What You Are

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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. ...

They Promised Her the Moon

Sixty years ago, the Space Race that pitted the United States against the Soviet Union had all eyes focused on the heavens. At the same time, an equally contentious Earth-bound battle of wills took place ...

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 ...

Familiar

A modern bride desires to start married life by honoring an ancient tradition of her African forebearers. But when an elder from Zimbabwe arrives to perform the ceremony it stirs ...

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 ...

The Heart of Rock & Roll

In the new musical, “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” a boatload of well-known hits and lesser-known songs by Huey Lewis and The News provide the underpinning and pulse of a pleasing and foot-taping story line ...

Blithe Spirit

An author invites a self-proclaimed clairvoyant into his home with plans to observe her during a séance and mockingly incorporate her mannerisms into a character in his next murder mystery. But the cosmic joke is on him ...

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.  ...