The Ultimate Christmas Show: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) Review–SERIOUSLY!

The Ultimate Christmas Show by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 11/25/11-12/18/11, http://www.merrimackrep.org/season/show.aspx?sid=110. Contains scatological humor and some Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor flesh.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

(Lowell, MA) They’re baaack! Every so often, a rustle of popular culture floats through the air, gets put into the Reduced Shakespeare grinder and out comes some side-splitting fun. At their east coast premiere of The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), the Reduced Shakespeare Company exceeds expectations. Blending holiday traditions from ancient times to modern, religious to secular, The Ultimate Christmas Show presents a jolly evening for anyone who can appreciate a little irreverence with sincere heart. Read more “The Ultimate Christmas Show: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

Next Fall: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Luke (Dan Roach, left) slips in a prayer before breakfast with his partner Adam (Will McGarrahan) in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of Next Fall, running now thru Oct. 15 Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.

Don’t Agree, Just Love

Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, Speakeasy Stage, Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 9/15/11-10/15/11, http://www.speakeasystage.com/doc.php?section=showpage&page=nextfall.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” Thomas à Kempis

(Boston, MA) Moments pass in a heartbeat. All that’s left is waiting…waiting in hope…waiting in fear; the only choice is waiting together or waiting alone. Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts does not try to moralize or condescend; it leaves its audience with the hope that love will transcend all differences. The friends and family of the comatose Luke see the world through different viewpoints but connect at the core of their being–in love.

Adam, played by Will McGarrahan, begins to flashback to various moments in his relationship with Luke. Casual flirtation leads to a lasting relationship–but not without conflict. Luke (Dan Roach) is a fundamentalist Christian and Adam is an atheist. Adam questions Luke’s devoutness. Luke questions Adam’s unbelief. Luke delays telling his parents about the relationship until it’s too late. Read more “Next Fall: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

His Girl Friday: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Left to right: Angela Brazil as Hildy Johnson, Stephen Thorne as McCue, Lovell Holder (Brown/Trinity

Justifiable Laughter

His Girl Friday by John Guare, adapted from The Front Page by Ben Hecht/Charles McArthur & Columbia Pictures Film, Trinity Repertory Company, 9/9/11-10/9/11, http://www.trinityrep.com/on_stage/current_season/CAB.php.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

(Providence, RI) John Guare lends his wry wit to his newest creation: His Girl Friday. With the talented cast, masterful direction, and clever design, the pre-World War II press room. With the black and white realities mixed in with the comedy, the play shines a light on the present ambiguities of justice, media manipulation, and political diversion. Read more “His Girl Friday: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”