Kill the Debbie Downers!

What do Anton Chekhov’s most celebrated play, “The Three Sisters,” written in 1901, and “Saturday Night Live’s” character Debbie Downer have in common? Superficially, not much. But  ...

Home

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Why see a play that has no traditional plot or storyline to speak of, in which the performers are silent, accompanied only by occasional music? If the play is “Home,” the answer  ...

Fences

Toward the end of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ breath-stealing, intense and all-together riveting production of August Wilson’s masterpiece, Fences, fierce thunder claps and intense lightning punctuate a highly-charged scene. But there is another storm raging throughout Dramaworks’ deft  ...

Life After

A teenager has an argument with her father. Later in the day, he leaves an apologetic voice message. The girl ignores the call and soon thereafter loses her chance to make amends when dad dies  ...

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is one of his rarely done ‘problem plays’ because it is on dual comedy and tragedy scenarios that confounded audiences and directors for centuries. Untangling its complexities  ...

Memphis

CORAL GABLES -- About a year ago, Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn Theatre mounted a dynamic production of the highly-charged, Tony-winning musical, Memphis. Today, about 32 miles south of Slow Burn’s home, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle  ...

Twilight Bowl

Four young women in a small-town Wisconsin bar, with a bowling alley beyond. It’s a story of their lives, their sorrows, their limited futures. Bowling is a side activity for most of them, but for Sam (Becca  ...

Lackawanna Blues

“Nanny was like the government if it really worked.” That pretty much sums up the story of Nanny, the heart of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s 2001 autobiographical spoken ballad currently playing at the Taper. The story is  ...

Gabriel

A woman comes upon an unconscious, naked man washed up on a rocky beach. His rescue should be straightforward except it’s a Nazi-occupied island during World War II and  ...