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February 20, 2020

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Full disclosure: this is going to be a tricky review to write. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, this is a show that absolutely needs to be experienced in the moment, surrounded by fellow audience members. So before we dive in I ju...

February 8, 2020

They’re Playing Our Song; with book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamilisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager; premiered on Broadway in 1979 and ran for almost two and a half years. It tells the story of the budding professional and personal relationship of composer V...

October 31, 2019

David Auburn’s play Proof was a massive Off-Broadway hit in early 2000 which took Broadway by storm later that year, going on to win three Tony Awards including Best Play as well as the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It has fallen off the theatrical radar a bit since i...

October 5, 2019

Play On! takes us behind the scenes of a nearby community theatre’s latest production. They have the good fortune, or misfortune, of having the playwright present during rehearsals for constant rewrites, right up to the opening night performance. “The show must go on”,...

July 13, 2019

What happens when those wholesome characters we remember from our childhood grow up to become rebellious teenagers with every problem imaginable?  In Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, written by Bert V. Royal, produced by Passion Theatre Group at the As...

July 11, 2019

It would seem redundant to begin a review of the Rocky Horror Show, something we’ve probably all encountered in our lives countless times, with a synopsis, so I’ll be brief. Newly engaged Brad Majors (Spencer Beyerlein) and Janet Weiss (Erica Close) find themselves wit...

July 6, 2019

Just in time for the Independence Day weekend, Vanishing Elephant Players gives us their production of The Complete History of America (Abridged) by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor, where a trio of actors gives you all the information you need to know about...

April 28, 2019

How important are other people’s opinions when it comes to what makes us happy? Is the judgement you receive from other people enough to completely control the decisions you make in life? We see many stories that tackle this subject, and Passion Theatre’s production of...

February 2, 2019

August: Osage County is a both intensely funny and brutal play by Tracy Letts. It won the Tony Award for Best Play as well as the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play centers around the Weston family, who are brought together when the family patriarch disappears one...

December 14, 2018

A typical review would start with a synopsis of the play. When the play you’re reviewing is A Christmas Carol, a synopsis seems rather superfluous. It’s all here: Ebenezer Scrooge, his nephew Fred, former business partner Marley, and those three pesky ghosts. This time...

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