Twelfth Night: A Fun and Festive Fiasco By Ross I feel like I’ve been here before. The setting is surprisingly similar to the last Shakespearean journey I took just a few months ago when Classic Stage Company presented As You Like It. That was a less than stellar production lacking an ease and finesse with the … More Twelfth Night: A Fun and Festive Fiasco
Descriptions are Lies, But Describe the Night is Truly Poetic. By Ross As those first words are spoken over the sounds of crickets and the cello playing softly in Rajiv Joseph’s new play at Atlantic Theater, the simple poetic beauty of the moment fills the space with a glorious openness of possibilities. It gives no … More Descriptions are Lies, But Describe the Night is Truly Poetic.
NYTW’s Hundred Days: To The Band’s Play, We Say “Yes” By Ross The set-up is familiar. When we arrive, it feels like we have all come together to hear a band play, rather than to hear a band’s play. Let alone, a play told by a band that starts and ends with talk about a … More NYTW’s Hundred Days: To The Band’s Play, We Say “Yes”
SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical: Can A Sponge Really Be Sexy?!? By Ross Wow. Who would have thunk it? That a musical based on a children’s animated television show, centered on a live square sponge living on the ocean floor would turn out to be such silly and magnificent fun. It’s difficult to imagine. … More SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical: Can A Sponge Really Be Sexy?!?
The Parisian Woman: A Modern Dangerous Liaisons – D.C. Style. By Ross I’ve never really thought about Uma Thurman with any particular strong opinion of her as an actress. I’ve enjoyed her in some of the films such as “Dangerous Liaisons“, “Gattaca“, the spectacular award-winning “Hysterical Blindness“, even the charming and very likable films, “My … More The Parisian Woman: A Modern Dangerous Liaisons – D.C. Style.
Once On This Island: Hope and Love Branch Out Far and Beyond. By Ross We enter into a world already in motion. It looks like a large sandbox made for adults to play in, reeling in the aftermath of a storm. The sand that covers the stage is littered with debris, a fallen post … More Once On This Island: Hope and Love Branch Out Far and Beyond.
Paper Mill Playhouse’s Annie: A Big Basic Showy of Broadway Show Revival in Jersey By Ross This is what Annie the Musical, now getting a big old fashioned Broadway revival at Paper Mill Playhouse, is all about. This 1977 musical, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip, ‘Little Orphan Annie’, with music by Charles … More Paper Mill’s Annie: A Big Basic Showy of Broadway Show Revival in Jersey
Downtown Race Riot: Pnut’s Slightly Inauthentic Gallery of Characters from the 1970’s New York By Ross I knew nothing about that hot summer day in 1976 New York City when a mob of young men, all white except for one, gathered together in Washington Square Park armed with pipes and bats, and attacked every person … More Downtown Race Riot: Pnut’s Slightly Inauthentic Gallery of Characters from the 1970’s New York
Bedlam’s Peter Pan: The Syndrome and The Complex Crashes In Flight! By Ross It is surprising, even to myself, that I have never seen a full on, fly “straight on to morning” production of the classic Peter Pan. Not on stage, not on television, and not even the 1953 Disney cartoon that basically introduced most … More Bedlam’s Peter Pan: The Syndrome and The Complex Crashes In Flight!
Pride and Prejudice: Hamill’s Smart and Funny Game of Love. By Ross The serious game of love is what is going on in this screwball adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, brilliantly brought to life by the immensely talented and seriously smart Kate Hamill. After her wildly successful reworking of the Jane Austen classic, Sense … More Pride and Prejudice: Hamill’s Smart and Funny Game of Love.