The Red Shoes

I have never felt that ballet was a very successful medium for telling a story. To convey emotion? It works. For the set up of a situation? Sure. But details that push the story forward become exaggerated pantomime. Therefore, I  ...

Benny & Joon

Mental illness is tough to depict in any medium, let alone a jaunty musical. Yet, the Globe’s world premiere of Benny & Joon makes it work. They don’t really get the illness part right, but in the end, it doesn’t  ...

Big Night

Say: Paul Rudnick. What do you think of? Most likely The New Yorker column, “Shouts and Murmurs,” to which he is a frequent contributor. So your expectation is lots of toss-off, funny one liners, right? Well, “Big Night” has many  ...

Luna Gale

“Luna Gale,” the sun around whom all the characters in Rebecca Gilman’s impressive Bay Area premiere play rotates, is the only one we never see. That’s because “Luna Gale” is an infant, the focus of a custody battle between her  ...

Luna Gale

“Luna Gale,” the sun around whom all the characters in Rebecca Gilman’s impressive Bay Area premiere play rotates, is the only one we never see. That’s because “Luna Gale” is an infant, the focus of a custody battle between her  ...

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

There’s a lot going on in the two-act, three-person production of “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence” — multiple characters, multiple themes, multiple time periods — so it pays to concentrate in order to absorb all the stimulating ideas  ...

Black Odyssey

It’s three-for-three — all Cal Shakes’ plays have been winners so far this summer under the new artistic direction of Eric Ting. And the brilliant “Black Odyssey” is the best of the season to date. An ingenious production in  ...

Hamlet

Hamlet is so iconic it’s easy to forget how iconic it is. You can barely get through a scene without hearing a well-worn line, and feeling that renewed sense of discovery, or hearing the title of a book you read  ...

Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

After centuries of ballads, poems and other folklore culminating in dozens of movie treatments does the world need another recounting of the Robin Hood legend? The answer is a resounding “yes,” when it’s the imaginative and rollicking  ...