| Aug 21, 2014
| 6:50 AM
Sure, the Bronx is still up and the Battery still down (or flat, in my car's case this morning), but in the last number of "On the Town," the 1944 musical created by the incomparable collective talents of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 5:00 PM
“The Cherry Orchard” could more appropriately be titled “Aristos in Amber.”
All sensibility and no sense, Chekhov’s impecunious bluebloods are so immobilized in their fading privilege and waning wealth that they cannot act...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 4:15 AM
If Oscar gold eluded Lauren Bacall for decades -- she finally received an honorary statuette in 2010 -- the actress had better luck on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards for stage roles that traded on her Hollywood legend status.
Bacall, who died Tuesday...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 9:23 AM
"Discontented" doesn't begin to describe the fraught relationships and violent discord of the family in Aloft Circus Arts' restaging of a 2008 show. Despite — or perhaps because of — being tailored to the talents of its entirely new cast, this...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 3:00 PM
The tourist shops dotting the streets of downtown Ashland may leave the impression that this picturesque town was designed by Martha Stewart in a chichi Western mood, but a weekend spent here at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a weekend spent in a kind...
| Aug 8, 2014
Earlier this week an unusual email arrived in my inbox offering cold, hard cash.
"After coming across Chicago Tribune," wrote the sender, Wil Matthews, offering not the most endearing or personal of salutations, although I suppose one can just come...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 7:33 AM
The time is ripe, you'd think, for a revival of "Reefer Madness," the silly musical spoof of the 1936 exploitation-morality movie that spun the yarn that Mary Jane was lying in wait for all the clean-cut young people of America, ready to turn each and...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 1:19 PM
The three plays in Steppenwolf's ninth annual First Look Repertory share something beyond their official status as developmental productions grown through the theater's new-work program. Each provides a snapshot of female characters who have been...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 7:40 AM
Heaven knows our culture is in chaos, all too often in conflict, lacking direction—or headed in too many directions at once. A little clarification, a little hope, would be much appreciated.
And that seems to be choreographer Michael Estanich's...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The kitsch factor was high, but "Hair" proved to be a congenial choice for the Hollywood Bowl, where this counterculture classic from the late 1960s breezed in for three performances this past weekend on a cloud of marijuana smoke.
Now, the friendly...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 2:05 PM
The years have not been kind to “Broadway Bound.” First produced on Broadway in the mid-1980s, Neil Simon's Tony-nominated, Pulitzer-finalist play shows serious flaws in its current revival at the Odyssey.
Following “Brighton Beach...