Review: ‘Moscow’ Updates Chekhov, Makes Audiences LOL and Cry in the Club

By Paige Allen July 13, 2019 It’s a pretty safe bet to say that when most people think of the works of Anton Chekhov, they don’t immediately think “reality television.” Yet Halley Feiffer’s new play, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (yep, six Moscows: count them), often resembles an episode of Keeping Up with the… Continue reading Review: ‘Moscow’ Updates Chekhov, Makes Audiences LOL and Cry in the Club

Review: Expect the Unexpected in ‘Deathtrap’

By Paige Allen July 5, 2019 “Do you know, this could be a good thriller!” the young playwright exclaims before describing his exact situation: “A young playwright sends his first play to an older playwright who conducted a seminar that the young playwright has attended. Nobody else has read it, and then he comes to… Continue reading Review: Expect the Unexpected in ‘Deathtrap’

Review: In ‘[Veil Widow Conspiracy],’ Time and Truth are Changeable

By Paige Allen July 3, 2019 What do an urban dystopia, a murder mystery, and a documentary film have in common? About as much as Warlord Era Xinjang, a 2010 movie set, and Brooklyn in 2035. Yet in Gordon Dahlquist’s [Veil Widow Conspiracy], a new play developed and produced by the National Asian American Theatre… Continue reading Review: In ‘[Veil Widow Conspiracy],’ Time and Truth are Changeable

Review: Play On’s ‘The Tempest’ Aims to Please in Modern English

By Paige Allen July 1, 2019 Out of Shakespeare’s known plays, The Tempest is ranked among my favorites. I am only half joking when I say that I had a religious experience reading it for the first time, a spiritual awakening which led me to initiate myself into the cult of the English Department at… Continue reading Review: Play On’s ‘The Tempest’ Aims to Please in Modern English

Review: Hamill’s Adaptation is Not Like Other ‘Little Women’

By Paige Allen June 30, 2019 “I’ll never be a woman like you,” the “little woman” dressed in trousers with her hair cut short says to her mother. If Kate Hamill’s new adaptation of Little Women were personified, it would look like this, declaring emphatically to the previous generations of Little Women, “I’ll never be… Continue reading Review: Hamill’s Adaptation is Not Like Other ‘Little Women’

Review: A Reinvigorated ‘Mockingbird’ Brings Urgency to a Classic

By Paige Allen June 28, 2019 You could take Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird and perform it word-for-word, and it would make for a pleasant theatrical experience.  That is not at all what playwright Aaron Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher strive to create with their stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird… Continue reading Review: A Reinvigorated ‘Mockingbird’ Brings Urgency to a Classic

Review: In PST’s Timely ‘Falsettos,’ The Grown-Ups Grow Up

By Paige Allen June 23, 2019 Four people share a moment together. Two couples: a pair of men and a pair of women. They touch each other. They comfort each other. They love each other. These pairs of lovers can be found in the form of a statue in a small park just outside the… Continue reading Review: In PST’s Timely ‘Falsettos,’ The Grown-Ups Grow Up