Author: Kathleen Campion


You might say there is something for everyone here — love and loss, teenaged angst, loss of innocence, aliens (the space kind), comic books cum graphic art, the existential struggle of good vs evil, even earnest ecological concerns.  (Selma Ritter’s droll observation about Eve Harrington’s histrionic story comes to mind: “Everything but the bloodhounds snapping at her rear end.”)

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So let me just say it.  I found the first act annoying, the songs overlong to the point of tedium.  (That may say more about my attention span than anything else.)  That said, the second act delivers.  It benefits by reprising “It’s a Lovely Day Today,”  a charming duet with Jason Gotay and Lauren Worsham, which you loved in act one, and probably always have.

Act two also leans heavily on the durable chemistry between Carmen Cusack and Jason Gotay as they engage the harmonies of “You’re Just In Love.”  What’s more, we get one of Berlin’s affectionate tributes to vaudeville, with the roistering trio of Brad Oscar, Stanley Wayne Mathis, and Adam Heller, as they deliver  “They Like Ike,”  replete with straw hats and time-steps.  I’m saying the second act gets it done.

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It would be a cheap shot to say Noura, is just a contemporary version of  A Doll’s House, with an Iraqi-refugee wash.  But, it gets us in the ballpark.
There are many intriguing parallels, but Raffo’s Noura borrows judiciously and enriches profoundly.

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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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