Lifeline’s NORTHANGER Just Misses the Austen Mark

Lifeline’s NORTHANGER Just Misses the Austen Mark

Anyone who has read Austen knows that she is whip-crack smart, that her characters, while often seeming silly or misguided, are beautifully fleshed out, honest to their time, even if they end up being someone we don’t like. The love affair between the heroine and her dashing would-be suitor are...

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XANADU is Unadulterated Musical Theater Joy

XANADU is Unadulterated Musical Theater Joy

American Theater Company’s production of the musical XANADU (based upon the flop of a film bearing the same name) bursts with infectious energy and non-stop fun.

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OUT OF THE BLUE—Does the Russian Drama Translate?

OUT OF THE BLUE—Does the Russian Drama Translate?

Adam Zaininger and Will Burdin. Photo: John Jennings. Review: OUT OF THE BLUE at Organic Theater By Tonika Todorova The Russian word goluboi—or light-blue—entered the gay slang lexicon because of the light-blue shirts gay men would wear to recognize one another when cruising in a homophobic post-Soviet Russia. A year...

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Interrobang’s THE NORTH POOL—A Pressure-Cooker of a Play

Interrobang’s THE NORTH POOL—A Pressure-Cooker of a Play

Rajiv Joseph’s pressure-cooker of a play reveals that you are not merely an audience member, but a spectator at a turbulent tennis match—power volleying feverishly between student and teacher. Psychological crucible THE NORTH POOL ultimately culminates in an oddly cathartic detonation, cutting both captor and captive down to their common denominator—maddening guilt.

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Poignant Tragedy SPINNING Unearths Haunting Empathy

Poignant Tragedy SPINNING Unearths Haunting Empathy

Connor Burke is a man overcome with regret, clutching at the scraps of life that remain after catastrophe tears apart his world like a tortuous riptide.

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Whimsical Roaming SHERLOCK Is the Perfect Summer Activity

Whimsical Roaming SHERLOCK Is the Perfect Summer Activity

Do you remember what it was like to see your world as a game? I picture myself as a child, a small flame-haired thing, running around heavily-wooded Defiance, Missouri, thinking my little universe is but an ever-stretching scene of discovery. An oddly shaped stone, a lost pen cap, the first summer firefly– everything in sight was a clue to unraveling the wonder of the everyday. I was happy to catch a glimpse of that feeling again this weekend with SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MYSTERY OF PORTAGE PARK, watching merrily on as adults and children alike take delight in the seemingly ordinary world around them.

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Deftly Crafted Would-Be Superheroes Fly in PROWESS

Deftly Crafted Would-Be Superheroes Fly in PROWESS

In a time when most storefronts have little faith in their audience to make it through 90 minutes without looking at their phone, Prowess flies through it’s 2+ hour run time.

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RENT Serves Up ‘Honest Living’ at Metropolis

RENT Serves Up ‘Honest Living’ at Metropolis

“Honest living! Honest living!” an ensemble member cries out, miming a window washer in this setting of grimy, mid-AIDS epidemic New York City. I don’t think I’ve ever really noticed this moment in RENT before. But isn’t that what RENT is? Honest. Living.

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JOHANNA FAUSTUS Is a Cloudy Adaptation

JOHANNA FAUSTUS Is a Cloudy Adaptation

Armed with innovative storytelling tools, the Hypocrites can transport you through time and space with simple, committed magic, often leaving the wizardry at the tip of their fingers to ignite whenever they wish. It is no surprise they present epic stories in a modern, easy-to-connect-with style.

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DEATH AND HOUDINI Still Daring as Hell

DEATH AND HOUDINI Still Daring as Hell

At the House, they take great care of their audience. I usually shrink down in my seat at the thought of audience participation, but under Nathan Allen’s direction and Watkins’ mastery, to participate feels like we might be in on the trick.

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