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“La Cage Aux Folles” Celebrates Love, Family, Acceptance In the Glittery Setting of a St. Tropez Transvestite Nightclub

“I beg you, open your eyes … you have arrived at La Cage Aux Folles,” announces the master of ceremonies for the evening. In the opening number, “We Are What…

“Baskerville” Features Sherlock Holmes in a World of Wackiness; Madcap Theatricality, Melodrama and Chilling Mystery Prevail

You might think you know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective, but Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will take you into surprising, hilarious realms of sheer theatricality, wild…

Hollywood-Style Comedy of Manners Bristles With Social Satire; Show Biz Clashes With True Love In “The Little Dog Laughed” 

The Little Dog Laughed, Douglas Carter Beane’s 2006 Tony-nominated hit comedy, is a play about Hollywood, about truths and illusions, unbridled ambition and control. It is also about relationships, working…

“Sizwe Bansi Is Dead,” South Africa Under Apartheid, Resonates Powerfully, Timelessly in McCarter Revival

“You have to understand,” Styles, in his photo studio in the black township of New Brighton outside Port Elizabeth, South Africa, tells us, “we have nothing except ourselves. We own…

“Violent Delights Have Violent Ends” at Theatre Intime, In Modern-Dress Staging of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Near the end of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Duke Theseus offers his bride Hippolyta a witty and wise critique of the play-within-the-play that they are watching. “The best in…

Show Biz and Real Life Collide Behind the Scenes at a Rehearsal In Theresa Rebeck’s “The Understudy,” an Homage to the Theater

Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy (2008) is a comical, 90-minute, one-act depiction of life in the theater. The setting is a theater during a special rehearsal to help prepare the new…

“Red,” Mark Rothko Bio-Drama by John Logan, Opens Intime Season, Fuses Worlds of Abstract Expressionism and Intense Human Drama

In 1958, Mark Rothko, in his mid-50s, vastly successful and in the final years of transition towards abstraction in his painting, undertook one of the most prestigious and lucrative commissions…

Romantic Passions Clash With Thirsts for War and Conquest In McCarter’s Production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”

Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (1606-07), written after the great tragedies of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, is seen by scholars and theater practitioners as a “problem play.” Despite the…

NJ Shakespeare Theatre Stages Bawdy 1610 Ben Jonson Farce; “The Alchemist” Exposes Greed, Lust, Con Men, and Their Dupes

“O Rare Ben Jonson!” reads the epitaph on the tomb, in London’s Westminster Abbey, of the great Elizabethan and Jacobean poet and playwright. Though Jonson is considered, along with Shakespeare,…

Hillbilly Hokum and 1950s Shenanigans in Dogpatch, USA, As Kelsey Theatre Stages Rousing Musical, “Li’l Abner”

It’s “a typical day in Dogpatch, USA,” which means that the menfolk are doing a lot of sleeping, fishing, swapping lies, making Kickapoo Joy Juice moonshine and collecting unemployment, while…

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