Author Archive

Arthur Miller’s Creaky Potboiler

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The version of The Crucible that opened last week at the Virginia Theater under the direction of Richard Eyre, former head of Britain’s Royal National Theater, comes as close to being definitive as any production of The Crucible probably should. It has a swashbuckling, charismatic John Proctor (Liam Neeson), a nuanced and believable Elizabeth Proctor [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

See Othello for Liev Schreiber’s Iago. Period.

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The New York Shakespeare Festival Othello that opened earlier this month at the Public Theater with Keith David in the title role (it closes Dec. 30) is Public Theater Shakespeare neither at its best nor its worst. As productions in the Anspacher space go (that’s the thrust stage on the second floor, the one with [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

Neil Simon’s Schmaltzy 45 Seconds from Broadway; Everett Beekin and Where’s My Money? Offer Intriguing Versions of the Stage Jew

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

I went to see the new Neil Simon play the other night. Oy, vhat an old-feshioned play! Even I dohn’ remember vhen dey used to produce plays like dis. Dey’s dis character in de show, Mickey Fox (Lewis J. Stadlen), dat talks joost like dis on account he’s soopposed to be Jackie Mason, the stend-up [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living Is a Flawlessly Directed Play About Consciencelessness

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

There’s a scene toward the end of the first act of Rebecca Gilman’s challenging new play, The Glory of Living, in which the central character, Lisa (Anna Paquin), is trying to explain to her furious husband Clint (Jeffrey Donovan) why she wasn’t able to bring back what he sent her out to get. She says [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Wonder of the World Is Too Pat; Michael Frayne’s Noises Off Turns the Sex Farce Inside-Out

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

I got all choked up at the public library the other day, right there in the middle of the newly swanked-up Theater on Film and Tape division, where I’d gone to check out a couple of plays I’d missed in seasons passed, Sylvia and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers. Sylvia is the A.R. Gurney play in [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

LaBute’s The Shape of Things Is a Potboiler, but Good Theater; Dance of Death Is Worth It for McKellen and Mirren

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Dance of Death By August Strindberg There’s some lovely acting going on at the Promenade Theater, where Gretchen Mol is appearing with Paul Rudd, Frederick Weller and Rachel Weisz in a new play by Neil LaBute called The Shape of Things. The play is part comedy of sexual manners and part drama of sexual intrigue, [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

An Extraordinary Metamorphoses; A Transcendentally Dull Hedda

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Of all the wonderful things to be catalogued in Mary Zimmerman’s extraordinary stage version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the most wonderful is probably the pool of water that dominates the stage. It’s rectangular and must be at least a foot and a half deep in places, and it’s finished with a wide wooden deck that, like [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

..