Month: December 2017

Farinelli and the King

By Tulis McCall King Philippe V (Mark Rylance) is having a terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day. Every day of every week.  All of them. 24/7.  Imported from France to fill a royal vacancy in Spain, Philippe V, grandson of Louis XIV of France, is out of sorts, morose, and well, pretty much off his nut.  He is, of course, not the first head of state to have mood swings the size of a small third-world-country, but he may have been the first one to be on the receiving end of music therapy. The time is 1737 in Spain, and the King has been up...

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The Children

By Tulis McCall Ahh.  The Children.  A many layered title that covers an entire planet when you think about it, and Lucy Kirkwood wants us to think about it.  Somewhere in England, we never find out where we are exactly, something has gone very wrong.  Very wrong indeed. Robin (Ron Cook) and his wife Hazel (Deborah Findlay) have taken up residence in a cottage not far from their former home.  The former home is soaked to the gills with radiation because the tsunami that hit England slammed the local nuclear reactor.  The emergency generators were in the basement so...

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Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

Shakespeare creates a ‘now you see me, now you don’t’ world in which mistaken (and mis-taken) identity and buffoonery collide, to make a play that brims with humor, schadenfreude and, of course, romance. It’s a wild ride worth the taking.

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Meteor Shower

I wish I had more to say, but I’ll admit that I am at a loss for words after seeing “Meteor Shower,” Steve Martin’s absurd new comedy at the Booth Theatre.  What does one say about an entertainment this lightweight, this pointless, this short? I could start, I suppose, with an observation about the splendid cast and design team assembled by Jerry Zaks, the director, and the surprising amount of theatrical talent that has been squandered upon this absurdist soufflé.   Or, I could just jump right into the issue of high expectations and low return; this production had one...

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