Enchanted April
Milwaukee Repertory Theater - Stiemke Theater

Is Matthew Barber's Enchanted April truly an enchanted production? Thankfully, yes. A stellar cast brings this period piece to life, under the astute direction of Michael Halberstam.

Anne Siegel
In the Belly of the Beast
Florida Studio Theater - Gompertz Stage III

Prison is the principal setting for the story of Jack Henry Abbott.
It's as solid a place as the theatrical backdrop of a concrete wall, jaggedly
cut away to reveal a vertical steel door. It closes, with thunderous clang, on
Abbott, thrown in to confront us. 

Marie J. Kilker
Breaking The Code
Diversionary Theater


Prior to WWII, mathematician Alan Turing, age 24, distinguished himself at Cambridge with his published work, "On Computable Numbers..." During the war, he broke Germany's Enigma code, and his theories led to the invention of the computer. Winston Churchill presented him with the Officer of the British Empire, the empires highest civilian award. In the mid-fifties, after admitting to homosexuality, he died, allegedly at this own hand.

Robert Hitchcox
Breath of Spring
Poway Performing Arts Company


Robert Hitchcox
Bride Of Frankenstein, The
TheatrX


Robert Hitchcox
Bridge to Terabithia
Children's Theater of Charlotte


Perry Tannenbaum
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Davidson College - Hodson Hall


Perry Tannenbaum
Bristol Renaissance Faire
Bristol Renaissance Faire


Mary Shen Barnidge
Broadway
Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts - Mertz Theater


Marie J. Kilker
Broadway
Tomlinson Theater


Steve Cohen
Broadway Bound
Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts - Mertz Theater

Broadway Bound is more than Neil Simon's autobiographically inspired account of Eugene Jerome and his older brother Stanley's entry into show biz from pedestrian jobs and lower-middle-class home in Brighton Beach. It's Eugene's story of the final stages of an entire family breakup.

Marie J. Kilker
Brooklyn Boy
Lyceum


Robert Hitchcox
Brooklyn Boy
Florida Studio Theater - Keating Mainstage


Marie J. Kilker
Brothers All
Sixth at Penn Theater

Robert Hitchcox
Bruschetta
Act One Studios


Kevin Henely
Brutality Of Fact
Actors Theater of San Francisco

Contemporary American life -- heaven help us -- is reflected in Keith Reddin's quirky, funny yet sad, tale of a mixed-up family.  Mother Val (Niki Hersh) appears to have Alzheimer's, believing one of her daughters, the feisty Maggie (Catherine Castellanos), is dead.  Val is abetted in this belief by daughter Jackie (Rachel Klyce), a religious nut who passes out Watchtower pamphlets to hostile neighbors.  Maggie drinks, and after attending an AA meeting, is befriended by an all-too-friendly lesbian (Susi Damilano).  Jackie's ex husband Harold (Paul D'Addario), who is trying to get custody of

Diana Barth
Buddy's Gift
Coronet Studio Theater


Willard Manus
Bug
Cygnet Theater


Robert Hitchcox
Bullshot Crummond
FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Cook Theater


Marie J. Kilker
Bully Pulpit, The
Florida Studio Theater - Keating Mainstage / Gompertz (2005)


Marie J. Kilker
Bunbury
Diversionary Theater


Robert Hitchcox
Bungler, The
North Coast Repertory Theater


Robert Hitchcox
Buried Child
Milwaukee Repertory Theater - Stiemke Theater

Nearly 20 years ago, Buried Child took America by storm. Playwright Sam ShepardÆs fresh voice was an energizing wake-up call for theater audiences. Buried Child is one of several plays Shepard wrote about the American family during this period. It is an allegorical play, full of raw energy, tension and surreal elements. Filled with contradictions, strange behaviors and a shocking secret, it entranced audiences and won the Pulitzer Prize. So how does it hold up?

Anne Siegel
Burkie
OnStage Playhouse


Robert Hitchcox
Burn This
Cygnet Theater


Robert Hitchcox
Burn This
Studio Theater


Anne Siegel
Butley
Huntington Theater


David Lefkowitz
Cabaret
Studio 54

I have to admit, the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall revival of Cabaret is one of those shows I just wasn't on the same page as others about. When I first saw it (well after Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming, both Tony winners, had left), I found it too cynical and more than a little smutty. The glorious music created by John Kander and Fred Ebb seemed like a backdrop to a lot of inventively conceived but ultimately trivial business, and Bob Fosse's extraordinary 1972 film seemed like the final word in terms of its potent statements about WWII Berlin.

Jason Clark
Butterflies Are Free
Venice Golden Apple Dinner Theater


Marie J. Kilker
By Mercer
Florida Studio Theater Cabaret Club


Marie J. Kilker
By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea
Adams Avenue of the Arts


Robert Hitchcox
Bye Bye Beeler Canyon
Poway Performing Arts Company


Robert Hitchcox
Bye Bye Birdie
Coronado Playhouse

Bye Bye Birdie never really grows old. There are always ardent fans, young of age, that idolize their favorite talent. The plot is simple. Rock idol Conrad Birdie is drafted into the Army. His PR flak/manager creates a media moment in Sweet Apple, Ohio. And, of course, we get love requited and unrequited, the balloon-sized ego of the idol, swoons by the thousands from adoring teens, preteens, and pre-preteens; and frustrated parents.

Robert Hitchcox
Bye Bye Birdie
Patio Playhouse

Bye Bye Birdie is Patio Playhouse's current fare, a production of their Youtheater under the direction of Chris Hall. Youtheater participants range from early grade school to 19 years old. The group is enthusiastic and includes some quite talented people in major roles.

Robert Hitchcox
Bye Bye Birdie
Golden Apple Dinner Theater


Marie J. Kilker
Cabaret
Studio 54

[Reviewed at Kit Kat Klub space]

David Lefkowitz
Cabaret
Studio 54

One of the great directorial achievements of recent times, Sam Mendes' complete reimagining of Kander & Ebb'sCabaret retains its awesome punch, even if individual performances prove less galvanizing than those of the original cast. As Sally, Molly Ringwald's a decent singer and stage presence, her surprising lack of sex appeal a fault until the final scenes, where, so shockingly wan and unsightly she almost looks disfigured, she becomes deeply touching.

David Lefkowitz
Capeman, The
Marquis Theater

What a disaster! A lot of talented people have gone astray in trying to give musical and dramatic structure to the story of Salvador "Capeman" Agron, a teenage murderer. The brainchild of celebrated pop songwriter Paul Simon, The Capeman is about the real life of a Puerto Rican gang member who, in 1959, at age 16, stabbed to death two white teenagers whom he mistook for rival gang members in a Hell's Kitchen playground.

Steve Capra
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Music Box Theater

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which explores family relationships, sexuality, and even life and death, is one of Tennessee Williams' best plays. Broadway now has, except for a few performances, an inept production of the play running. Poor Ashley Judd gives it her all but is basically betrayed by her director, Anthony Page, as she, in Act One, recites all her lines with verve and energy and no subtext. How could he allow that? Saying all the words is not enough on Broadway. Her performance passes boredom into pain -- she stirs no empathy and no passion; it's only noise.

Richmond Shepard

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