“Sondheim on Sondheim” at International City Theatre

“Sondheim on Sondheim,” a new twist on an old idea, is a fresh approach to a musical revue. Now in production at International City Theatre, this Sondheim review throws the composer/lyricist directly into the action as a giant image on a screen upstage. Footage from multiple sources – old photographs and film clips, television appearances … Continue reading “Sondheim on Sondheim” at International City Theatre

“Uncle Vanya” at Antaeus Theatre Company – Vixen Cast

Anton Chekhov called his plays comedies and so they are. On the page it might not be obvious, but on stage in the hands the very best players, the boredom, ennui and angst of the characters becomes absurd and deliciously, giddily funny. And this is just the case in Antaeus Theatre Company’s achingly brilliant production … Continue reading “Uncle Vanya” at Antaeus Theatre Company – Vixen Cast

“Vietgone” at South Coast Repertory

At the top of Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone,” now in its world premiere staging at South Coast Repertory, the charming, ingratiating “Playwright” (Paco Tolson) gives the usual pre-show speech about exits, cell phone and wrapped candies, then goes on to introduce the cast, who display a mastery of the most egregious stereotypes of Asians and Americans. … Continue reading “Vietgone” at South Coast Repertory

“Seven Spots on the Sun” at The Theatre @ Boston Court

Martín Zimmerman’s extraordinary play “Seven Spots on the Sun” draws upon some of the most ancient theatrical devices to tell a complex, profoundly emotional tale of honor and love, as well as cruelty and horror set in a small Central American village suffering through a brutal civil war. Three actors collectively called The Town (Daniel … Continue reading “Seven Spots on the Sun” at The Theatre @ Boston Court