Author: Tulis McCall

Hello, Dolly!

The entire production is a creamsicle designed to make you feel good.  Period.  The music is mostly jolly and occasionally poignant.  Love is in the air and people believe in it’s power and it’s ability to change your life in a moment.  The dancers and chorus evoke applause just by landing on the stage.  The plot is of course predictable, but that is not why we are there – we are there to be taken on a journey.  Specifically, Dolly’s journey that overflows into the lives of everyone she meets.  Bernadette Peters understands that.  Her response is to hoist the entire audience up on her diminutive shoulders and carry us to Heaven.  

Dolly is finally home, where she belongs.

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A Walk With Mr. Heifetz

The title A Walk With Mr. Heifetz is misleading, because it leads a person to think that this play may be, like A Walk In The Woods by Lee Blessing an event of some magnitude.  It is not.  It is a seminar on the history of Israel that manages to be one-sided and absent of fireworks of any sort.   

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John Lloyd Young – Heart to Heart at Café Carlyle

Well is THIS a pleasant surprise.  I suppose I am the only one on the planet who didn’t know who John Lloyd Young is.  THAT’s over.  The original Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, Lloyd Young has cashed in on his talent and good fortune to built himself a castle in the sky.  He knows his niche, his music and his audience.  His voice is rich, his style is smooth and reminiscent of the Rat Pack.  His tuxedo is never unbuttoned.  Unlike the Rat Pack, however, Lloyd Young is secure in his skin and generous to both his musicians and his audience.

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The Hangmen

Bet that title makes you wonder what the play is about, right?  Well The Hangmen is about a lot more than hangmen – but not by much.  Is it also about being careful of the irreversible quality of your actions – let’s say hanging someone, for instance – because those actions may be the very ones that some sniveling back years later to take a piece out of your behind.

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Fire and Air

By Austin Yang By the principle that history, the human condition, and art itself are some of the deepest  subjects addressed in the arts, it stands to reason that a work about a historical figure with significant artistic shrewdness is as high-risk-high-reward as theatre gets. Creating and executing such a work is a matter of provocation and sustenance. Or, in other words, of fire and air. Precisely what the Classic Stage Company aims to do and is celebrated for. Fire & Air, about Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballet Russes, draws from a rich history of a man whose contributions...

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