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Saturday, September 18, 2021

A Tense Family Journey at Oregon Shakespeare Festival by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL (Dashland, OREGON) – Water by the Spoonful is perhaps even more relevant today than when it was staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2014. The play initially appeare…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:04PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

A Gripping Tale at American Players Theatre by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL SPRING GREEN, WI. – This summer, while audiences were flocking to the large, outdoor theater to view Shakespeare under the stars, another small miracle was taking place insi…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 06:33AM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Diversity, talent highlight Cutting Edge Theater’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) When the notices first went out proclaiming an upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard at Slidell’s C…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 03:36AM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Tony Award winners enjoy comic romp in ‘Judgment Day’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Rob Ulin must be a very happy man. He obviously has been saying his prayers and living a proper and pious life. That must be the…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:50AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Shakespeare undergoes South Beach transformation in ‘Comedy of Errors’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Watch out, Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, there are two dudes named Antipholus who are being confused for one another in the Sou…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:24PM

‘The Winter’s Tale’ brings sizzling summer fun to Wisconsin parks by Alan Smason

By ANNE SIEGEL Under a towering grove of old growth trees, on an exceptionally balmy evening, the Summit Players were hurriedly making preparations for their production of free Shakespeare i…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:42AM
Sunday, July 25, 2021

Cutting Edge Theater finishes run of ‘Sweet Potato Queens: The Musical” by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Jill Conner Browne has transformed herself into the head of a giant cottage industry of self-aware and loudly proud plus-sized a…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:23PM

North Coast Rep Theatre presents its final 2021 streaming drama: ‘Dr. Glas’ by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS It’s amazing what the human mind can understand and accomplish when it comes to the world of theatre and its sister art form the motion picture.  Both are potent art forms …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:14AM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Summer Lyric Theatre’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar: There’ll be some changes made by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”) The second and final weekend of Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane’s Jesus Christ Superstar brings with it the final shows of the …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:09AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings): A big presence on a tiny stage by Alan Smason

By EDWIN RUBIN The very mention of the New York City’s own wildly popular actress and comedian Jackie Hoffman – she of 1000 facial expressions, bodily quirks, a score of well-placed ad l…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 05:52AM
Saturday, July 3, 2021

Ed Dixon’s lovable tribute to George Rose blooms in online stream by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) When the shutdown of Broadway occurred in March of 2020, there were few devotees who expected it to drag on for more than 16 mon…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:43AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Flawless direction guides SLT’s ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”) It’s taken two years for the darkened stage of Tulane University’s Dixon Hall to be witness to the frenetic work of dozens o…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 08:11AM

North Coast Rep revels with Tovah Feldshuh’s ‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Tovah Feldshuh has made a career of originating memorable roles of strong female characters on both the small and large screens,…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:48AM
Saturday, June 26, 2021

‘Tennessee Rising’: The Dawn of Jacob Storms by Alan Smason

By Edward Rubin The night I attended a live production of Jacob Storms’ one man show, Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams, held at the Cell Theater in New City, it was raining…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 02:02PM
Monday, June 21, 2021

Broadway, film star Tovah Feldshuh morphs into ‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ now streaming by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT) of Solana Beach, CA., brings gifted, multiple award-winning actor Tovah Feldshuh to their stage to star in playwright Mark St. Germain’s …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:15PM
Sunday, June 20, 2021

George Street Playhouse’s ‘It’s Only a Play’ finishes virtual season by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”) At the start of this pandemic-impacted season, New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse unveiled bold plans to present four productio…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:50AM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Summer Lyric Theatre’s imaginative ‘Songs for a New World’ now streaming by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”) It’s been a year of firsts for Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane’s (SLT) artistic director Michael McKelvey. After a year of sh…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 02:19PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

HBO scores with riveting film version of Broadway drama ‘Oslo’ by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS If this COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, then it’s forced the American viewing public to think outside the traditional creative arts box when it comes to entertainme…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 05:51AM
Friday, June 4, 2021

Laiona Mitchell brings ‘Dear Sugar’ to life in ‘Tiny Beautiful Things by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN Tiny Beautiful Things, George Street Playhouse’s filmed play, based on Cheryl Strayed’s book, “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar,” a  2…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:06PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Heather Massie’s one-woman vehicle showcases Hedy Lamarr’s dual lives of screen icon, scientist by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out”) When Heather Massie arrived on the stage of BB’s Stage Door Canteen after 14 months of postponed performances from COVID safe…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:00PM
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Rivertown’s ‘Grease’ dances its way into theatre lovers’ hearts by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”) If there were any indication that the worst of the pandemic is now behind us and that a return to what we formerly considered …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 02:34PM
Friday, May 14, 2021

Laiona Mitchell leads cast of George St. Playhouse’s ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Cheryl Strayed published her book “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar” in 2012, based on several…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:55PM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Superb cast makes ‘Nunsense’ a guilty pleasure by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON Look out! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are back, but you need not reach for your rosary beads or prepare to make an act of contrition. All you need do is head over to Riverto…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:36AM

Hemingway film captures the man, the myth by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS Ernest Hemingway, the American novelist and author, became a giant of American 20th century literature.  His style was new in the early 1920s.  It was fresh and it was larg…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 06:10AM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

John Cullum celebrated in ‘An Accidental Star’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) John Cullum, the two-time Tony Award winning leading Broadway actor, might have been content to rest on his well-deserved laurel…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:43PM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

Streaming stars of yesteryear seen in filmed reading of ‘Middletown’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON No. It’s not a latter-day Our Town. Nor is it Love Letters for couples. It is, however, somewhere in between. Streaming sales for a filmed stage reading of Dan Clancy’s Mi…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 12:07PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Maulik Pancholy dials into hilarious characters in ‘Fully Committed’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON When playwright Becky Mode wrote her first piece Fully Committed, she wrote well of what she knew. She had worked for many years as a worker in fine New York eateries taking r…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 12:49PM
Friday, March 26, 2021

Updated, virtual ‘God of Vengeance’ colored through modern lens by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) The story of God of Vengeance (Got fun Nekome), the three-act drama in Yiddish by Sholem Asch, was famously recounted in 2017 wi…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 04:27PM
Friday, March 12, 2021

Bad Dates: A dazzling array of shoes, clothes, men, police and the Romanian mafia by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN For great fun, and a breathless romp through one woman’s topsy-turvy life, Bad Dates, George Street Playhouses’ filmed version of Theresa Rebeck’s 2003 zany one-woman p…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 02:54PM
Monday, March 8, 2021

Beck Center streams concert of Broadway alums by Alan Smason

By ROY BERKO Beck Center often coordinates with Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre program to produce some of the Cleveland area’s best musical theatre.  Not only does the stage often sparkle…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:37PM

Andréa Burns Dons Shoes and Discards ‘Bad Dates’ Delightfully by Alan Smason

Andréa Burns sizzles and sparkles as Haley, a single parent trying to raise a teenage daughter, run a barely legitimate restaurant that only takes cash and still find time to search for lov…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 01:35PM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54