Review: Schreck’s ‘Constitution’ Means to Make Its Mark

By Paige Allen August 27, 2019 After seeing What the Constitution Means to Me, one thought was clear in my mind: This play should be required viewing for every single person in the United States of America.  Especially Congress. Heidi Schreck and her play cry out to be heard and heeded. You leave feeling simultaneously… Continue reading Review: Schreck’s ‘Constitution’ Means to Make Its Mark

Review: In ‘Road Show,’ A Brotherly Rivalry Stresses the Flaws in America’s Ideals

By Paige Allen August 27, 2019 Road Show (formerly known as Bounce formerly known as Wise Guys) is one of Stephen Sondheim’s lesser known musicals. Written with John Weidman, the musical joins with the duo’s two other creations, Pacific Overtures and Assassins, to form what some consider a trilogy exploring the flaws of the American… Continue reading Review: In ‘Road Show,’ A Brotherly Rivalry Stresses the Flaws in America’s Ideals

Review: ‘Reborning’ Explores the Persistent Power of Trauma 

By Paige Allen August 27, 2019 Trauma is a tricky thing. It can rise up at times and in ways we least expect. Reborning explores how distressing experiences can leave scars on our bodies, hearts, and minds; how we can discover the depth of those wounds even years later; and how we cope with pain… Continue reading Review: ‘Reborning’ Explores the Persistent Power of Trauma 

Review: ‘In the Green’ Fills Medieval Cell with a New Sound

By Paige Allen July 15, 2019 Hildegard von Bingen is one of medieval history’s most enduring figures. A twelfth-century leader in the Catholic Church and a mystic visionary, Hildegard made significant contributions to religion, philosophy, music, science, language, and literature; she is regarded as a saint. But before all that, Hildegard spent thirty years enclosed… Continue reading Review: ‘In the Green’ Fills Medieval Cell with a New Sound

Review: ‘The Prom’ Delivers a Musical Comedy with Heart

By Paige Allen July 14, 2019 A Broadway star sits in the booth of an Applebee’s across from a small town school principal. The principal expresses his love for the theatre and tries to explain to the actress (through song, of course) why people care about musicals: “We need a place to run to When… Continue reading Review: ‘The Prom’ Delivers a Musical Comedy with Heart

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: 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