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 […]

The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Magic Meets Medicine

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Review by Karen Topham, Americsan Theatre Critics Association member; photos by the Rosenkranz Mysteries “How did he do that?” This is the question audiences ask themselves upon seeing any good magician display his art. And viewers at the Royal George Theatre will indeed ask this question over and over during Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz’s one-man show The […]