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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Theater Review

The first eight or nine pages of Pat Cook's script are written as casual conversation held by three elderly women in a domestic environment. All three women are talking at the same time- no one's listening. It's a comically surreal way to begin the season in Elm Grove as the Sunset Playhouse opens its production of Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner . . .
Monday, June 30, 2008
Though the show remains highly popular, it’s been more than a decade since the last major revival of Ross, Adler, Abbott and Wallop’s Damn Yankees. And, in an interesting twist, the mid-’90s Broadway revival may have cost the Sunset Playhouse’s Mark Salentine a spot in the Blue Man Group...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Theater Review

Sunset Playhouse tackles a tough challenge with its latest production, The Boys Next Door. Written in 1985, the play attempts to raise awareness of issues faced by the cognitively disabled. Often, this type of “message” play is long on exposition and short on entertainment. The Sunset production, however, manages to balance both elements quite well. Credit goes to director Mark Salentine for keeping the show on task throughout its two-and-a-half-hour running time.
Friday, May 23, 2008

Tonight @ the Sunset Playhouse - 8 p.m.

The Sunset Playhouse’s latest production mines humor from one of the most unlikely, sensitive sources: people with developmental disabilities. Tom Griffin’s comic drama The Boys Next Door deftly walks the line people complexity and accessibility by treating its characters as three-dimensional human beings instead of resorting . . .
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Theater Preview

Tom Griffin’s comic drama The Boys Next Door brilliantly showcases a poignant, humorous story about people with developmental disabilities. The play deftly walks the line between complexity and accessibility by treating the characters as three-dimensional human beings instead of resorting to juvenile . . .
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Sunset Playhouse - 7:30 PM

As a general rule of thumb, productions of Tennessee Williams’ poignant classic A Streetcar Named Desire are worth seeing, and Sunset Playhouse’s production is no exception. It captures the frantic pitch of the battle between Blanche DuBois, a faded and delusional Southern belle, and her voracious brother . . .
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008

Theater Review

Many have reworked the tale of Arthur and his Round Table. In Arthur, the Boy Who Would be King (at Sunset Playhouse through Jan. 27), James DeVita combines a number of myths surrounding Arthur’s origins and life and succeeds in painting a rather human portrait of the legendary leader—