Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" has long been mistaken for one-dimensional allegory. It's true Miller used the 1690s Salem witch trials to dramatize the horrors of McCarthyism, but the play is far…
Strands: When not adding his lugubrious presence and bassoon-like tones to the filming of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Alan Rickman is moonlighting as a location scout. With the next…
Make no mistake, despite the casting of Dawn French, the self-styled "spherical half of comedy duo French & Saunders," sibling rivalry, not revelry, underpins Carmel Morgan's debut play, "Smaller."
The West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Whistle Down the Wind" has one big advantage: It got in early. The show's March 27 opening put it ahead of an astonishing pack of 13 more tuners opening…
Mildly rebuking his wife for a lack of knowledge of his writing, Michael Byrne announces, "I've been engaged on the dimensionality and continuity of space ... and time ... for years." The prescience…
Not too many musicals boast a cast list that includes live snakes. But there they were, writhing their way through the original London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical transplanting of a…
Strands: Although Congress is not exactly a stranger to dramatic shenanigans, no one imagined it becoming a theatrical touring house. Until now.
It wasn't just photographer Ansel Adams who had a fondness for silver birch trees. For decades, their scarred and spindly trunks have been designers' shorthand for Chekhov plays. Which is why they're…
The fact the current revival of "Sweeney Todd" recouped in 19 weeks, faster than any other Broadway production of a Sondheim show, is the responsibility of one man: director John Doyle.
As the salesmen famously agree in the opening number of "The Music Man," "Ya gotta know the territory." Howard Davies, the U.K.'s finest director of American drama, certainly does. Davies and a…