Messing Around in Italy

Verona feature 2

Shakespeare’s early play Two Gentlemen of Verona—it may have been his first—isn’t presented very often, although two productions will be running simultaneously this month. Last year the Royal Shakespeare Company put it on the main stage in Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time in 44 years. It’s a rarity that, when it does come around, is … Read more

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

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Occluded by a flashy, tourist-ridden diner on 42nd Street, the decaying splendor of the old Liberty Theater provides the perfect bootleg venue for Midnight Frolic, the third interactive show in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series by author, artist and playwright Cynthia von Buhler. The sparkling acrobatic, musical, and dance numbers stand out in this production as palimpsests … Read more

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All That Jazz

L-R: Joseph Robinson and Kristen French. Photo by Rosalie Baijer.

For many Americans, the height of the Jazz Age undoubtedly reached its apex in the Roaring Twenties; particularly, when the Harlem Renaissance had both black and white night owls of the country flocking to the neighborhood’s mysterious speakeasies and smoky basement-level dens for some of the best live music New York City had to offer. … Read more

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A Visit to the Underworld

Jarring feature

There’s a subtle clue on the chairs: the packet of two Saltines. As the audience enters the low-ceilinged basement space, with its molded, convex design, the crackers sit on each chair, along with an odd token—perhaps an old postcard, or an old photograph, or an object such as a miniature sewing machine. To the left … Read more

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Troubles in Mind

Belle of Belfast Feature 1

Catholicism and politics are at the forefront of Nate Rufus Edelman’s bittersweet drama The Belle of Belfast, being given a compelling production at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Edelman follows a small Catholic community in the Northern Ireland capital in 1985 as they negotiate the dominant strands of the troubles and how deeply they are ingrained … Read more

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Middle-Class Morality on the Block

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Compared with A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts usually has gotten short shrift as a dramatic document about women’s rights, even though its protagonist, Mrs. Alving, is as modern and self-sufficient as any Ibsen heroine. Richard Eyre’s astonishing adaptation, which runs only 90 minutes without intermission at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, … Read more

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