimes of the Heart than of Chekhov and his three sisters.
Sunday, 06 February 2011 22:39

The world is too much with us: Distracted

Written by Andrea Braun
"Jackie Kennedy said if you bungle raising your children, I don't think anything else you do matters very much," Sherry (Katie Puglisi) smugly tells "Mama" (Michelle Hand). The irony is that Sherry's teenage daughter, Natalie, (Berklea Going) cuts herself to…
"Everything has a price," is one of those old sayings we've all heard. Arthur Miller uses it as the basis for this play, but he doesn't stop with the easy cliché. Instead, he delves deeply into the psyches of two…
The Clayton Community Theatre has revived Craig Lucas' fantastical little comedy, Reckless, from 1983. We find Rachel, a pretty young wife and mother, experiencing an attack of euphoria on Christmas Eve. Rachel (as more than one critic has said) is…
I find it fascinating that Clive Staples "Jack" Lewis published a book about his conversion experience and called it Surprised by Joy. At the time of its 1955 publication, he had met an American admirer, Helen Joy Davidson Gresham (called…
Five of the most eloquent public figures of the past two centuries are brought together in F. Reed Brown's performance piece, Voices. All the words, including the lyrics to original music by Diane Huling, belong to Emily Dickinson (Siri Brobst),…
Fontaine Syer as Joan Didion, the author and protagonist of The Year of Magical Thinking, takes the stage, looks around the audience with a direct gaze and tells us: "This happened on Dec. 30, 2003. That may seem a while…
Sunday, 16 January 2011 01:30

Perfect Wedding? Well, one rose short of a bouquet

Written by Laura Kyro
The good news is, the Kirkwood Theatre Guild's current production of Perfect Wedding is evidence that British Farce (a theatrical force all its own, which is why I put it in caps) is alive. And a fairly new British Farce,…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 11:23

Upstream bites more than they can chew with Cooking with Elisa

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Several area theatre companies are staging works by acclaimed playwrights to illuminate the turbulence of today's political climate. While some author's reference current events to push an agenda or present alternate points of view; others, such as Argentina's Lucia Laragione, weave…
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 00:08

Generations generating laughs

Written by Bob Wilcox
Community theatres love Joe DiPietro's Over the River and Through the Woods. It has four juicy roles for actors who've been around for awhile, and community theatres always have plenty of actors who have been around for a while.
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