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The House on Mango Street produced by Park Square Theatre at the Andy Boss Stage

The House on Mango Street produced by Park Square Theatre at the Andy Boss Stage

Park Square Theatre celebrated the opening of its new Andy Boss Thrust Stage with “The House on Mango Street,” an adaptation by Amy Ludwig of Sandra Cisneros’ book. True to the original, the play dances from one episode to another in the life of Cisneros’ adolescent main character, retaining the narrative quality of the...
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33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

Moisés Kaufman‘s 33 Variations (at Park Square Theatre through Nov 2) is a pool-of-light play. Played on a jumble of interlocking platforms, the play’s action takes place in apartments, offices, hospital waiting rooms, lecture halls, in New York, in Germany. Which is not to mention the huge segment of the play set in 1820s Vienna....
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A Little Night Music by Mu Performing Arts, performing at Park Square Theatre

A Little Night Music by Mu Performing Arts, performing at Park Square Theatre

In Stephen Sondheim‘s marvelous A Little Night Music (Mu Performing Arts performing at Park Square Theatre, through Aug 10) little surprise or tension lies in the playing-out of the characters’ predictable arcs. Frederik is married, sexlessly, to Anne. Famous matinee idol Desiree Armfeldt reappears. She and Frederik make love, to the consternation of her...
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Cyrano at Park Square Theatre

Cyrano at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre is now presenting the regional premiere of Cyrano, the Michael Hollinger translation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play. Hollinger also adapted with Aaron Posner, who directed its first production. I’ll talk about the adaptation, but first, this production: Joe Chvala directs a tight cast of local stars, in an exhilarating show, masterfully...
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The School For Lies at Park Square Theatre

The School For Lies at Park Square Theatre

A play has two primary sources of appeal.  First, there is the moment-by-moment texture.  Is it fun to act?  Fun to watch?  Does the language enthrall, are there compelling nooks and crannies in the characters?  Does the design provide good eye candy? And then you have the overall arc: what do the moments add...
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Good People at Park Square Theatre

Good People at Park Square Theatre

  One can’t help but compare David Lindsay-Abaire‘s breezy and likable Good People (at Park Square, through Oct 6) with Bruce Norris’s bleak Clybourne Park, recently produced at the Guthrie.  Both plays address the unspoken elephant in the American room.  For Norris, it’s race; for Lindsay-Abaire, the elephant is class.  Clybourne Park may be...
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Sherlock Holmes And The Adventure Of The Suicide Club by Park Square Theatre

Sherlock Holmes And The Adventure Of The Suicide Club by Park Square Theatre

What’s the business of the Suicide Club?  “Death,” stentorily intones Mr. George (in a terrific performance by James Cada), with equal parts grinning euphoria and stern reverence. Ah, yes.  Sherlock Holmes And The Adventure Of The Suicide Club (at Park Square Theatre through July 14) is gleefully death-haunted.  Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher explores Holmes’s conviction...
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King Lear at Park Square Theatre

King Lear at Park Square Theatre

On a dark set, only minimally embellished with Art Deco flair, men in tuxes and tails, and women in slinky gowns with trains sip from martini glasses while a jolly entertainer croons a jazz standard. So begins our experience as we find our seats and settle in for the dimming of the lights. This...
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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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Spotlight On: Sheena Janson

Spotlight On: Sheena Janson

Sheena Janson plays the Baker’s Wife in the wonderful Mu Performing Arts production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods (Mu, performing at Park Square Theatre, through Aug 5).  Ms. Janson is quite the best actor in the show, no mean feat given the super-high standard of performance set by the rest...
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