Edward Scissorhands

Matthew Bourne has carved out an odd niche for himself re-inventing the story ballet for a new century. Previous works include a “Swan Lake” featuring buff male swans, a “Nutcracker” which took place in a Dickensian orphanage, “Car Man,” which was a sort-of retelling of the movie “The Postman Always  ...

England, Theatre Review: culturevulture.net

by Tim Crouch Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane September 25-28, 2008 Presented as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival Directed by Karl James and a Smith Featuring Tim Crouch and Hannah Ringham Touring: Through 2008, 2009 - Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Hong Kong http://www.newsfromnowhere.net/ http://www.dublintheatrefestival.com/ There is  ...

Ennio, Berkeley Rep: Theatre Review: culturevulture.net

Created and performed by Ennio Marchetto Directed by Sosthen Hennekam Berkeley Rep December 20-December 31, 2008 http://www.berkeleyrep.org/ A giant snowman waddles out onto the stage and presently morphs into Marilyn Monroe. Frankenstein stomps in and in a moment you’re looking at Frank ‘n’ Nancy Sinatra. A punk singing rap soon  ...

Wrecks, Arms & the Man, Richard II

Theater during the season in New York can amount to a rich diet. This Fall, for instance, offered an array of works by known, unknown, nearly known, and canonical writers: 'Wrecks (Niel La Bute), True West, (Sam Shepard), Arms & the Man (GBS Shaw), and as always, at least one  ...

Suddenly Last Summer, others

New York enjoyed outstanding theater during Fall of 2006. The city in this respect lived up to its reputation for having the most and the best theater in the world. We still tend to think of London in that category and that’s probably still true regarding the British tradition. But  ...

Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Three Days of Rain, Faith Healer, Rosmersolm

Theater this past season was too rich for a once over lightly; even the often-maligned Broadway kept opening superior shows, one after the other. The offerings, from revivals of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice to Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing; ‘big band’ numbers from Jersey Boys to Grey Gardens; new  ...

Ghost Stories by Ibsen

Ghost Stories by Ibsen Ibsen's Rosmersolm is a dark, spooky play featuring one Rebecca West, arguably the most demonic heroine in all dramatic literature, including Lady Macbeth. Set in a ghostly, old manse near a flooding llrace where the former Mrs. Beata Rosmer leapt to her death,  ...

‘Hamlet’: More on The Melancholy Dane

Hamlet became our badge of cultural literacy so long ago, it is well nigh impossible to see a production without stumbling over the baggage of familiarity. To list some of it as a reminder of the trouble, there’s the hero’s purported inwardness, ever since Henry Irving’s interpretation; there’s his  ...

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Feb 9-March 11, 2007 Hedda Gabler has long stood beside Nora of A Doll’s House as an example of Henrik Ibsen’s women, hemmed in by the conventions of their society and longing to break free. But there is an  ...