Author: Tulis McCall

Taking Care of Baby

The title of this piece may bring to mind the movie Bringing Up Baby.  But the only thing these two pieces have in common is one word. This is sort of the story of Donna McAulffe (Kristen Bush) who may or may not have killed her two children – years apart from one another.  So this is not a story for the timid of heart.  And as written by Dennis Kelly this is not a story about one person.  It is about the people who orbit her as well. Donna’s mother Lynn, (Margaret Colin) is a woman torn between her daughter’s dilemma and her own career ambitions.  With her daughter’s arrest comes a kind of public disgrace, as if she were the guilty mother herself.  It throws her caboose off track, and she has to settle for running for city council instead of the House of Representatives.  Darn that daughter of here! Dr. Millard (Reed Birney) is a self proclaimed expert on women who murder their children and even has a disease all set to pop into the pipeline.  He is fascinated by the women he studies to the extent that he can get lost in the analysis.  A lie is not something that damages a person, it is a specimen to be observed: Generally a lie is me and you both pretending to believe in something that’s untrue,...

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Queen Of The Night

LEGENDARY HOTSPOT B I L L Y   R O S E ‘ S   D I A M O N D   H O R S E S H O E TO REOPEN 75 YEARS AFTER IT FIRST DEFINED NEW YORK NIGHTLIFE IN SAME PARAMOUNT HOTEL SUBTERRANEAN LOCATION  RANDY WEINER’S ALL NEW GENRE-CROSSING EVENT ” Q U E E N   O F   T H E   N I G H T “ TO PREMIERE AT NEWLY REOPENED VENUE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE Billy Rose’s legendary supper club, Diamond Horseshoe, will reopen in its original subterranean location beneath midtown’s Paramount Hotel 75 years after it first opened its doors and forever changed New York nightlife.  The famed venue will officially open to the public on New Year’s Eve.  To celebrate its reemergence, Randy Weiner‘s newest genre-crossing, environmental experience, Queen of the Night, begins on December 31, 2013, for six weeks only. In 1938, Billy Rose opened Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel featuring the greatest performers, top vaudeville acts, and the most beautiful showgirls in the world.  The New York Times called Diamond Horseshoe the “gayest frolic on Broadway” and it remained a vibrant, groundbreaking venue until it shuttered in 1951.  It has been vacant ever since.  Until now. Diamond Horseshoe is a six-thousand square foot ballroom that will serve as not just a prime midtown nightlife destination, but also a venue for environmental theatrical experiences, events, and other unique programming.  The space,...

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Richard III and Twelfth Night

What a simple, complicated and exquisite duet is the production of these two plays in rep.  Richard III and Twelfe Night (As it is spelled in the program and on the marquee) have been bound together in a feast for everyone with the fortune to be in attendance. The simplicity begins with the set and lights (production design by Jenny Tiramani) that has no moving parts (gads!), no video projections (what???) and no fancy anything with the exception of the upstage doors that open as they would for the Queen – intuitively. For lighting I counted 42 instruments –...

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All That Fall

To watch Eileen Atkins (Mrs. Rooney) and Michael Gambon (Mr. Rooney) working together is, well, a privilege.  These two are such skilled performers that what they do is layered, intricate – and looks easy.  So fluid and supportive are they that one forgets this is “play-making” and thinks perhaps it is just life being lived as we watch.  Which of course it is. Their partnership is the glorious part of All That Fall, which refers not to the season but to Psalm 145: The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down which is the only utterance that gives them a great walloping laugh.   It is one we all need, because this is a not a good lifetime they are sharing. On this day Maddy Rooney is making the trek to the train station to greet her husband Dan.  He is a blind man who always needs a helping hand, and on this June day, because it is Dan’s birthday, Maddy’s being there to greet him will be his present.  On the way to the station she meets several of her sad brethren, Christy (Ruairi Conaghan) with his hinney (horse/donkey mix), Mr. Tyler (Frank Grimes) on bike, Mr. Slocum (Trevor Cooper ) in his automobile and Mr. Burrell (James Hayes) and Miss Fitt (Catherine Cusack) at the train station.  Each encounter sinks lower...

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