A.R.T.’s Jagged Little Pill the Musical an Easy Pill to Swallow

The Review: American Repertory Theater’s Jagged Little Pill By Ross I can’t tell you how much Alanis Morrissette’s 1995 Jagged Little Pill (the album) sits strongly in my conscious mind as one of my all time favorites from one of my all time favorite musicians.  It’s a powerful collection of songs that was basically my gateway drug into … More A.R.T.’s Jagged Little Pill the Musical an Easy Pill to Swallow

On A Clear Day Flourishes High into the Sky and the View is Glorious

The Review: Irish Rep’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever By Ross It’s a strange set up, this 1965 musical with music by Burton Lane (the 1940 Hold On to Your Hats)and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner (Brigadoon, Gigi) that was based loosely on the play Berkeley Square, written in 1929 by John L. Balderston.  On a … More On A Clear Day Flourishes High into the Sky and the View is Glorious

The Duke’s Got The Saintliness of Margery Kempe Playing Ping Pong on Their Stage

The Review: Perry Street Theatre’s The Saintliness of Margery Kemp By Ross “Morality! Morality!” screams Margery Kempe, the main player in this game of ping-pong currently being performed at The Duke on 42nd Street, courtesy of the Perry Street Theatre Company and Jonathan Demar. She wants to be thought of as a remarkable woman. She … More The Duke’s Got The Saintliness of Margery Kempe Playing Ping Pong on Their Stage

To Kill a Mockingbird Stratford Style

The Review: Stratford Festival’s To Kill a Mockingbird by Ross Starting with disturbing and powerful black and white images of segregation, Christopher Sergel‘s dramatization of Harper Lee’s breathtaking story, To Kill A Mockingbird stomps solidly with a quiet intensity onto the Festival Stage at the Canadian Stratford Festival. The images projected take us back to … More To Kill a Mockingbird Stratford Style

Is Beauty Only Skintight Deep or Is Love the Same as Muscular Lust?

The Review: Roundabout’s Skintight By Ross Beauty and desire are on full display in Roundabout‘s intriguing new play by Joshua Harmon (Admissions) at the Laura Pels Theatre. The smart, funny, but clumsily crafted play is putting forward a few compelling arguments, one being whether beauty is only Skintight deep? Or is it simply just skin deep? Where is … More Is Beauty Only Skintight Deep or Is Love the Same as Muscular Lust?

Carmen Jones Soars High On the Wings of a Parachute

The Review: Classic Stage Company’s Carmen Jones By Ross The singing is glorious, as rich and stunning as that red dress, applied by the phenomenal costume designer, Ann Hould-Ward (CSC’s Pacific Overtures) that hugs the beautiful form of Carmen Jones, played with full-voiced sensuality by Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change). She is the one … More Carmen Jones Soars High On the Wings of a Parachute

Log Cabin is Solidly Built with Progressive Wooden Beams of Words.

The Review: Playwrights Horizons’ Log Cabin By Ross On a glorious Sunday evening in New York City, the streets are filled with Gay Pride celebrations but I, rather than join in with the parade and the party, enter Playwrights Horizons to see Jordan Harrison’s exciting new play, Log Cabin.  It’s probably the gayest thing I … More Log Cabin is Solidly Built with Progressive Wooden Beams of Words.

Delusion and Hatred Live Strongly and Disturbingly on/in Cyprus Avenue

The Review: Public Theater’s Cyprus Avenue By Ross Cyprus Avenue arrives firmly intact on to the Public Theater‘s LuEsther stage courtesy of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and the Royal Court Theatre in London, England and it is quite the disturbing treat. Powerfully written by the wickedly crazy David Ireland (Meyer-Whitworth Award winning Everything … More Delusion and Hatred Live Strongly and Disturbingly on/in Cyprus Avenue