“Life Could Be a Dream” at International City Theatre

If one counts movies, then I have seen dozens of “jukebox musicals.” Sometimes I head for the theatre thinking, “Ahhh…oh boy…yet another jukebox musical.” But when the performers come on and show their stuff, then they can turn some pretty sappy songs from the 1950s and ‘60s into pure gold. And that is just what … Continue reading “Life Could Be a Dream” at International City Theatre

“Laundry and Bourbon” & “Lone Star” at The Group Rep

The Group Rep kicks off its forty-fifth season with a pair of comedy one-acts by James McLure that are cemented in a particular time and place—the early 1970s in the small dusty town of Maynard, Texas. In Laundry and Bourbon, the Viet Nam War is grinding down, women are wives decades away from the Twenty-first … Continue reading “Laundry and Bourbon” & “Lone Star” at The Group Rep

“Sisters Three” at The Inkwell Theater

In Sisters Three, inspired by the literary Brontës, playwright Jami Brandli has crafted a tight, intimate play that defies categorization. She has borrowed the Brontë names and some elements of the famed family’s domestic situation in an utterly absorbing play that is comic, tragic, and ultimately, blackly farcical. It’s Christmas and the setting is a … Continue reading “Sisters Three” at The Inkwell Theater

“Zorba!” at Musical Theatre Guild

So far as I know, the Musical Theatre Guild is a totally unique company of extraordinary, thoroughly professional performers unlike anything I have ever seen anywhere. Dedicated to “exploring and preserving works from the musical theatre repertoire that were either forgotten, neglected, or unfairly dismissed,” the Guild works under “a special Actors’ Equity Concert Staged … Continue reading “Zorba!” at Musical Theatre Guild