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What happened was…

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March 6, 2014

What Happened Was… A play by Tom Noonan Directed by Clayton Jevne At Theatre Inconnu, ends March 8 Reviewed by Leah Callen What if you were a fly on the wall during a frictional first date?  Noonan’s play invites the audience to peep into an open window as Jackie tries to bag her co-worker Michael […]

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 Falstaff  At Theatre Inconnu  Starring Clayton Jevne  Adapted by Clayton Jevne from Robert Nye’s novel  Oct. 4 – 19th   Reviewed by Leah Callen    Sex!  And now that Falstaff has your attention, let the laughter guide you somewhere unexpectedly divine.  Clayton Jevne is incredibly authentic as he fills the boots of John Fastolf, a […]

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The Golden Dragon Theatre Inconnu until May 18, 2013 Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig Translated by David Tushingham Directed by Clayton Jevne Reviewed by Leah Callen When I sat down in the theatre, I had a bag of sugar-coated Fuzzy Peaches in my purse–candy that I sucked on as I walked to Fernwood. Little did I […]

Ray Frank: The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West A 150th Anniversary Play Written by Jennifer Wise Directed by Liza Balkan at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Workshop Production, April 11, 2013 Reviewed by Leah Callen My first honest-to-God reaction was: ooh, good title! Then I was amazed that I was watching a play about the real-life […]

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Phoenix Theatre Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner Directed by Fran Gebhard Ends March 23 Reviewed by Leah Callen From the first puffy cloud, there was something unsettling about this musical take on the Peanuts gang. As […]

The 39 Steps Langham Court Theatre Directed by Keigh Digby and Cynthia Pronick Adapted by Patrick Barlow from Alfred Hitchcock and John Buchan Ends March 23, 2013 Reviewed by Leah Callen Langham Court’s The 39 Steps is North by Northwest meets Laurel and Hardy. One part old Hollywood and two parts vaudeville, it gives a […]

Love is blind, s***head.

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February 22, 2013

Reasons to be Pretty @ The Phoenix Written by Neil Labute Directed by Christine Willes Feb 14-23  Reviewed by Leah Callen Reasons to be Pretty presents a world where people change relationships as easily as they shed overalls. Here, men and women take swings at each other while searching for their ideal other. Reasons to […]

An ode to bodies electric

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February 20, 2013

In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play) @ Theatre Inconnu until March 2/13 Directed by Naomi Simpson Written by Sarah Ruhl Reviewed by Leah Callen Sparks fly in the 1880s when Dr. Givings electrifies women with his revolutionary therapy for hysteria–a vibrator. His wife, Mrs. Givings, is a live wire desperate to plug in to […]