Clueless Score 82%

Clueless

Amy Heckerling has wised up in revisiting “Clueless” for the stage in the 21st Century.  She’s pitched it for the audience that came of age when the original movie was released in 1995 – Gen X.  Well, it would be hard not to.  The movie is so entrenched in 1990’s teenage culture that to try and tear it away from it’s roots would be folly.  Besides, its original fans are all grown up and should have the bucks to spring for a theater ticket.  And the “Clueless” update includes a nod to today’s activist sentiments, without political overtones.  So that it ends on an upbeat, rousing moment that places it squarely in this day and age.  Smart.

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NOURA

It would be a cheap shot to say Noura, is just a contemporary version of  A Doll’s House, with an Iraqi-refugee wash.  But, it gets us in the ballpark.
There are many intriguing parallels, but Raffo’s Noura borrows judiciously and enriches profoundly.

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Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine Score 90%

Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine

When, and how, do the stories we tell about ourselves turn from fables to lies?  And can we find ourselves again amidst the constructs we’ve built up?  These are the questions Lynn Nottage asks in “Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine,” currently being revived by Signature Theatre.  It’s no coincidence that the word “fabulation” is a term of art not only in psychology, but in literary criticism too. In medical or psychological usage, it describes the act of telling untruthful stories by a person who believes they are real or who cannot deal with real events.  In literary criticism, it denotes a style that is similar to or combines magical realism and post modernism.  It therefore combines realistic and unrealistic or fantasy elements in one work.  “Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine” operates on both levels.

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Network Score 90%

Network

If you only have a minute and don’t need a lot of detail here’s the deal: 

Cranston’s Howard Beale is such a sustained wonder of a performance that he crowds out the rest of the cast.  Director Ivo Van Hove is fearless, rattling our cages with visual noise and a breakneck pace. Get a ticket.

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The Cher Show Score 82%

The Cher Show

With a book that barely knows what it’s doing, balanced by a director, a costumer and a star who very much do, The Cher Show is easily the most exciting new Broadway musical of the season.

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales Score 90%

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

If you are into charm and comedy, music and mischief, remembrance and reverie, you should see this show. If you are not, you are a grouch and should see this show twice. ‘Tis the season. Give in!

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