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Theatre Review: Kate Baldwin & Graham Rowat Chart Out CONSTELLATIONS at Berkshire Theatre Group

This two-handed play would suffer no greater death if its two actors failed to connect onstage. Luckily for us, Tony nominated Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat are exquisite together as Marianne and Roland. The real-life couple have previously appeared together in Berkshire Theatre Group's A Little Night Music (2014) and Bells Are Ringing (2015). Both have venerable musical theatre careers and use the experience to unearth the cadence of Payne's rich dialogue. Ms. Baldwin and Mr. Rowat deliver fully embodied performances with enough nuance and subtext to allow for any of the universes depicted onstage to be expanded into a full-length play.

Theatre Review: Tamara Tunie in AMERICAN SON at Barrington Stage Company

Directed by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, American Son is searing in its taut 80 minutes. Boyd keeps the action tightly focused on the verbal exchange and doesn't play around much with levels in staging, stakes, or rhythm. American Son erupts out of the gate and remains explosive until its conclusion. Starting at a 10 doesn't leave the dramatic action much room to climb. This choice took a toll on the actors voices which sounded ragged by the time I caught the closing performance. Ironically, the rough stage voices and battered bodies contributed a natural element which worked nicely. The exhausting drama is not a privilege reserved for its characters. It radiated off the stage and into everyone in the audience. Heads were hanging low, tears filled eyes, and I even heard one man say "and yet the GOP is still controlled by the NRA."

Theatre Review: A Hard Lesson Learned in THE COST OF LIVING

Majok's play featured excellent dialogue and characters with unique voices, but missing was a semblance of dramatic action. I struggled to understand the thematic significance of the specific series of disjointed scenes presented. Unfortunately, The Cost of Living appears more like a collection of scenes for an MFA acting class without something tying these often juicy scenes together.

Theatre Review: MARY POPPINS Storms into North Shore Music Theatre

If North Shore Music Theatre's production of Mary Poppins was conceived to prove Murphy's Law right (Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong), then producer Bill Hanney and director Kevin P. Hill have crafted a masterpiece. Perhaps it's best described through the disbelief of Michael Banks following an afternoon spent rollicking in the park with his mystical nanny; "Did that really just happen?" It certainly did and with a calamitous kerplunk.

Theatre Review: A Vision's Just A Vision If It's Only In Your Head, EYES SHUT. DOOR OPEN. Returns To Boston

Most perplexing is the playwright's decision to omit the elements of danger and consequence from the world of her characters. This decision explains the unrestrained emotional tone of her play, but the choice left me wondering what matters in a world without these forms. Turner and Palmer drink an inconsumable amount of alcohol in 90 minutes and suffer no consequence. Johanna is held at knifepoint and doesn't flee to protect herself when she should. Why are we watching them battle one another if these characters don't care about their fate?