Lifeline’s “The Man Who Was Thursday” is a very funny satire that is perfect for our times

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Suzanne Plunkett. I found a cartoon on Facebook this evening. In the top panel, labeled “Reality 50 Years Ago,” a Democrat and a Republican look at a sideways number on the ground. “Nine,” says the Democrat, which is accurate from his perspective. The Republican, […]

“Gross Indecency” is all about the “love that dare not speak its name”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Tom McGrath. In his introduction to the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde commented that “there is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well-written or badly written.” This sentiment could be applied to Wilde’s life as well: […]

Joffrey’s world premeire of “Anna Karenina” is “brave, bold, and brilliant”

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Review by Joe De Rosa; photograph by Cheryl Mann There is a moment in Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina when it is impossible to tell if Anna is brave or crazy. Though her passion for Vronsky–her dashing, dangerous, enigmatic, and maybe a little self-absorbed lover–has overtaken her to the point where she’s made her desire […]

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a masterwork for both its author and its director

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Michael Brosilow. There is simply no better director alive for interpreting the works of August Wilson than Ron OJ Parson, who has opened his 26th such interpretation with Writers Theatre’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the 1920s edition of the playwright’s American Century Cycle. Parson […]