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 […]

Bad Girls: The Stylists Is a Cut Below the Rest

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association; photos by Karl Clifton-Soderstrom There are fine plays set in hair salons. Steel Magnolias comes to mind immediately. And it is certainly possible to write an excellent salon show that combines that iconic location with absurdity and meta-theatre. But, I ashear you, Akvavit Theatre’s Bad Girls: The Stylists […]

“Merchant On Venice” Shakespeare Adaptation Full of Wonderful Parts, But They Don’t Come Together

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Review by Joe De Rosa; photos by Scott Dray What’s in a name? Just a quick warning. This review might be a bit confounding. The issue rests with adaptations of Shakespeare, in general. At first glance, adapting Shakespeare seems like a formula. It’s just a matter of making smart substitutions. Sub in New York for […]