Joanne Tour: Arena Theatre

Lady Gaga’s current concert outing, the Joanne World Tour, is a theatrical experience like few I’ve ever seen before. I’d previously attended the Oklahoma City engagement of her Little Monsters tour, which was raw, prop-heavy, and in many ways experimental. The Joanne show, however, was a polished work of art, pulling aesthetic inspiration, staging technique, …

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: Please Sir, I Want Some More

People just can’t get enough of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There are so many stage adaptations produced each year that American Theatre Magazine eliminates the title from its list of most-produced plays since it would always be in first place. On IMDB, there are hundreds of screen adaptations, ranging from movies to parody TV …

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Anna in the Tropics: Cultural Intersections

In a world where we are more likely to read stories about how our differences separate us, it's important to remember that we can learn from these differences, too. Anna in the Tropics, a beautiful play by Nilo Cruz, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. The play has much to say about how cultures intersect. This convergence, …

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Angels in America: The Theatrical A/B Test

Rare is the opportunity to observe an A/B test on stage. Acting teachers likely see this sort of thing more often, but regular theatre artists like me certainly do not. On occasion, I’ve seen the same show twice, with an understudy going the second time. I’ve seen nine different productions of A Funny Thing Happened On …

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Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

Major Barbara: When Relevancy Shifts

This week, I listened to a podcast of LA Theatre Works’ production of Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw. It was well-performed, with actors such as Roger Rees, Hamish Linklater, and Kate Burton in primary roles. Especially impressive was Kirsten Potter in the role of Barbara, an actress that was previously unfamiliar to me. Judging …

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