Bob Verini

Review: 'Altar Boyz'


Bolstered by the original production team, including Stafford Arima's expert pacing and Natasha Katz's amusing concert mini-pyrotechnics, this lighthearted mix of evangelical messaging and pop seems…

Review: 'The Four of Us'


Those familiar with Itamar Moses' "Bach in Leipzig" and his intellectual debt to Tom Stoppard will not be surprised to learn that the title of his world-premiere two-hander "The Four of Us" refers…

Review: 'A Picasso'


Jeffrey Hatcher sets out to evoke the signature artist of the 20th century in just over an hour at the Geffen Playhouse. Of course each biographer or dramatist will choose to emphasize different…


'My Name is Rachel Corrie'

Review: 'Speed-the-Plow'


David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" contains everything anyone could want in a comedy: copious laughs; a suspenseful plot; a significant moral question at its core; and brevity. It's Hollywood playing…

Review: 'Baby'


A concert staging is the ideal showcase for tuners that deserve appreciation but are unlikely to merit a full pro revival. So it is with Richard Maltby and David Shire's 1983 paean to parenthood…

Robert Duvall and Gena Rowlands

Review: 'Tip-Toes'


This revival of George and Ira Gershwin's "Tip-Toes" isn't just a textbook example of the tuner of the pre-"Show Boat" era. Tiny, game cast, working on a postage-stamp stage and a shoestring, is an…

John Landis, Deborah Nadoolman Landis and

Review: 'Dogeaters'


Encapsulating an entire society at a particular place in time would seem as thankless a task as a playwright could take on. But Noel Coward managed it in "Cavalcade," and Jessica Hagedorn takes a…

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