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The Asolo Rep’s My Fair Lady

The Asolo Rep’s My Fair Lady. How do you reinvigorate a deservedly beloved classic like My Fair Lady, making a show most of us have seen or at least listened to countless times somehow fresh and new? I’m not sure I know exactly how, but the Asolo Rep’s season opening production of this Lerner and […]


Cheerful Little Earful

Steve Dawson, Jenny Abreu and Berry Ayers in the Golden Apple’s Cheerful Little Earful. You may have to be of a certain age to recall some of composer Harry Warren’s songs, which are saluted in the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s current show, Cheerful Little Earful. But many of them will be familiar to any music, […]


Next to Normal

Ashley Picciallo, Leo Daignault, Stacia Fernndez and Mike Backes in FST’s Next to Normal. A musical about a family trying to deal with mental illness might not seem likely or even doable. But as anyone who follows the theater world knows, Next to Normal’s Broadway production rose to the challenge brilliantly, capturing the Pulitzer Prize […]


The Brothers Karamazov

The idea of adapting Fyodor Dosteyevsky’s monumental final novel The Brothers Karamazov for the stage is a staggering one. It’s not just a matter of keeping the many characters and complicated dramatic plotlines clear for the viewer; it’s the even more challenging aspect of also bringing to life Dostoyevsky’s arguments about religion and morality, which […]


Big River

Big River, now onstage at Venice Theatre, is a sprawling, always-on-the-move musical epic that demands enormous energy from its cast and crew. And no wonder; it is, of course, based on the equally sprawling classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—the book about which Ernest Hemingway is always quoted as saying: “All American literature comes from…” […]