Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive needs just the right touch in staging it, a tactful but firm touch. The material can make us uncomfortable, and it must be handled with the probing honesty of Vogel's script. It gets the right touch, the probing honesty, in the current production directed by Milton Zoth at Muddy Waters Theatre.
Branch Rickey was a colorful, stubborn, dedicated man who lived baseball to the point of obsession and is credited with single handedly integrating the game. With a story like that you would expect a two hour performance of Rickey's years in baseball to fly by. That's what I expected. I was wrong.
Tom Stoppard is famous for plays aglow with his keen and well-nourished intellectual curiosity. In his 2006 play, Rock 'n' Roll, Stoppard focuses that intellect on the political and social upheavals that rocked his native country, Czechoslovakia, in the decades between the '60's and the '90's as communism faltered, reaffirmed itself, then finally fell.