British born Andy Walmsley designed the West End/Broadway musicals “Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story” and “Blood Brothers”. He created the set for the globally syndicated TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. His set design has been widely seen on “Pop Idol” and “American Idol” for which he won an Emmy, as well as on current TV shows “America’s Got Talent”, “The Biggest Loser”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Here is our interview with Andy Walmsley.
Mr. LaBute beautifully merges the serio with the comic, and Mr. Kind and Ms. Crovatin execute their gamesmanship with depth and comic timing.
This revival of Helen Edmundson’s 1993 play The Clearing has the peculiar originality of presenting a first act slump. The second act is far more dramatic and exciting.
With the direction and entire cast equally splendid, this production is perfection.
Beneath the glorious, lyrical playwright, Tennessee Williams was all about lust.
There are a lot of laughs in “The Way West” about a family’s descent into debt and insolvency. With humor in pathos, playwright Mona Mansour captures the tenuous way many Americans are living nowadays, financially over their heads with no job security, or worse, permanently unemployed.
Mr. Edelman has a gift for dialogue and knows precisely how to balance wit with serious subjects. The Belle of Belfast is thoroughly entertaining.
The characters are steeped in faith and their relationship with God. For non-believers, call it superstition.
The ensemble cast works beautifully together, bringing their characters and relationships to life with truth. Their realism is a gift to audiences accustomed to glossy cue to cue acting. Though this community’s disaster isn’t ours, its emotions and fabric of human connection are universal.
Mr. Stoppard is a wordsmith extraordinaire. Though he gets carried away sometimes with his words, it is a treat on this side of the Atlantic to hear the greatness of the English language.
This team reaches the golden goal post of “living on stage” in this production. They are relaxed and listen to each other, without cue to cue talk too often seen in today’s theater. Mr. Belber has spun a clever web of plot twists that you won’t see coming. I like it when I can’t guess whodunnit.
Three ball busting women and their p-whipped men, a pushy father and his lackluster son, an adulterous traveling salesman (is there any other kind?) form the guest roster at a chintzy motor inn outside of Boston. Add the wise bimbo waitress who works there, and you have five pairs of stories. What does each couple have in common? One partner craves something the other doesn’t want. There lies the “drama” in this rather banal play...
Definition “Donkey Punch”: when a guy is having anal sex with a girl and just before he climaxes he punches her in the back of the head so that she tenses up which makes his orgasm better. If this term wasn’t in your sex glossary, don’t feel like a prude. Even sexually motivated Kareena (Cleo Gray) isn’t familiar with the technique when she pushes an online hook-up castoff onto her reluctant roommate Sam (Lauren...
America is adept at whipping itself into frenzy over the “great unknown”. With a penchant for jingoism and a simple minded view of all “isms”, we should use what happened to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as a lesson on mass hysteria. All reason, as well as our self-professed piety and sense of justice, go out the window when “they are gonna get us”. We’ve been through it since Salem, southern lynching, Sacco and Vanzetti. In the...
Direct from the Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland sends us a double bill of unique and original works Swing and Beowulf: The Blockbuster at the Irish Arts Center in Hell’s Kitchen. Though gentrified with different demographics today, the neighborhood has its Irish-American history. Founded in 1972, this Irish arts and cultural center loyally keeps its roots in the Kitchen. The opening work is Swing, a one-act play with two actors...