Big Love – Charles L. Mee

Comedy, entertainment, but a whole lot more is served up in Big Love at the Pacific Resident Theater. This modern update of Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women shares little with the numerous other theater offerings this season which rewarm old  ...

Henry IV (Part I) – William Shakespeare

Playwright Mark O’Rowe’s lively compression of the second part of Shakespeare’s tetralogy of ‘history plays’ detailing the ascension to power of Henry V is the stage equivalent of an action movie. Stripping language and characterization right back in favor  ...

Boston Marriage – David Mamet

As his fondness for magician Ricky Jay (among other things) reveals, David Mamet loves tricks and puzzles. Consider the mysterious titles of some of his best known plays: Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, The Cryptogram. So it isn't surprising that his latest  ...

Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen

In 1991, Dramaten, the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, brought to the Brooklyn Academy of Music a version of Ibsen's A Doll's House, directed by Ingmar Bergman that was revelatory. It was as though a giant theatrical handduster had  ...

Book of Days – Lanford Wilson

"In my end," wrote T.S. Eliot in Four Quartets, "is my beginning." Lanford Wilson's latest play, Book of Days, receiving its New York premiere as part of the Signature Theatre's season devoted to his plays, confirms this aphorism by  ...

Conversations on a Homecoming – Tom Murphy

Sandwiched between The Gigli Concert and Bailegangaire, Tom Murphy’s Conversations on a Homecoming was first produced in 1985. Taking place in the West of Ireland in the early 1970s, it is a reflection on the ideals and idealism of  ...