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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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Into The Woods by Mu Performing Arts, at Park Square Theatre

Into The Woods by Mu Performing Arts, at Park Square Theatre

Stephen Sondheim‘s Into The Woods (Mu Performing Arts performing at Park Square, through Aug 5) can be, like many late Sondheim works, difficult.  The songs, it goes without saying, thrill: Into The Woods contains the moving “No One Is Alone,” the show-stopping “Agony,” the otherworldly “Stay With Me.”  Has a better song than “Children...
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Laughter On The 23rd Floor at Park Square Theatre

Laughter On The 23rd Floor at Park Square Theatre

Neil Simon is often – unjustly, I believe – accused of being a mere jokester, a creator of le gag juste, the ka-ching king.  Okay, yes, it must be admitted, Simon’s plays do brim with jokes.  But the reason they are so widely performed – and indeed, as you read this, there is at...
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“American Family” at Park Square Theatre

“American Family” at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre, in association with Carlyle Brown & Company, has premiered a new play by Carlyle Brown, taking Park Square down an adventurous path. A commissioned piece by the theater, American Family explores the idea of a mixed-race marriage in 1960’s Alabama. Laura Collins (Noël Raymond) is determined to overcome the societal taboo...
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