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Funny, singing and dancing and one joyous evening with zombies at Skylight

How old you are would seem to be an issue in “Zombies from the Beyond,” the James Valcq chestnut that opened Friday night at Skylight Music Theatre. After all, the show is a send-up of the C class group of … Continue reading

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Michael Cotey directs a masterful production of a Shakespearen mystery at Next Act

Just take a look around you and shake your head at this world we live in. Truth vs. Lies. Alternative facts. Demands for unbridled flattery. Opposing forces of government. Treachery. Sorrow and jealousy. If it sounds familiar it should but … Continue reading

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Rep’s “Black Pearl Sings” – not enough singing and too much talking and talking and talking

Driven by an obvious desire to cover all the bases – and even create new bases – playwright Frank Higgins has created two distinct and troubled characters who live in parallel universes. And each character gets equal depression-era weight with … Continue reading

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RENAISSANCE SCORES A SMASHING HIT WITH AN IMMIGRANT RUSSIAN FAMILY TALE OF DISINTEGRATION

Ah, America. The land of opportunity. We welcome you to our shores but….be careful. Don’t fall into the America trap, one that can be the painstakingly slow disintegration of your own personal American dream. America can eat you alive. That’s … Continue reading

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“Constellations” brings dramatic and powerful end to All In Productions season

It’s a rare theatrical evening indeed, when the most unexpected combination of disciplines create a chemical reaction that explodes inside your heart. That’s the case in “Constellations,” the Nick Payne romantic comedy/drama that was opened by All In Productions Friday … Continue reading

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Transcendent trio of actors bring touching and funny to a story of sisters

Once upon a time a famous chef – Wolfgang Puck or Julia Childs or Gordon Ramsay – said that “cooking is an art but baking is a science.” None of those famous people ever had a chance to see the … Continue reading

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Funniest Christmas Play You Will Ever See Running at Next Act

A carpenter named Joe walks into the Nazareth tavern, nervous about this date that is a fix-up. Sitting in a chair, clutching a white afghan over her tummy, sits the very pretty Mary. It’s her first blind date. He introduces … Continue reading

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Lonely guys, elderberry wine and old lace ladies – Happy Holidays from Off the Wall

Ah, the holidays in the theater – music, beautiful and sparkly costumes, dancing, Christmas trees, cute kids warm-hearted adults – it’s a winter wonderland of warmth and decking the halls. And then there is Dale Gutzman and his ever-dangerous Off … Continue reading

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First Stage Young Company sinks its teeth into an American classic

It takes little more than a minute to herald that we are about to be taken on a strange and, perhaps, wonderful journey When the always magnetic Jennie Babisch climbs onto the stage, tweed jacket and tie, and grabs a … Continue reading

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Clements’ “Christmas Carol” a a magnificent tale of suspense

This year the agonizing journey of Scrooge seemed endless as he was faced with vivid echoes of his past, from young boy to young man to aging skinflint. The suspense in the audience was palpable. Continue reading

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