Eli Tokash and cast. Photo by Michael Brosilow. By Rachel Weinberg TREVOR, the soul-stirring and exceptionally executed new musical at Writers Theatre, managed to simultaneously break my heart and make me grin uncontrollably over the course of its two-hour run time. With book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by...
Bottoms up! The national tour of the hilarious, clever, and grin-inducing SOMETHING ROTTEN! has arrived at the Oriental Theatre in a first-rate production that’s worth celebrating.
Taylor Mac credits the seed of inspiration for HIR to the 1997 Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard’s BURIED CHILD. Coming full circle, HIR is now playing at Steppenwolf. The leap is not that far; just as Shepard’s work is an indicting statement on the modern American family of his time, Steppenwolf’s HIR is most certainly a reflection of Mac’s.
This shortest and bloodiest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, in less capable hands, could easily have devolved into a gory series of fights and frights for an evening of silly summer fun. But the talented cast and crew at OPFT have created a fantastic and memorable show for any season.