| Jun 9, 2011
| 8:06 PM
For those who think Stephen Sondheim is all about deep and complex music and lyrics … well they're right. But in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Sondheim's cleverness is mixed into farce.
In the Mad Cow Theatre's production of...
| Jul 2, 2011
| 8:27 PM
In "Rashomon," three witnesses to a murder in Japan of long ago each present very different accounts of the crime.
Why would they do such a thing? That's what three other characters — a woodcutter, priest and wigmaker — ponder.
In Mad Cow...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 8:30 PM
I hesitate to tell you that "Legacy of Light" contains philosophical musings, references to Voltaire's "Candide," discussion of Sir Isaac Newton's science and a mini-lecture on dark matter.
I hesitate because I fear you will think if you don't have a PhD...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 8:14 PM
"I'm not bitter," explains the title character in thecomedy "The Understudy." In fact, he explains it repeatedly, you know, in that way that makes you doubt the truthfulness of that statement.
Harry (Josh Geoghagan) has reason to feel that way: He's a...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 3:20 PM
Writer and arts critic Terry Teachout first encountered jazz great Louis Armstrong on "The Ed Sullivan Show" — thanks to his mother. It was the mid-1960s, and Armstrong was singing "Hello, Dolly!"
He recalls: "My mom called me in and said, 'This...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 9:55 PM
A successful staging ofNoel Coward's"Private Lives" means pulling off a tricky balancing act with precision — several balancing acts, in fact.
Perhaps director Timothy Williams is also a tightrope walker, because in Mad Cow Theatre's production...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 9:55 AM
What? Another year has gone by already? Here are some theater reflections at the end of 2011.
•Best scene-stealer: Isn't "Chicago" the story of two women convicts? In Theatre Downtown's production last January, Joel Warren as lawyer Billy Flynn more...
| Feb 5, 2012
| 3:54 PM
There's a beautifully disturbing undercurrent of change in Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa."
It's 1936 in rural Ireland, and 7-year-old Michael goes to school now. Radios are displacing gramophones as a source of entertainment. And the world order...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:10 PM
Hedda Gabler is one tough cookie to love. Heck, let's set the bar lower: She's tough to like.
Keep in mind I'm talking about the title character of Henrik Ibsen's play, not the current production at Mad Cow Theatre in which there's plenty to like.
| Sep 23, 2011
| 9:46 PM
There was a time when people were taught not to discuss religion and politics in polite company. (Of course these days, the two topics so often seem to be the same.)
There was a good, common-sense reason for such a policy: No one ever agrees 100 percent...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 8:17 PM
"The Drowsy Chaperone" is a love letter to the good (and the bad) of musical theater told through the eyes of one devotee, speaking for all the fans of the genre.
For those fans, the best thing about Mad Cow Theatre's uneven production of the 2006...