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William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet early in his career, and it’s one of his most frequently performed works. During the past year, New York City has seen two high-profile presentations of the play, both of which were handsomely outfitted and disappointing. The youthful artists of What Dreams May Company (WDMC) are currently offering a frugal production of Romeo … Read more

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Whose Lyric Is It, Anyway?

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Back when I was in high school, my cousin and I made up an impromptu jazz-age musical called Loser: The Musical, wherein a lowly, poor broom boy (based on a broom boy at the local Dunkin’ Donuts whom my cousin and her sister insisted I had a crush on — don’t ask) falls in love with … Read more

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Straight White Talking Heads

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Playwright Young Jean Lee looks for a challenge in every new play, asking herself “what’s the last show in the world I would ever want to make?” — and then making that show.  Indeed, Lee is known for her provocative, timely, and exciting productions.  Her newest play Straight White Men, however, is less effective in packing a … Read more

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Shared Truths and Lies

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Is there anything more romantic than a tale of two writers falling in love in Paris? Probably not, but an opening with an argument over who or what was the greatest rock performance of all time is a bit more intriguing. For their first performance, Play.Sing.Give. presented Fiction, a story of two successful writers who are … Read more

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Unmasking the Fables

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After reading the tales of Snow White, Thumbelina, Sleeping Beauty, or Belle, have you ever felt that something was missing? With the lyrics of Nick Luckenbaugh, director and choreographer Megan Mekjian uses the musical Royal Fables to fill in the gaps of these familiar fairy tales. The musical begins with Scheherazade (Livie Castro), a young … Read more

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One Note, A Thousand Stories

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A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a note can tell a thousand stories — at least that is what Davy teaches us in the musical Found. The main character Davy is based on the real-life story of Davy Rothbart who created the magazine Found. By combining the book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree with the music … Read more

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