Happy Birthday Doug Score 75%

Happy Birthday Doug

These characters blend together in a slow current, albeit often hilarious, looking for a destination. It is light fare delivered by a master story teller.  I was hoping for something more layered.

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Score 79%

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

The takeaway from the original Paul Mazursky film “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” could be simply that what seems like a good idea at the time, may not be something to be acted upon. It’s a lesson that The New Group might have taken to heart before presenting the world premiere musical “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” based on the film with book by Jonathan Marc Sherman, Music by Duncan Sheik and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Amanda Green. It’s not that the musical is bad, although the first few scenes are lackluster, but I’m just wondering why anybody felt the burning need to revive this particular piece of work at this particular point in time.

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Brecht: Call and Respond Score 80%

Brecht: Call and Respond

If you have never seen Brecht’s The Jewish Wife, which I had not, make this the time you go. It is a poignant story as expected from Brecht. The other two one-acts are intelligent and positioned. The acting is excellent.
Worth the ticket price of $25.

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