Monthly Archives: August 2014

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY: MOYA O’CONNELL CLAIMS TRACY LORD AS HER OWN

On the day of Tracy Lord’s second shot at marriage, we have a diverse bunch of mostly upper crust folks before us. Little sister Dinah is played bubbly with existence and prone to mispronunciation, in her saddle shoes, by Tess … Continue reading

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A POIGNANT AND FINELY MODULATED JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL

These are poor people in “the Boyle family’s two-roomed flat in a tenement house in Dublin,1922” and at the outset of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, Marla McLean as daughter Mary spiffs up her shoes with her bare hand. … Continue reading

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A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

The stage brightens up twice for Tennessee Williams’ A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, first through Louise Guinand’s lighting design and then, again, with the appearance of Deborah Hay as vulnerable Dorothea. Dorothea is wide-eyed and comically light doing her … Continue reading

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SMALL TOWN SNOBBERY AND SCANDAL IN SHAW FESTIVAL’S WHEN WE ARE MARRIED

Three decidedly Yorkshire couples, with each celebrating twenty five years of matrimonial union, are informed that, officially, they are not married. Prior to this shattering revelation, pretty devastating stuff for when the play takes place, it has been obvious to … Continue reading

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THE CHARITY THAT BEGAN AT HOME: CAST AND DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER NEWTON IN BRILLIANT FORM AS THE SHAW FESTIVAL RETRIEVES A FORGOTTEN GEM

If The Sea, though first produced in 1973, is set in 1907, the rarely produced The Charity that Began at Home by St John Hankin, another theatrical gem at the 2014 Shaw Festival, was actually mounted on stage a year … Continue reading

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THE PHILANDERER BY SHAW AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL: “I LAUGHED WITH DELIGHT FROM BEGINNING TO END”

OR THIS….. For maybe four decades, on every trip to London, I have made it a point to visit the National Portrait Gallery and sink, each time, into the gaze of one or two different female subjects who hang there … Continue reading

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