Author: Victoria Weisfeld

Conscience

The real-life confrontation between Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith and the red-baiting Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy is brilliantly explored in Joe DiPietro’s new play Conscience, on stage at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Goodnight Nobody

McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, N.J., presents a stunning new play by Rachel Bonds, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, that opened January 18 and runs through February 9. The play’s five characters have fifteen relationships among them, relationships with the power to sneak up on you and knock you out of your seat.

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Most of the company comes direct from the Lookingglass production. All strong players, they manage the dramatic aerial features and give the characters richness and three-dimensionality. Though all are excellent, Keith Gallagher delivers an unforgettable portrayal of the monster.

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Romeo and Juliet

Perhaps in trying to make the play approachable for new generations, Belknap encouraged the actors to hurry along and avoid ensnarement by Shakespeare’s rhythmic prose. At times, though, the main characters spoke so quickly I couldn’t follow (from the front row). If length was a consideration, judicious cutting would have been preferable to racing through the dialog. Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful play. I want my full measure of enjoyment out of it.

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