Photo courtesy of The Classical Actors Ensemble

The Duchess of Malfi

BY TAMAR NEUMANN: After I saw The Classical Actors Ensemble’s production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi all my memories of my Renaissance English Literature class came crashing back. I went home, dusted off my copy of the play, and started flipping through my notes about the tragic themes present in this story. I…

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Disenchanted!

By LIZ BYRON. Haven’t you ever wondered what happened to Sleeping Beauty after she married her Prince Charming? I mean, let’s think about this for a second. She was supposed to have fallen into her “death-like sleep” at the age of 16, right? And then Princely McPerfect comes along and kisses her, she wakes up,…

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Girl Gumshoe and Detective Dad

By LIZ BYRON. Before I tell you what I thought of the opening production of Gadfly Theatre‘s fifth season, a little disclosure: I didn’t seek out a cast list when I agreed to review this play, and so it wasn’t until I sat down in my seat on Friday night and looked at the program that…

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Young Frankenstein: The Musical

By LIZ BYRON. I was sitting in a German class a couple of years ago when my teacher, demonstrating a new grammar concept, used the example character “Frau Blücher”. Without thinking, I neighed like a horse, much to the alarm of my classmates — most of whom were a good ten years younger than me…

Darius Dotch, Torsten Johnson, photo by Rich Ryan.

Colossal

By REBECCA HALAT.  Mixed Blood’s production of Colossal dealt with the difficulty of loss.  Most simply, it is the story of a young football player and a game injury that leaves him in a wheelchair. The loss of the full use of his legs, however, is not the most painful one we see him suffer…

Pictured: Stacey Poirier, Shana Berg, James Lekvin. 
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Motherhood Out Loud

By REBECCA HALAT. Blending humor with anxiety, Theatre Unbound’s production of Motherhood Out Loud showed many of the complexities of motherhood. What’s left to be said about motherhood, you ask?  True, a play on this much-discussed subject risks redundancy, and yet throughout the performance, I felt fully engaged.  Set through a series of scenes that takes…

Sonja Parks in Seedfolks. Photo by Dan Norman

Seedfolks

 BY TAMAR NEUMANN: The Children’s Theatre Company is known for commissioning new works for younger audiences. They have commissioned over 200 plays in their long history and they continue to add to that number every season. This season they have chosen to adapt Paul Fleishman’s book Seedfolks into a short (a little over an hour) one-woman…