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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

JPAS finishing its run of ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out”) For three and a half years, Joseph Kesselring was the toast of Broadway with his dark comedy Arsenic & Old Lace. The play, w…

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

American Evangelicals support for Israel showcased in ”Til Kingdom Come’ by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS How does one cover 2000 years of religious history of the Jewish people and Gentiles in the Common Era (C.E.)?   Perhaps, a good start would be seeing life through the lenses…

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Andréa Burns stars in ‘Bad Dates’ streaming from George St. Playhouse by Alan Smason

When the worldwide theatre community shut down last March, Andréa Burns was riding high. She was getting ready to fly out to San Diego to be one one a group of actors who would be mounting …

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Melancholy Soul of ‘Tchaikovsky’: A Cinematic Journey by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN The first name that comes to mind whenever the name Hershey Felder comes into play is that of actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Not only do both men physically resemble each other, ar…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Kenyatta’s star rises in Robeson tribute: ‘The World Is My Home’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, Special to For the past two decades, Stogie Kenyatta has researched, performed and perfected his one-man show The World Is My Home – The Life of Paul R…

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Monday, January 4, 2021

‘Casablanca’: How and why it became an iconic Hollywood movie by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Special to (Desert Local News) – When the movie “Casablanca” merged the powerful elements of love, war, and destiny in 1942, the film and its produc…

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

New ‘Estella Scrooge’ is Dickensian love letter by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) It might be easy to dismiss Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist as another in a continuing procession of holiday far…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Williamstown Festival’s ‘Animals’ much more than Black-White affair by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) The third entry in the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s season using the Aubible platform was released in late December. This w…

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Rebecca Luker, angelic soprano, departs for heavenly stage by Alan Smason

Rebecca Luker, a three-time Tony Award nominated actress, whose crystal-clear soprano voice and stunning presence established her as a star in some of Broadway’s more noted musicals of the…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Audra McDonald is heard, but not seen in Williamstown’s ‘Streetcar’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON Ever since the words “novel coronavirus” began to make the news circuits and theaters began what was hoped to be a relatively short downtime, the ingenuity of resourceful …

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Jessica Sherr proves ‘Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies’ by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN Of all the celebs channeled by drag queens and female impersonators, Bette Davis, like flies to honey, has always been at the top of every performers list. Her mannerisms, he…

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Taurel reaches emotional peak in ‘The American Soldier’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“) Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions limiting crowd sizes at public gatherings, local theatre companies have found themselve…

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Friday, October 2, 2020

UNO unpacks ‘Single Black Female’ by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON With the current COVID-19 pandemic creating new and interesting virtual meeting places, university campuses have been marked by responsiveness and ingenuity. Last spring’s v…

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tony Awards Committee determines eligibility of shows by Alan Smason

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on August 27, 2020 to confirm the eligibility status of three Broadway productions for the 2020 Tony Awards®. This was the final time the Tony A…

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Friday, July 10, 2020

‘Hamilton’ on Disney Plus is sure cure to lose pandemic blues by Alan Smason

By ALAN SMASON As the seconds ticked by to display a 2:00 a.m. CDT time on the computer, it was easy for me to imagine the sounds of a million click booms on TV remotes across the nation. Th…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

2020 Drama Desk Awards announced by Alan Smason

The 65th annual Drama Desk Awards, which had been postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then rescheduled for Sunday, May 31, only to be postponed again due to the emerging protests and…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Why review theatre? by Alan Smason

By HARRY DUKE, originally published in NORTH BAY BOHEMIAN What is the point of reviewing theatre? If you had asked me that question 90 days ago, my answer would be to provide potential audie…

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’ adaptation closes by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN Surprise of all surprises, the 1969 movie “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” thanks to The New Group and Pershing Square Signature Center, is back in the news again…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Busch gilds the ‘Confession of Lily Dare’ by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN In or out of drag, whether on stage or page, the 65-year-old actor playwright Charles Busch, with some 40 years of show business under his belt, is a force to be reckoned wit…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Coyote Stageworks debut’s a terrific ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at P/S Cultural Center by Alan Smason

By JACK LYONS, Special from Desert Local (PALM SPRINGS, CA.) – Coyote StageWorks, of Palm Springs, presents playwright Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 as the debut produc…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ lost in translation by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN My Name Is Lucy Barton written by Elizabeth Stout and published to a chorus of Hosannas in 2016, is now a one-woman, two-character play – running through Saturday, February…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘Is This A Room’: A Whistleblower’s Nightmare by Alan Smason

By EDWARD RUBIN I cannot remember any play that unnerved me to such a degree as the Vineyard Theatre’s production of Tina Satter’s brilliantly conceived Is This A Room. Not only did this…

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