Karen Akers

An enthusiastic crowd welcomed Karen Akers on her opening night at San Francisco's Plush Room. Her engagement there is the first in a rich series of programs booked by Trevor Logan in conjunction with the West Coast Cabaret Convention. Akers makes a stunning stage appearance, with a twenties-look  ...

Amy’s View

Teal & Orange Cubes Tapestry Carpet Bag with Shoulder Strap Amy’s View, the David Hare vehicle for Dame Judi Dench currently playing on Broadway, is a stirring, complex play that follows a mother-daughter relationship over sixteen years. The mother is Esme Allen (played by Dench),  ...

And God Created Great Whales – Rinde Eckert

As ticketholders file into the theater, Rinde Eckert is seated at a piano on stage, facing away from the audience. Ethereal electronic music floats through the house. Multicolored light bulbs and many tape recorders are suspended from the ceiling on wires creating a forest of verticals on the  ...

Laurie Anderson – Song and Stories from Moby Dick

Laurie Anderson never makes it easy. Either she is a brilliant stage designer and performer, her work transcending labels and calling forth a stunning new hybrid form which includes dance, music, and spoken word, with each minute infused with a rush of the most amazing sound and visual technological  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...