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Friday, 21 March 2014 07:42

A lesson of love, longing and modern geometry

Written by Tina Farmer
Adam Rapp's "Red Light Winter" is an exploration of a contemporary love triangle and, frankly, every bit as compelling as a car wreck or sensationalized celebrity crime scene. Watching the play unfold is at times uncomfortable, and occasionally disturbing, but…
In his director's notes for "Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976," Seth Gordon notes that the play "asks questions that are important for us to contemplate and then leave us to work it out in the end. I've heard many an…
Saturday, 15 March 2014 20:16

Everything's Hunky-Dory in Titipu!

Written by Steve Callahan
Ko-Ko san and Nanki-Poo compete for the hand of the lovely Yum-Yum as Pish-Tush and Poo-Bah tend to civic duties in the town of Titipu in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado".
In an interview earlier this week, I asked Emily Bergl what it was about her approach to cabaret that set it apart from more traditional shows. "I'm presenting a complete evening of entertainment," she replied, "with a real narrative and…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:50

Artful and affirming, 'Rent' pays it forward

Written by Tina Farmer
The rock musical "Rent" is an unflinching, uncompromising look at the struggles of a community of young artists in New York City late in the twentieth century. At its heart, it's a coming of age tale, and New Line Theatre…
Monday, 10 March 2014 23:04

Double trouble

Written by Bob Wilcox
"Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" seeks a slasher who killed three dancers in the chorus of a musical called "Manhattan Holiday." It also has other villains. That's why playwright John Bishop had to make it the "Musical Comedy Murders of…
The Peabody Opera House recently played host to several performances of the Tony-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher,” based on a novel of the same name, and in subject a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1904 play and subsequent 1911 novel…
Saturday, 08 March 2014 20:53

A strong 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Winter Opera

Written by Steve Callahan
Winter Opera is closing its seventh season with a very strong production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor."
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:02

Beware the gifts of the ancestors

Written by Bob Wilcox
Isabel Allende established herself as a major Latin American writer in 1982 with her first novel, "The House of the Spirits." It traces four generations of a family through the upheavals in Allende's native Chile.
Plays, movies and books about men's "midlife crises" are a dime-a-dozen; it's much less common to see a show that delves, artfully and thoughtfully, into the secret desires of a middle-aged, married woman. Luckily, Dramatic License Productions' humorous, yet realistic,…
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