Author: Tulis McCall

The Who’s Holiday

Welcome to Who’s Holiday, the sad, sad, and even sadder tale of Cindy Lou Who, from the classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Doctor Seuss.  Published in 1957, it featured Cindy Lou as a young girl of 3 years old, which would make her roughly 62 right now.  Lesli Margherita is about 20 years off that mark.  

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20th Century Blues

Having spent an enormous chunk of time over the past few years writing from the perspective of being a Woman of a Certain Age, my reaction to Susan Miller’s 20th Century Blues is this: Horse Hockey (to quote Colonel Potter in MASH).  This is a well-intentioned play, focusing on a subject that is rarely seen in the theatre.  Nevertheless the storyline is so contrived that it nearly doubles back on itself and in the process loses its hold on the point of the tale.

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Pride and Prejudice

During the intermission for Pride and Prejudice I heard more than once, “You should have seen Sense and Sensibility. THAT was stupendous.”  Oiy – I have done this same thing so many times I cannot count.  Compare what is in front of me to something that was.  Well, my chums, I have seen the light. 

I say to you down-players, I say indeed – “Pish-tosh.”  Or if you prefer, “Pish-posh.”  Or as the Bank Manager said to the Loan Officer, “It’s a knick-knack, Paddywack.  Give the frog a loan.”

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Harrry Clarke

Seeing this production of Harry Clarke, reminded me once again that Billy Crudup is a terrific actor. It is more than talent.  It is specificity, focus and commitment.  Crudup is a man crafting his craft.

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The Wolves

By Tulis McCall There is something both delicious and humbling about this splendid production of Sarah DeLappe‘s The Wolves at Lincoln Center.  The Playwrights Realm has nurtured this play into a delicate yet blunt portrait of young women who are learning the game of relationships – and doing it on their own.  And it has landed with a glorious explosion at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. The Wolves are a soccer team in Somewhere America.  Over six weeks we see them in that intimate time between the street and the playing field.  They are warming up, stretching mostly, but at other...

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