Author: Tulis McCall

The Snow Geese

BY TULIS McCALL   This one has me mystified.  For the entire two hours of this show I was grasping for a foothold.  I kept waiting to find a place where I could enter and be allowed inside more than a step or two.  And, with the exception of a beautiful scene between Mary Louise Parker (Elizabeth Gaesling) and Chrstopher Innvar (Theodore Gaesling) I never found solid ground. This is the story – set in 1917 – of a young man, Arnold Gaesling (Brian Cross) who is the only one in the Gaesling family ready to admit that the...

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Fun Home

By TULIS McCALL   In this astonishing musical at the Public Theatre there are three Alisons (also the name of the author). There is Small Alison (Sydney Lucas), Medium Alison (Alexandra Socha) and grown up Alison (Beth Malone). Each actor gives us much needed information on the predicament: How does Alison of the present day figure out who her father Bruce (Michael Cerveris) was? She has the facts, but piecing them together is proving problematic. Alison is a graphic artist (as is Alison Bechdel who wrote the graphic novel on which this show is based) who recalls her life...

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The Winslow Boy

BY TULIS McCALL   There is something bewildering about this production of The Winslow Boy.  For much of it I was certain I could see everyone’s lips moving, but I didn’t get what they were saying.  I mean I did understand the words, but as to the sense of it all – that wasn’t making its way across the footlights to where I was sitting. The Winslow home on a rainy Sunday afternoon just before World War I – and Ronnie Winslow (Spencer Davis Milford) has bundled himself home unannounced because he has been expelled from the Naval Academy for...

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The Glass Menagerie

BY TULIS McCALL   There are productions by which you can mark a moment in your life – the way you would treasure and recall an encounter with a loved one.  This production will be that for anyone lucky enough to see it. Although some will single out Cherry Jones as Amanda, I will not.  So beautifully crafted is this production that there are no seams between any of the elements.  The writing becomes three-dimensional.  The actors disappear into the story.  The visual elements entwine – the actors’ choreographed movements, the extraordinary set, lights, costumes and even music.  This...

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Bad Jews

BY TULIS McCALL   A Bad Jew, according to this weary script, is someone who breaks a rule – usually having to do with diet.  Like breaking a fast prematurely and then shrugging it off.  For Daphna Feygenbaum (Tracee Chimo) this is tantamount to spitting in the eye of history.  Forget your Jewish roots and what will happen to that unbroken golden vein that reaches directly from you back to before you-know-who walked the earth.  The zeal to which Daphna clings to this philosophy is the centerboard of Joshua Harmon’s script.  But it is not strong enough to keep...

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