The Caretaker – Harold Pinter

The most disturbing moment in Terrible Beauty Theatre Company's production of The Caretaker comes when brothers Mick (Gary Egan) and Aston (Paul Kealyn) share a smile near the end of the play. The two men have spoken no words  ...

Bernarda Alba – Michael John LaChiusa

What sells best in commercial theater is song and dance, a popular beat and finger snapping tunes that come together in a form called “musical.” That idea could not be farther from the current production of a musical based  ...

Defiance – John Patrick Shanley

The playwright John Patrick Shanley commenting on his own work says, “Defiance is a necessary step in the life of an individual and in the life of a nation, but it is an intermediate step.” Understanding the  ...

The Cherry Orchard – Anton Chekhov

1999 film version with Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates: The Cherry Orchard VHS The Cherry Orchard DVD One might ask, "Why another Cherry Orchard?" Chekhov saw The Cherry Orchard as a comedy, but rarely  ...

Edward Scissorhands – Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne’s eagerly awaited ballet version of Tim Burton’s 1990 movie proves to be as poignant and enchanting as the celluloid version. As one might expect from Bourne this is a strongly structured story ballet with witty individual character  ...

Abigail’s Party – Mike Leigh

Tarted up in a pale-blue clinging wrap trimmed with white fur, the brilliant Beverly (Jennifer Jason Leigh) sashays across her living room holding a “pre-party” drink. It’s to help her loosen up before her guests arrive: “Y’know, to relaaax  ...

Celebration/The Room – Harold Pinter

Let the following remarks serve as an homage to Harold Pinter who has just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pinter has been prolific, by common consent a sign of genius. Not including television and film scripts and collaborations,  ...