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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…

Absurdity and Melancholy Merge in “Vanya and Sonya and Masha …,” As Durang Performs in His Own Play at Bucks County Playhouse 

The Bucks County Playhouse summoned all the appropriate muses last Friday night for the opening of its current production of Christopher Durang’s highly acclaimed comedy, Vanya and Sonya and Masha…

Singing and Dancing, Seducing and Swindling Win the Day In “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell 

“What you lack in grace, you certainly make up for in vulgarity,” the suave con-man Lawrence Jameson advises his young rival Freddy Benson, as the two compete for supremacy in…

High Hilarity, Romantic Intrigue, and Sharp Political Edge In Bountiful Banquet of Beaumarchais’s “Figaro Plays” at McCarter

Pierre Beaumarchais is best known, at least in this country, as the author of two plays that were adapted into two of the most famous operas in the repertory, Rossini’s…

Life Is … a (Mind-Bendingly Intellectual and Kinky) Audition In Ives’s Erotic, Comic Drama, “Venus in Fur,” at Theatre Intime

Bursting into the audition room, she looks like every director’s worst nightmare: crude, ditzy, desperate, needy, self-pitying, late, and completely wrong for the classy role. She seems like a composite…

It’s Linguistics and Love in Julia Cho’s “Language Archive;” Intime Production Shows That Words Just Can’t Bridge the Gaps

The central dilemma and reigning irony of Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, is that George, a linguist, scholar and preserver of dead and dying languages, can’t come up with the…

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