Bob Verini

Prince

Review: 'The Verdi Girls'

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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…

Review: 'Jersey Boys'

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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…

Marketplace

Review: 'Hamlet'

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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…

Daniel Craig and Satsuki Mitchell

Review: 'Yellow Face'

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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…

Review: 'Betrothed'

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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…

Review: 'Fat Pig'

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Opening cafeteria image of plus-size librarian Helen (Kirsten Vangsness) with a giant tome in one hand and a giant pizza slice in the other instantly confirms Neil LaBute'e title "Fat Pig" as neither…

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