Daisy Mayme – George Kelly

The Pearl Theatre Company has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the presentation of both classical theatre and traditional American plays. Given their strengths, George Kelly's family comedy from the 1920s is a natural choice to add to  ...

The Gift – Shauna Kanter

In a powerful theatrical amalgam of strong writing, sensitive and imaginative direction, dynamic ensemble acting, and an expressionistic, eerily evocative use of the human voice, Shauna Kanter's The Gift creates a dark but ultimately life-affirming vision of a terrifying  ...

Avenue Q – Jeff Whitty/Robert Lopez/Jeff Marx

Avenue Q is an unalloyed, call-all-your-friends-and-rave, delightful, joyous, enormously entertaining hit. Bring out the critic's big box of laudatory adjectives--in this show it would be a talking box perhaps called Big Box and it would sing a witty or  ...

Dancing at Lughnasa – Brian Friel

The texture of life in Dancing at Lughnasa starts out so simply, so much a cross section of the everyday, so ordinary, laced as it is with the comings and goings of quotidian life, the cooking, and cleaning, nattering,  ...

…And Then You Go On – Samuel Beckett

The Complete Critical Guide to Samuel Beckett The story is told of the 19th century actor, down on his luck, who was reduced to touring the smallest and most tattered theatres in rural America, performing by himself before ragtag  ...

Attempts on Her Life – Martin Crimp

Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life is a courageous and fascinating experiment in the creation of a new kind of play. There is no plot in the traditional sense, there is no central character who actually appears on stage,  ...

The Elephant Man – Bernard Pomerance

The current production of The Elephant Man is curiously out of balance. It strains to soar into the realm of mesmerizing theatrical magic with brilliant acting by Billy Crudup in the title role, but it is tethered by several  ...

Glamour – John O’Keefe

Somewhere in the true story of poet-scholar-novelist Robert Graves and his lover Laura Riding, also a respected poet, there may indeed be buried a dramatic and compelling play, but Glamour by John O'Keefe does not unearth it. Many of  ...

The Carpetbagger’s Children – Horton Foote

Three old ladies, sisters who have lived all their lives in a small Texas town, tell interminable tales about characters the audience never sees, and about incidents from their pasts that have minimal intrinsic interest. The characters they talk  ...