Noura

The immigrant experience is a storied piece of American lore: huddled masses, etc. Wave after wave have come to the U.S., many recently from the Middle East. Writ large, they arrive and gradually adjust to American life. But what  ...

The Tale of Despereaux

The downside to creating a brilliant show comes later, when you create one that’s merely good. When Pigpen Theatre Company came to the Old Globe in 2017 to perform their original story, The Old Man and the Old Moon,  ...

As You Like It

On the page, there’s nothing overtly magical about As You Like It. Nobody conjures storms or misappropriates love potions or portends the future. Still, if you accept that falling in love is its own sleight of hand, then the  ...

What You Are

There’s a point, around halfway through What You Are, when one character turns to another and asks: “You gonna make me beg?” It’s a stunning moment, both for the emotional content and the way it sums up the play.  ...

Tiny Beautiful Things

Letters are such a great narrative device. Think of the notes between Abigail and John Adams in 1776 or the chats by the far-flung addicts in Water by the Spoonful or the personal ads from  ...

Julius Caesar

For a history geek like me, there are few greater joys than a Julius Caesar production. The play is a picture postcard from that stunning moment when reasonable men thought drastic acts could save the Roman Republic. This year’s  ...

Much Ado About Nothing

Benedick and Beatrice hate each other until they love each other. Claudio and Hero love each other until they hate each other. Don Pedro seems to love everyone. His brother, Don John, seems to hate everyone – particularly himself.  ...

Barefoot in the Park

Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park is an amusing time capsule from the early 1960s – the clothing, the technology, the barely restrained longing for martinis and whiskey. Don Draper could walk in at any moment. In the wrong hands,  ...

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a poignant tale about how women have suffered in Afghanistan under a patriarchal culture and a series of repressive regimes. It’s an important story, but in this case, it’s weighed down by the sheer  ...