Monthly Archives: July 2016

The “Butler” Did It (Really)

Rarely has a slice of history been as entertainingly portrayed as in Butler. Richard Strand’s play depicts an actual Civil War development with a creative imagining of how it might have unfolded. The circumstances and characters in Butler really existed. … Continue reading

Blog, NY Theater, Off Broadway

Shakespeare and more at Canada’s Stratford Festival

(As published in the August 2016 issue of  the Magazine of American Mensa) William Shakespeare’s second tetralogy, known as the Henriad, covers 22 years of English history, from 1398 to 1420. He wrote the compilation’s four plays over five years, … Continue reading

Blog, Canadian Theatre

Dick Gregory bio “Turn Me Loose” off-Broadway

As someone who saw Dick Gregory in person years ago (in Philadelphia-area night clubs) and who still admires his commentaries when the social activist, now 83, calls in to the Imus in the Morning radio program (“Hello, my brother,” he … Continue reading

Blog, Community, NY Theater, Off Broadway, Regional

“Always, Patsy Cline” Now, at Shadow Lawn Stage

Without the role of Louise Seger, Always, Patsy Cline would be just a couple hours of one woman singing 25 songs associated with the country-pop crossover star who died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963 at age 30. … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional

NJ Rep strikes pay dirt with “Struck”

The aphorism “There are no accidents” has been variously attributed to Sigmund Freud, Deepak Chopra and Pablo Picasso. Things that occur seemingly by chance are, accordingly then, intended (consciously or sub-), mystically directed, or creative opportunities. Playwright Sandy Rustin’s own … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional