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Penelope (Inis Nua Theatre, April 2015)

Something magical happens 30 minutes into Penelope. It begins when Quinn, a middle-aged man, unflatteringly clad in a speedo, babbles on with the preening self-promotion characteristic of him and his four equally unpromising buddies. 454 more words


Hamlet (Wilma Theater, April 2015)

“All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare tells us – and director Blanka Zizka seems to take it literally. Her busy, incohesive production of Hamlet includes multiple playing areas – the large stage itself; plus a proscenium arch at the back, and a circular platform in the middle. 345 more words


Paint Your Wagon (Encores Musicals in Concert, New York, March 2015)

By my count, Encores, now in its 22nd year, has produced 65 musicals (not counting some gala concert evenings, and a couple of special summer seasons). 1,130 more words


Macbeth (Arden Theatre, March 2015)

Thou wouldst be great;
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it.

Thus Shakespeare’s Lady pithily sums up her husband, Macbeth. Maybe things would have worked out better for her if, instead aspiring to the throne of Scotland, she’d become a theater critic. 338 more words