Archive for September, 2012

“Measure for Measure” by Ten Thousand Things Theater Company at Open Book

“Measure for Measure” by Ten Thousand Things Theater Company at Open Book

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company (TTT) has just opened a wonderfully tantalizing offering that is likely to invite discussion—once again—about Shakespeare’s “problem play,” his dark comedy, Measure for Measure. The plot turns on sinister questions. After learning that he jilted his intended bride, Mariana, when her dowry was lost in a shipwreck, the Duke...
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The Cat In The Hat at the Children’s Theatre Company

The Cat In The Hat at the Children’s Theatre Company

The Cat In The Hat (on the Children’s Theatre Co.‘s Cargill Stage, through December 2) is a remount, helmed by the estimable Jason Ballweber, of a production that originated in the U.K., at the National Theatre.  CTC utilizes the National’s concept: design, directorial approach (Katie Mitchell was the original creator).  Ballweber displays a stateliness...
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The 2012 Ivey Awards

The 2012 Ivey Awards

  The 2012 Ivey Awards celebration did it up right again last night with sparkly gowns, tearful winners and lively entertainment. This year the Iveys chose to feature the work of theater sound and lighting professionals, and any self-respecting theater person will tell you that they most certainly deserve special recognition. I’m going to...
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Tales from Hollywood at the Guthrie Theater

Tales from Hollywood at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater’s 50th season begins with “A Celebration of Christopher Hampton” and Hampton’s play, Tales from Hollywood, a canny “what if” that follows the fortunes of  writers forced out of Europe prior to WW II by the Nazi’s mounting violence and threats. The lives of Ödön von Horváth, an Eastern European playwright and novelist, brothers...
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Red at Park Square Theatre

Red at Park Square Theatre

John Logan‘s Red (at Park Square Theatre, through Oct 7) suffers from a problem often afflicting two character plays: sameness.  Indeed, in Red, the same basic scene gets played and replayed.  Mark Rothko paces his NYC atelier, contemplating the large murals he’s preparing The Four Seasons, a swanky restaurant in architect Philip Johnson’s new...
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Buccaneers at the Children’s Theatre Company

Buccaneers at the Children’s Theatre Company

The Children’s Theatre Company sets sail this fall with Buccaneers by Liz Duffy Adams (book) and Ellen Maddow (music). Billed as a “swashbuckling pirate musical,” the show for children delivers on all the appurtenances you’d expect, with scrappy pirates (in this case, kids) swinging from ropes, stormy seas and a cruel (but funny) captain...
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