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: Exposed ‘Oklahoma!’ Reveals Its (and Our) Darkness

By Paige Allen July 18, 2019 Director Daniel Fish’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! has developed a reputation as Broadway’s badboy. While the production won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical this June, the gritty take on the Golden Age classic has downright offended some of its viewers with its irreverence… Continue reading Review: Exposed ‘Oklahoma!’ Reveals Its (and Our) Darkness

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: Semi-Staged Concerts ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Promenade’ Only Semi-Satisfactory

By Paige Allen July 13, 2019 Two notable concert productions went up in the past week, the Cleveland Musical Theatre production of Into the Woods at The Town Hall (July 8, 2019) and the Encores! Off Center production of Promenade at New York City Center (July 10-11, 2019). Although neither concert fully satisfied me, my… Continue reading Review: Semi-Staged Concerts ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Promenade’ Only Semi-Satisfactory

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