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Alive, Fresh and Imaginative, A New ‘Tattoo’

Theater: "‘The Rose Tattoo’

Trip Cullman’s production of “The Rose Tattoo” at Williamstown Theatre Festival is a triumph of visual, aural and dramatic reimagining of this singular play by Tennessee Williams. It is also a triumph for Marisa Tomei and the cast that supports her.

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‘Assassins’ Builds Its Case

Theater: ‘Assassins’

“Assassins” by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman has had a curious production history. Originally a play by Charles Gilbert, Jr., it was adapted into a musical and had its Off-Broadway debut in 1990. The play evolved, was scheduled for a run that was delayed for three years due to the sensitivities over what we now casually refer to as 9/11. It opened on Broadway in 2004.

Prejudice, Bias, American Issues

Important and timely, “American Son” may be Florida playwright Christopher Demos-Brown’s breakthrough to New York. Commissioned by Barrington Stage Company’s artistic director Julianne Boyd, the play has been given a stunning world première under her direction.

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It’s Good Theater, Although a Little Dated

Theater: 'Fiorello'

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Theater: 'Assasins'

Failing dreams can  inspire madmen (and women) to murder in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s grim and audacious and sometimes funny musical “Assassins,” opening July 1 at Rhinebeck’s Center for the Performing Arts. Ellen Honig, who first directed this work in 1995 at the center, says the time is right to bring it back. 

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Right Actors, Wrong Show

Theater: 'Gypsy'
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If only the end of “Gypsy” came closer to the beginning, it would be easier to sit through the rest of it.  Mama Rose, the desperate woman who drives her daughters into lives on stage is, in the show’s final moments, deserted by both of them, and Karen Ziemba, stunning as the furious, enraged mother, comes to see she did it all for herself. She is majestic.

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A Charming and Special Tale

Theater: ‘Man’s Best Friend, A Dog Park Story’
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Love dogs? Good acting? A delightful tale? It’s all here in “Man’s Best Friend, A Dog Park Story” at Mixed Company in Great Barrington. 

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Right Actors, Wrong Show

Theatre: 'Gypsy'
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If only the end of “Gypsy” came closer to the beginning, it would be easier to sit through the rest of it. Mama Rose, the desperate woman who drives her daughters into lives on stage is, in the show’s final moments, deserted by both of them, and Karen Ziemba, stunning as the furious, enraged mother, comes to see she did it all for herself. She is majestic.

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Gas up the Packard, Honey, We’re Driving to Chatham

Theater: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

The storyline isn’t revolutionary. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back, this time for good. 
When, however, you add four more girls getting boys, which doesn’t even count the pairings in the ensemble, and add in Prohibition, bootlegging, bloviating Senators, self-righteous temperance union leaders, an interpretive dancer and a few cops, it can get complicated … and simply wonderful.

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About Love, Loss And Change

Theater: ‘Over the River and Through the Woods’

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