At minimum, any musical entitled "Can-Can" promises hot dancing, pretty girls, lively comedy and a colorful period setting. Unfortunately, those qualities evaporate by intermission in the Pasadena…
"NWC's" heart and brain and sense of humor are all in the right place, with only an occasional note of preachiness creeping in to diminish the fun.
Once routinely mentioned in the same breath with Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, William Inge is largely ignored today. His first play, "Come Back, Little Sheba," illustrates all the…
After years of the Corleones and the Sopranos, we're accustomed to a nuanced view of gangsters that takes into account their humanity and family values, but Richard Krevolin and Joseph Bologna's…
Toreador, be on your guard. Prosper Merimee's novella "Carmen" has seen numerous adaptations for the stage, opera, film and ballet, and seemingly every previous version has been ransacked for the…
"George Gershwin Alone" is a gushing lovefest for and about the early 20th century genius who wove jazz, Broadway, pop and classical music into a new American musical idiom.
Successful farce doesn't demand an ingenious or even a logical premise (though having one doesn't hurt). It does require a group of characters in strong conflict, confined together in close quarters…
A standing ovation in the middle of the second act? Such is the massive appeal of "Jersey Boys," the Tony-winning musical survey of the lives and careers of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, that a…
In South Coast Rep's impressive new "Hamlet," the prince (Hamish Linklater) is above all a man of letters -- not only in his delivered missives and the volumes he pores over for answers, but also in…
The variety show, born out of radio by way of vaudeville, has always been one of the most popular TV genres -- and one of the hardest to get right.