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  ...

House of Blue Leaves: culturevulture.net

Written by John Guare Direction by Nicholas Martin With Kate Burton, Jane Kaczmarek, and John Pankow Mark Taper Forum http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/ August 30 -- October 19, 2008 John Pankow, Jane Kaczmarek, Kate Burton. Photo: Craig Schwartz. Is it blasphemous to say that John Guare's The House of Blue  ...

culturevulture.net – review

“Ice Glen,” running through Dec. 10 at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, is a bagatelle, a brush of a butterfly wing, a brief haiku that is pretty but has little meaning. The descriptions are apt; as Joan Ackermann’s pleasant little play strives to combine the worlds of society, nature and  ...

Hay Fever

... Hay Fever has been described as a comedy of bad manners. Unfortunately, Declan Donnellan has turned Coward's wickedly funny and deceptively vicious play into something more akin to a burlesque. In the process he has also dulled the edge of both its wit and its telling observations about  ...