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February 25, 2019 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Drama Theatre, February 16 6/10 A key element of transforming Lewis Lewis, an out-of-work actor, into Tommy Ryan, a malleable Senator, is a substantial haircut. That is exactly what this play needs. It could lose fully 40 minutes, and sacrifice nothing of its narrative, ideas or comedy. In fact the…

February 22, 2019 / Features

Given his stature and breadth of career, it’s remarkable that Hugo Weaving has never performed any play from the great canon of 20th-century American works. That’s about to change when he inhabits the larger-than-life character of Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (STC, Roslyn Packer…

February 17, 2019 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Reginald Theatre, February 9 6.5/10 Most of us enter a theatre for brief respite from dowdy lives. I don’t know why playwrights stopped cherishing theatricality, the lifeblood of their art form, but it’s happened to such a degree that a rarity like The Moors socks you fair in the imagination.…