Kokandy Presents a Thoroughly “Grand” Hotel

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Evan Hanover Step into the space at Theatre Wit for Kokandy Theatre’s production of Grand Hotel and you are transported somewhere elegant. Chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Beautiful architecture and twin balconies overlook a sparse but stylish hotel lobby. A pianist plays on a white […]

How to Tell a War Story: Taking a Son to See Griffin Theatre’s Compelling “Ghosts of War” and “Letters Home”

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By Joe De Rosa Last Saturday, I took my thirteen-year-old son to see Ghosts of War and Letters Home, two plays produced by the Griffin Theatre company in rotating repertory at the Den Theatre. I know taking a middle-school boy to a pair of shows that aren’t exactly young adult theater might seem like kind […]

Oh What a Beautiful “Oklahoma”! Marriott’s 75th Anniversary Production Shines

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Reviewed by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Liz Lauren Seated next to me during intermission of the opening night of Marriott Lincolnshire’s 75th anniversary production of Oklahoma, a man (presumably another critic) wondered aloud about how well this show fits into the current era. It is, after all, a show in […]

Fake Self-Help Seminar Is the “Cornerstone” of a Fine Evening

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Review by Bradley Laas What do Scientology, Jonestown, and SoulCycle all have in common? They extort the weak with a false sense of belonging. They create an artificial community of seemingly loving citizens. But these communities are backed by something much darker. Scientology provides salvation (for those who can afford it) but encourages tattle-taling, shunning, […]

Ghostlight’s Excellent “An Ideal Husband” Is More Dramedy Than Parlor Comedy

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Maria Burnham/Ghostlight Ensemble Oscar Wilde’s sarcastic wit and scathing social commentary is world famous, so it should come as no great surprise to discover that, in his play An Ideal Husband, we can find much that fits in the modern world. Despite being over 120 […]

FL OnStage: Stepping Out to the Theatre

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Review by Beverly Friend, American Theatre Critics Association member No dialogue! TIME STEP has no story! Just singing and dancing, dancing, dancing. Oh, it is easy to imagine a story, starting when the cast enters, spritely tapping their way up and down a magnificent staircase to The Lullaby of Broadway. They all carry suitcases.  Are they coming […]