Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Managing Director: Adrienne Proctor / Editor: Jillian Pritchard Ball

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd

Lyric’s “Assassins” is Well Executed and On Target

“Assassins” Cast led by Mateja Govice as John Wilkes Booth (center)

“Assassins” is one of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpieces, and an excellent example of the power in dark comedy, as well as musical dynamism. Music and lyrics are by Sondheim who based the story on an idea by playwright Charles Gilbert, Jr. and the book is by John Weidman. The story revolves around a gathering of historical presidential assassins, successful and unsuccessful, meeting in a public place which may be evocative of the most depressing aspect of societal institutional interaction-the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Because the show reflects… Continue reading

Laughing and Loving with “Defending the Caveman” from CityRep at OCCC

The battle between the sexes is never-ending, frequently all-consuming, and filled with joy.  The conflict is unique, with both contenders either winning or losing, and the treaty resolving the issues can be so blissful! Revealing well known foibles alongside contemporary views of feminism and masculine behavior, “Defending the Caveman” is the longest running solo show on Broadway for a very good reason!  Noted comic Rob Becker first premiered the one man show to delighted audiences in 1991, a treat Becker, himself, performed for many years. Since then other actors have presented the show, among them is actor… Continue reading

“37 Postcards” a Treat and a Laugh from Jewel Box

When tragedy happens wouldn’t it be wonderful to hide away pretending it didn’t happen? Of course, we all know that’s impossible, it simply wouldn’t work.  But…what if it did work?  No, impossible! Or, maybe just impossibly funny.  Playwright Michael McKeever certainly makes it work in”37 Postcards” one of his most popular comedies.  Director Don Taylor assuredly brings to this production of “37 Postcards” intelligent casting and comic sensibility. When the cast has timing, they have a hit. Continue reading