Author: Kathleen Campion

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If you only have a minute and don’t need a lot of detail here’s the deal: 

Cranston’s Howard Beale is such a sustained wonder of a performance that he crowds out the rest of the cast.  Director Ivo Van Hove is fearless, rattling our cages with visual noise and a breakneck pace. Get a ticket.

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The Prom

At the end of the first act, and then again after the last curtain call, my guest and I turned to each other and blurted out: “So much fun!”  Short reviews have intrinsic value, and so I won’t be offended it you do not read on.  Just go to The Prom.  So much fun!

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HEAD OVER HEELS

The thematic thrust here is “binary is so last century!”  It’s not so much politically edgy as it is gently teasing, a crash course on LBGTQ+ sensibility, but all very safe.  This high-spirited production is for folks looking for a good time — a lot of pounding good music — young actors with powerhouse voices — and a director who knows his way around a farce.

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FIRE IN DREAMLAND

Kate wants to tell us the story of the great Coney Island fire of 1911 — about the noble black lion … about the mermaid who saved the Shetland ponies … about the innocent baby elephant who loyally waited in vain for redemption.  Kate is taken with the story but it is not her story.  It was whispered in her ear by the man who wants to make it his film.  She wants to whisper it in our ear.

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