Author: Kathleen Campion

A Time To Kill

BY KATHLEEN CAMPION   A growing share of Broadway box office relies on the tourist trade, the clear target audience of “A Time to Kill,” Rupert Holmes’ adaptation of John Grisham’s novel. Given the now requisite standing ovation and the odd hooting that followed Wednesday night’s performance, it might be said to have hit its mark. You can almost hear the pitch: “Let’s do a Broadway show based on a blockbuster Grisham novel, that was already a box office success as a 1996 film. Let’s throw in a Matthew McConaughey (who played the lead in the film) look alike,...

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A Night with Janis Joplin

BY KATHLEEN CAMPION   In “A Night with Janis Joplin” you see dead people quite a lot. The conceit of the script is Joplin, on stage singing her heart out, with pauses to tell you about the amazing women who shaped her music: Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Odetta, Etta James and Aretha. These apparitions appear before us all over the remarkably fluid set from Justin Townsend.   Taprena Michelle Augustine gives us Bessie Smith, De’Adre Aziza offers an imposing Odetta and a dead-on Nina Simone, and Nikki Kimbrough styles Etta James.  These lively women also conjure the Chantels, the...

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