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“The Royale” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Royale” review by Lawrence Riordan

Jerod Haynes is personable, intelligent, and ambitious (a trinity hard to pull off, even in real life) as Jay; Edwin Lee Gibson; wise, worn, and melancholic as his coach; Julian Parker, devoted and loyal as his friend; and Mildred Marie Langford, intense and passionate as [Read More]

“Yankee Tavern”

“Yankee Tavern”

the juke box in the tavern, stopped playing in the middle of "Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie" just as the first plane crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center. Since that day, it has never played again!. This is a thriller that takes us to extremes in many ways. [Read More]

“The Sweeter Option”

“The Sweeter Option”

This is a show filled with 1970's stuff and she has assembled some great "stuff". I only wish that the show were as solid as the assembled props and furniture. The car that was built for scene 4 is amazing and one can see from the props and the set that this is a dedicated [Read More]

“Mamma Mia” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Mamma Mia” review by Lawrence Riordan

The first act of “Mama Mia” is very light, but what the script lacks in weight, the production more than makes for by the exceptionally well-executed choreography (Anthony Van Laast), and inexplicably (aside from this play, I dislike ABBA) fun, pop, and enlivening music [Read More]

“Other Desert Cities”

“Other Desert Cities”

The well crafted story allows each of us to think about the direction the story takes as Brooke announces her book, about to be published, is her tell-all memoir of her family. [Read More]

Joffrey Ballet- “Unique Voices” review by Carol Moore

Joffrey Ballet- “Unique Voices” review by Carol Moore

You’ll have to throw away all of your pre-conceived ideas about ballet after you’ve seen “The Man in Black”, especially the one about shoes. These four dancers, Derrick Agnoletti, Edson Barbosa, Fernando Duarte and Joanna Wozniak, don’t wear ballet shoes, they [Read More]

“Blue Planet” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Blue Planet” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

The acrobatics and puppetry, with the bear, wolf, snake, and particularly the snipers, melded well with the more traditional drama and were particularly haunting. In the beginning, there was some interaction between the cast and audience, upping the intimacy in a way I’ve [Read More]

“The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker”

“The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker”

When people think Black Ensemble Theater, they think musicals with a capital M. This intimate space on the north side is the place where Motown stories are told the way they should be told and with some of the finest talent in town. Under the direction of its founder, Ms [Read More]

“First Date”

“First Date”

"Hats off to a marvelous ensemble"! Cassie Slater, Shea Coffman, Anne Litchfield Calderon and the extremely funny Adam Fane, who steals many a moment away from the main characters and, spoiler alert ,has a very happy ending that will surprise you. [Read More]

“Sondheim on Sondheim”

“Sondheim on Sondheim”

but all sharing a love of the man who they share the stage with, Stephen Sondheim. This is his legacy and he is there in spirit through the videos that are projected between the songs that are performed during this telling of his life story. This piece could be called the [Read More]

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“Gourmet Burgers, Pizza and More”

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“The Seagull” reviewed by Emily Johnson

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