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Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

Easily the best aspect of the Guthrie‘s incisive production of Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s Choir Boy (in the Dowling Studio, through July 5) is John-Michael Lyles‘ performance as the lead, Pharus. Lyles is overtly fey, gesticulating wildly, with a rich tenor voice. He compels. Lyles has that natural performer quality, that mysterious thing makes you want...
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You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

Were I a finger-wagging, dyspeptic, world-weary and jaundiced Critic, I might take George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart, authors of You Can’t Take It With You (at the Jungle, through August 9) to task for blatantly predictable manipulation. Why can’t our hero Alice Sycamore say to her moneyed gentleman caller, Tony Kirby, “This is...
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Twelfth Night by Mu Performing Arts performing at Mixed Blood

Twelfth Night by Mu Performing Arts performing at Mixed Blood

I’ve never seen the Mixed Blood stage looking so good. The space is arranged arena style, stage painted a nice warm color, with a few tastefully placed platforms, some truly lovely Vietnamese lights, a few sit-upons. The set for Mu’s delightful Twelfth Night (Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood Theater, through June 14) is...
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The Gospel Of Lovingkindness at Pillsbury House Theatre

The Gospel Of Lovingkindness at Pillsbury House Theatre

As the father of an eighteen year old son, I readily understood, in Marcus Gardley‘s moving The Gospel Of Lovingkindness (at the Pillsbury House Theatre, through June 28), Mary Lee Black’s simple statement, “I put everything I had into that boy.” In Gospel, Mary’s son Emmanuel is murdered: For his shoes! So his dim...
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Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot (at the Ordway, through May 17) harkens back to a simpler age, when a sturdy chap like Lancelot could be an arrogant, egotistical, sword-twirling, overweening and preening , and still get the girl. Nowadays a fellow must pay at least lip-service to sensitivity and depth, without which the Gueneveres...
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forget me not when far away by Ten Thousand Things Theatre

forget me not when far away by Ten Thousand Things Theatre

In Kira Obolensky‘s delicious forget me not when far away, John Ploughman returns from an endless War (it feels like WWI, but who knows), limping into a town populated entirely by women. John is looking for Flora, his sainted ex, a woman who once sent him a letter, much read and, indeed, memorized. The...
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The Reagan Years, The Workhaus Collective performing at The Playwrights Center

The Reagan Years, The Workhaus Collective performing at The Playwrights Center

Do you, like me, remember the 1980s as a heady combination of amnestic hedonism and unapologetic avarice and acquisitiveness? If so, I bet you’ll enjoy Dominic Orlando‘s zippily paced The Reagan Years, a celebration (if that’s an appropriate word) of alcoholic rapacity, 80s-style. The opening image, of the bottle and beercan strewn Long Island...
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Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

Katori Hall, to her credit, does not, in Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood Theatre, though May 10) have an agenda. No authorial condescension is in evidence. As a straight forward portrait of the denizens of the Pink Pony, a gritty titty bar in the over-heated Mississippi Delta, Pussy Valley works beautifully. We get the desperate...
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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

We live in apocalyptic times: permanent droughts in Australia and California (the state from which Mr. Burns, a post-electric play playwright Anne Washburn hails). Ocean acidification, disappearing icecaps, Bangladesh soon to be 60% under water, Pakistan 18%, large Chinese rivers which never reach the sea. The human species will expire, it seems clear (to...
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And The World Goes ‘Round at the Jungle Theater

And The World Goes ‘Round at the Jungle Theater

Miss Latté Da’s exquisite production of Cabaret last year? You can atone, by betaking yourself down to the jewel box Jungle and taking in the sophisticated and entertaining revue of John Kander and Fred Ebb songs, And The World Goes ‘Round (at the Jungle, through May 24). For nonstop energy, grab-you-by-the-collar enthusiasm, and pure...
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