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Oct
7
2017

Puttin’ on the Ritz

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JSPAC, September 19 5.5/10 Perhaps it was historical. Perhaps the Great Depression falling slap-bang in the midst of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others fashioning the golden age of popular song inclined the creators of Puttin’ on the Ritz to have deep troughs as well as highs. Otherwise it defies explanation. If Natalie […]

Jul
15
2017

1984

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Roslyn Packer Theatre, June 29 7/10 At the risk of sounding like a goon from Pyongyang or Guantanamo Bay, let’s do the torture first. Advance publicity that the torment of Winston Smith was excessively confronting proved something of an alternative fact. More troubling than the implied violence was that the scene has become structurally disproportionate […]

May
15
2017

Breaking Bread

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Wentworth Falls School of Arts, May 14 7.5/10 Give eight playwrights the same brief – to write a short monologue with however an oblique relationship to the theme of food – and you’ll get eight very different responses. Especially when, as director Margaret Davies did, you pair each playwright with a specific actor for whom […]

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