February may only have 28 days, but this short month is positively bursting with great theater. From star-crossed lovers to strutting drag queens, a Pulitzer Prize finalist to a campy nostalgic send-up, there’s so much to see this month.Full Story
The plot concerns folk heroes—two couples, Billy and Delilah, Frankie and Johnny—and the enigmatic specter of Stagger Lee, who pops up as the characters attempt to make their way in the world.Full Story
Before penning The Explorers Club in 2013, Nell Benjamin gained a starry stage credit with the musical adaptation of the film Legally Blonde. But while that Broadway show cleverly jabbed the male establishment by sending a perky coed to Harvard Law only to see her succeed beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, The Explorers Club doesn’t quite capture the same smart twist. When the snooty British gentlemen of this stuffy society insult the qualified woman who wishes to join their ranks, there’s a tinge of cruelty that doesn’t waft away with the cigar smoke.Full Story
Audiences didn’t quite know what to make of The Flick when it premiered off-Broadway in 2013. It’s long (three hours), doesn’t contain a lot of action, and relies on extended periods without dialogue. But Annie Baker’s intimate drama about three employees at a rundown, single-screen movie theater in Massachusetts is a modern masterpiece, and Undermain Theatre’s production is currently showcasing why.Full Story
Shortly into Karen Zacarias’ The Book Club Play, the members of Ana Smith’s book club are discussing Moby-Dick when a giant whale bursts through the floorboards and swallows them all. No, sorry. That actually doesn’t happen. But after only five minutes of watching these insufferable, offensive characters blather on, you’ll be wishing it did.
Zacarias’ play is lazy writing patched together with paper-thin characters and grand but empty statements about “culture.” It’s two hours of dull arguing by intolerable people, a tedious list of clichés that paints with such broad strokes that, by comparison, sitcoms look like thought-provoking documentaries.Full Story
I’m sure you’ve been in this position: A charismatic friend is telling you about his or her weekend, name-dropping and exclaiming and being as devastatingly charming as he or she can, and you’re interested. You really are. For about 20 minutes. Then, as the friend continues to talk about people you’re not immediately acquainted with, your attention starts to wander. Forty minutes in, your smile freezes. After two hours, you’re wondering why you’re still feigning attention at all.
Jay Presson Allen’s Tru, which captures author Truman Capote on the down-crest of his fame in 1975 (nine years before his death), is a one-man reflection on friendship, professional morals, and self-worth.Full Story
The Flick is a time capsule of a play about three semi-adult movie theater employees, and it takes place in the movie theater in which they work. I think it’s only fair to tell you it’s three hours long. And when it premiered Off-Broadway, some people did not care for all the seeming inaction. But I also think I should tell you that it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and when I read it (okay, when I made my entire book club read it) I found it touching and funny. Here are five other reasons to go see it.Full Story
Favorite plays, musical, actors, and more from the year that was.Full Story
Though not cloaked in snarky adult jokes, as is the fashion for many family-friendly shows these days, Rudolph has a sweetness to it that’s endearing without being cloying.Full Story
“I didn’t know this would be a dream show growing up because this type of show didn’t exist.”Full Story