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07.30.2014 | 119 days ago | Posted at 06:04 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Quasimondo Physical Theatre rounds out the summer with a few live outdoor performances this month. Included on the schedule for the irreverent group are a couple of performances of shows they have mounted elsewhere before.Hansel & Gretel: A Cautionary Tale is a mixture of puppetry, dance and drama that twists the folktale into a story about eating healthy and the importance of active lifes...
07.29.2014 | 120 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Emotional intimacy can be very difficult to maintain in an outdoor theatre. The dramatic immediacy can fizzle in the open air. Summerstage manages a respectable kind of intimacy with its emotionally entrancing production of Talley’s Folly, which opened this past weekend. Phil Stepanski and Ruth Arnell star in a two-person romantic drama about a couple of people meeting at an old boathouse in Mis...
07.28.2014 | 121 days ago | Posted at 05:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Not every fundraiser raises money for a theatre company like the Sunset Playhouse. Not every theatre company fundraiser is a murder mystery party. Not every murder mystery party allows one an opportunity to meet tycoon Donald Trumpet. So consider yourself lucky that you even know about this one.’Til Death Do Us Part is set-up as a wedding for a character based on a certain clownish billionaire c...
07.26.2014 | 122 days ago | Posted at 05:14 PM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Sunset Playhouse will be staging a production of Guys & Dolls this coming October. The beloved musical will be directed by Michael Stoddard. Rehearsals start on Sept. 8 for a show that will open Oct. 23.From the announcement: “Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring com...
07.25.2014 | 124 days ago | Posted at 05:12 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a Stephen King book about a girl who uses telekinesis to exact revenge on her high school. Perfect subject for a musical, right? Actually, it was only about a dozen years after the publication of the book that the story was adapted into musical format. The 1988 production didn’t make much of a run on Broadway. There was a subsequent revival that made it Off-Broadway a couple of years ago....
07.25.2014 | 124 days ago | Posted at 05:09 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Alchemist Theatre is playing host to one of the most ambitious new works projects of the coming theater season with its New York Stories Trilogy. Set in New York in the 1960s and 1970s, the trilogy. In its entirety, the trilogy runs from March 12 of next year through the following June 11.Another Tale of Eddie is the story of grifter Eddie Valentine. It opens March 11. The King of Pop looks ...
07.23.2014 | 126 days ago | Posted at 05:06 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Costume designers don’t always get enough credit. It’s easy enough to casually mention how nice a particular bit of costuming is in the course of writing a review without even bothering to mention the name of the person who developed it. At the end of the month, the Skylight Music Theatre casts a little attention in the direction of the designer for their upcoming production of Rossini’s Cin...
07.22.2014 | 127 days ago | Posted at 05:04 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Next Act Theatre’s Next Actors program allows a diverse group of teens to get together, write and produce an original theater piece. There really need to be more programs like this. Theater is a living, breathing thing. Giving those who are new to the stage an opportunity to really open up to it does all kinds of good things for them and the local culture as a whole.The four week program ends wi...
07.21.2014 | 128 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Lanford Wilson comedy Talley’s Folly is a strikingly good fit for outdoor theatre in the summer. There is so much about next month’s production with Summerstage that sounds like a really, really fun trip out of town for an evening.First of all, there is the play: it’s a one-act comedy set in a gazebo-like outdoor structure in Missouri in July of 1944. The play is staged a little bit late...
07.20.2014 | 129 days ago | Posted at 08:00 AM

Off The Wall Theatre offers a tense take on "Rope"

By Russ Bickerstaff
Physical comfort in summer theater can be a rather tricky thing to negotiate. I’d recently mentioned being physically uncomfortable at a show in a review. That show was in a mosquito-infested barn. It was hot. It was uncomfortable. It was Animal Farm. This past Friday night I was at a show at the Off the Wall Theatre that was more physically uncomfortable than a mosquito-infested barn. It’s ho...

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