Category Archives: Lights On Stage

Theatre Review: Introspection on Three Plays

The theatre season has come to an end this Spring. So many shows, so little time to write about them. Thus, with three un-reviewed play programs stationed at my writing spot, I contemplated what they had in common. Intelligence, A … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The Fair Maid of the Exchange

We like to make events out of premiers. The opening weekend of movies, we track how many millions of dollars of revenue they bring in (compared to how many hundreds of millions they required to produce). When a world or … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Sister

One of my readers noticed a similarity between a Shakespeare traveling group, The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, whom she saw in her hinterland region some years ago and the Blackfriar Theatre ensemble of whom reviewed recently for their production of School … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: School for Scandal

The pretense of the elite is always a good butt for a joke. In the 18th century, the theatre style Comedy of Manners, excelled at displaying the folly of those who has wealth enough to be fools. Richard Sheridan’s The … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Plays In a Period of Political Turmoil

Our political theatre is in high gear in the USA and world-wide. Oppressors and insurgents; Secular and Religious zealots; Globalists and Isolationists; Capitalist and Socialists; where is Solomon, Shakespeare, and Shaw when you need them? Recently, we had a theatre-weekend … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Moby Dick

Classics.  We know those well-loved story lines: the star-cross lovers, Romeo & Juliet; the romantic out-cast, Cyrano; the hero-king Arthur, and his knights; the separated-at-birth twins, Luke and Leia Skywalker… and, the obsessive revenge of Captain Ahab against the White-Whale, … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): Carousel and Henry VI, Part 2

Why do we tell a story, when we know the end will be sad?  Fate? The blues? Catharsis? Hope? Thirty-five years ago, I came across a copy of Will and Ariel Durant’s eleven volume text, The Story of Civilization, in … Continue reading

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