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May 2, 2015




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Notes from the Webmaster

There are the usual amount of reviews this ish,
and most are roughly as long as they would be normally,
but I've had to cut a few formatting corners
and consolidate all of mine into a single file
without detailed header info
(and more on why in the file).

There are a few more reviews I couldn't get to
If I was to upload the 'zine at all before leaving
the country to tend to my own show
(all late entries piling in, some starting the new season)
but I'll try to add a quick addendum
in the next week or two.

I expect the next full ish will appear sometime in mid-late July,
after the rehearsals (starting May 11) and opening (June 11)
   of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in Montreal
— you may have notied the poster art   :-)  —
and I likewise expect we'll be back to normal niceties then.
Thanks as always for hanging in ...


For previous reviews of current or recent attractions,
as well as a partial selection of archival material
see regional indexes at the bottom
of the Home Page.

New Features This Edition:

New York critic David Spencer reviews:

In a round-up, sans the usual formatting,
but still (mostly) in the usual depth:

Gigi
An American in Paris
It Shoulda Been You
Hamilton
Iow@
Skylight
Wolf Hall
The Heidi Chronicles
On the 20th Century
The Belle of Belfast
Fish in the Dark
The Audience
Doctor Zhivago: The Musical
Living on Love
Hand to God
Something Rotten
The King and I
The Visit
'Tis Pity She's a Whore
The Mystery of Love and Sex

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

The Addams Family
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Directed and Choreographed by Janie Scott
Presented by Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Kenneth Kelleher
Presented by San Jose Stage Company
The Stage

Fire on the Mountain

by Randal Myler & Dan Wheetman
Directed by Randal Myler
Presented by TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Fifth of July

by Lanford Wilson
Presented by Aurora Theatre Company
Directed by Tom Ross
Aurora Theatre

Head of Passes
by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Tina Landau
Presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage

The Lake Effect

by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Presented by TheatreWorks
Lucie Stern Theatre

Let There Be Love
by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Directed byMaria Mileaf
Presented by and at the American Conservatory Theater

Les Misérables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Book by Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel
based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Directed by Jasen Jeffrey
Presented by Broadway By the Bay
Fox Theatre

Proof
by David Auburn
Directed by Greg Fritsch
Hillbarn Theatre

Sister Play

Written & Directed by John Kolvenbach
Presented by & at Magic Theatre

Talley's Folly

by Lanford Wilson
Presented by Aurora Theatre Company
Directed by Joy Carlin
Aurora Theatre

The Way West

by Mona Mansour
Directed by Hayley Finn
Presented by Marin Theatre Company
Boyer Theatre

Philadelphia critic Claudia Perry reviews:

Kinky Boots
(National Tour)
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Based on the Miramax Motion Picture Kinky Boots
Screenplay by Goeff Deanne & Tim Firth
Direction & Choreography by Jerry Mitchell
Forrest Theatre

Motown: The Musical

(National Tour)
Book by Berry Gordy
Music and Lyrics from The Legendary Motown Catalog
Music Direction & Arrangements by Ethan Popp
Choreographed by Patricia Wilcox & Warren Adams
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
Academy of Music

The Submission

by Jeff Talbott
Directed by Rich Rubin
Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5

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