Alone It Stands – John Breen

In 1978 the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team toured Ireland. They had already demolished national and regional sides from all over the British Isles and seemed unbeatable. On October 31st they met Munster, a provincial outfit made up  ...

The Homecoming – Harold Pinter

Despite shifts in the moral, social, and political climate since 1964, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming remains a challenging work of theatre. It is complex, confrontational, and casually brutal about human nature. It is also linguistically rich, laden with levels  ...

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Act V, scene ii. The death of Hamlet Eugene Delacroix lithograph, 1843 Director Sam Dowling’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s most widely-read play is a treat for both devotees and initiates. Though tightly compressed into a neat two  ...

Contact

Like the 1975 musical megahit A Chorus Line, Contact grew out of an idea nurtured in a dancers' workshop environment. But Michael Bennett's glittering musical was rooted in the personal experiences of the dancers within the workshop. The book  ...

Beauty in a Broken Place – Colm Toibin

Dublin, 1926: the skeptical representation of the 1916 rebellion in The Plough and the Stars has provoked riots. The grieving widows of Republican martyrs are being hauled through the streets by Irish policemen and the public is outraged. Lady  ...

Candide

Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein ... Like virtually every other major production before it, the Royal National Theatre’s Candide has undergone considerable alteration. One of the great flawed Broadway musicals, the show has been endlessly  ...

A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

A century and a quarter have passed since Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House scandalized respectable audiences and delighted independent thinkers. A lot of progress has been made since then, especially in the area of women’s rights. But, as the  ...

Eleanor: Her Secret Journey

Eleanor Roosevelt AllPosters.com There was a lot of silver hair in the audience at Eleanor: Her Secret Journey last night. That's understandable: these are the folks who grew up with Eleanor Roosevelt as  ...

Floyd Collins

Floyd Collins was premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in 1994 and subsequently enjoyed a short run at New York's Playwright's Horizons in 1996 where it received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. It has since been  ...

Fully Committed

Ethan Sandler in the San Francisco production We have this godawful new word in the language: reservationist. (It's certainly not in my Random House Unabridged.) The word emerged, one supposes, because it is only in recent years  ...