“Ada and the Engine” takes us to the dawn of the computer age: 1819.

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Joe Mazza, Bravelux. Lauren Gunderson capitalized on the huge popularity of her Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley to become the most produced playwright in America for 2017, and now she has returned with another uncannily articulate and intelligent heroine in Ada Byron Lovelace, daughter […]

Theo Ubique’s “Hedwig” rocks with Will Lidke’s brilliant performance

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Austin D. Oie Photography. John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, now playing in Theo Ubique’s new theatre on Howard Street, is funny, poignant, crude, and never anything less than enjoyable. From the moment when punk rocker Hedwig enters the […]

“Prophet$” is an utterly hilarious look at televangelism

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Michael Courier. Religious televangelists, with their megachurches, their jets, their nine-figure incomes, and (sometimes) their hypocrisy unveiled for all of their congregations to see, are such a ripe topic for satire that it’s almost amazing that Anthony Tournis was able to write his comedy […]

“Lefty and Crabbe” hilariously looks back on vaudeville and the early days of movies

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Evan Hanover . In The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe, now playing at the Underscore Theatre, two talented vaudeville performers find themselves out of a career when, with the advent of talking films, vaudeville opportunities dry up completely. Desperate for any chance to keep […]

“Sweet Texas Reckoning,” perfect for Pride month, dives into complicated familial relationships

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Heather Mall. According to Artemisia Theatre, Sweet Texas Reckoning is a comedy, but you’d have to pardon audiences for not picking up the humor in this powerful production of Traci Godfrey’s play about familial relations, bigotry, and the coming out of a gay woman […]

There is serious import in RedTape’s lively and enjoyable “We Are Pussy Riot”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Austin Oie. In 2012, an anonymous Russian activist/punk rock group that called itself Pussy Riot made headlines around the world by performing a 48-second “punk prayer” called “Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Away!” in the Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Though they were […]