Big Love – Charles L. Mee

Big Love is big fun at Berkeley Rep. O.K., so it’s Aeschylus again but Charles L. Mee’s zany rehash of the ancient story of 50 brides who flee 50 grooms rather than be forced into marriage bears little outward resemblance to the somber Oresteia that opened the Rep’s  ...

This Time – Los Lobos

Los Lobos began as the dance band of your fondest dreams. Their best songs blended '50's R&B rave-ups and norte�a stomps: two hot guitarists fought for space with an accordion over a two-stepping polka, Cesar Rosas growling the fast ones, David Hildago sweetly crooning the occasional ballad. On a  ...

The Beauty Queen of Leenane – Martin McDonagh

The Beauty Queen of Leenane premiered in 1996 in Galway, Ireland. It subsequently had a successful run in London and won four Tony Awards in New York. The relatively simple staging requirements and the small cast of four characters has assured it many other productions in smaller cities, too  ...

Beauty in a Broken Place – Colm Toibin

Dublin, 1926: the skeptical representation of the 1916 rebellion in The Plough and the Stars has provoked riots. The grieving widows of Republican martyrs are being hauled through the streets by Irish policemen and the public is outraged. Lady Gregory (Derbhle Crotty), co-founder of the Abbey theatre, is in  ...

The Beautiful Game

Theatregoers walking into the Cambridge Theatre are greeted by the site of a black stage surrounded by a bombed out proscenium. Lloyd Webber’s latest is an attempt to get away from the theatrical spectaculars of Phantom, Starlight and Sunset Boulevard in which lush settings and empty emotionalism seemed almost  ...

Bea Arthur

The feeling a theatergoer has as Bea Arthur sings, jokes, and tells her stories is that earlier that day there was a message on the answering machine or an e-mail with an invitation to drop by Bea's apartment. Billy Goldenberg will be there lounging on the piano bench, a  ...

Barbaric Comedies – Ramon Maria del Valle-Incl�n/Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuiness has given a slight Irish twist to his strident adaptation of Spanish author Ram�n Mar�a del Valle-Incl�n’s notoriously ‘unstageable’ trilogy of plays presented under the collective title, Barbaric Comedies. Valle-Incl�n began his career as a journalist and short-story writer. His assault upon Spanish political, moral, and  ...

Bash – Neil LaBute

Paul Rudd and Calista Flockhart in the Showtime production of "Bash" "Atrocity is ‘the new black’," says filmmaker and playwright Neil LaBute (Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty) in the introduction to the programme for the Dublin run of Bash. The play is a dark  ...

Barbara Cook – Mostly Sondheim

Barbara Cook, gifted with a clear, beautifully toned lyric soprano voice and ingenue good looks, was a megastar of the Broadway musical stage for a decade in the 1950's and 1960's. She created three important roles in the American musical repertoire: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide (1956), Marian the  ...

Annie Get Your Gun

Irving Berlin’s score for Annie Get Your Gun is one of only a handful, like Guys and Dolls and The King and I, in which virtually every number is instantly familiar. The show is also indelibly identified with its original star, Ethel Merman. There have been a number of  ...