Author: Tulis McCall

Sea Wall/A Life

From the nanno-second that Alex (Tom Sturridge) begins to speak in Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall at the Public Theater, we know it is going to be a bad day at Black Rock.  Or Mudville.  Or wherever it is this story-teller is located as he talks to us.  Ditto for Abe (Jake Gyllenhaal) in A Life by Nick Payne. In the latter there are a few laughs well-played by Gyllenhaal, but on the whole, it is a gloomy evening.

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Charles Busch: Native New Yorker

“Winsome” is the word that comes to mind. I looked it up and the first words are: appealing, engaging, charming, winning, attractive – all of those work.  When Charles Busch performs he does not perform the way some do.  He lives his life out loud.  As a cabaret artist, Charles Busch opens the book that is himself and invites us to peek over his shoulder as he turns the pages.  We are only to eager to accept.

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Blueberry Hill

Full disclosure – scheduling was difficult for On Blueberry Hill in terms of reviewer availability.  Nobody could do it.  I myself was going to pass until a friend of mine emailed to say GO SEE THIS SHOW.
I did – and Holy Katoodles am I glad. I owe the aforementioned friend a bottle of wine or a barrel of monkeys – her choice.

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True West

There are times when I feel that I should tag my posts “The Minority Review”.  After listening to the audience hooting and hollering their approval for Roundabout Theatre’s production of True West, that is exactly where I am positioned.  I have no idea what play the audience saw – perhaps it was just one or two steps over in a different dimension.  That would explain it.

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