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.
Fizzy amalgam of improv, audience participation, scenes, songs and spelling speaks to the broken-eyeglassed misfit in all of us; from beginning to end, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is…
David Henry Hwang's tale of playwright "DHH" and his decade-long relationship with a white actor passing for Asian brings to the national discussion about race three much-needed commodities: a sense…
When actors decide to step up their careers, they do theater. When freelance directors want to raise the level of their game, they run one.
Continuing its exploration of the expressive possibilities of amalgamated narrative, spoken dialogue, muscular dance, music and physical objects (mostly fabric), Rachel Dickstein's Ripe Time company…