"The House of Blue Leaves" Isn't Sure What It Wants To Be

"The House of Blue Leaves" Isn't Sure What It Wants To Be

Returning to an old favorite, I journeyed to Wellesley Repertory Theatre (formerly known as Wellesley Summer Theatre) to see The House of Blue Leaves, a play by John Guare (rhymes with “flair”), an award-winning playwright.  The play is arguably his best work, a period piece about American life, dashed dreams, faith, mental illness, and the relationships that hold us all together.  Wellesley Repertory Theatre starts to warm up to the challenge, beginning with a slow and frigid Act 1, but ending with a triumphant statement and moment.

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KERPLOP! Is a Splashing Success

KERPLOP! Is a Splashing Success

imaginary beasts has gained notoriety for their impressive ensembles and inventive use of storytelling to transform an archaic medium into something wonderfully expressive and accessible for contemporary audiences of all ages.  I was ecstatic to see their annual Winter Panto, and I was not disappointed, as this year's panto surpassed many elements of last year’s award-nominated production.  This year, Kerplop! The Tale of the Frog Prince is a masterful use of a strong company of diverse cast members and purposeful storytelling that works on multiple levels of entertainment and humor.  For me, this Frog was King.

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Argos Dresses Finely for "The Haberdasher"

Those people who know me as a theatre reviewer know that I have a list. This list includes some of my favourite theatre artists (directors, actors, designers), but they also include my list of “If I only had enough time to see their work” artists. Luckily, I had time to review not one but two artists on this list.The Haberdasher!: A Tale of Derring-Do is an exciting new play by Boston’s always-clever, never-safe playwright Walt McGough. McGough is one of those playwright about whom you hear Boston theatre professionals whisper in hushed tones; he has quickly made a name for himself as a prolific playwright in the Boston theatre scene. Needless to say, I needed to see his work, and I was not disappointed.

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ASP Breathes New Life Into Henry VIII‘s History

I was pleasantly surprised to find a new Shakespeare play to enjoy on a chilly December night. Actors’ Shakespeare Project tackles the rarely-produced Henry VIII by the famous bard. This play is one of his later plays but without much of the memorable depth of King Lear or Winter’s Tale. In fact, I was surprised to find much of the play to be a mere homage to Queen Elizabeth (and her ancestors). Actors’ Shakespeare Project, lead by the knowledgeable Tina Packer, carries the show, however, to great success.

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"Punk Rock" Showcases Some Impressive Young Talent

Zeitgeist Stage Company offers a treat in its most recent production of Punk Rock, a rarely-performed British drama by Simon Stephens. Performed in the intimate Plaza Black Box and using an alley-way set design with simple chairs and tables, the focus of this production is on the actors and their characters. With few exits and entrances, the actors are forced to stretch themselves to their breaking point onstage in some intense and emotionally demanding moments. Luckily, these young actors rise to the challenge with some performances exceeding expectations.

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