Terrence McNally’s ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart,’ performed by the Syracuse University Drama Department
The title of Terrence McNally’s 1991 dour comic hit Lips Together, Teeth Apart, performed by students of the Syracuse University Drama Department, does not contain a sexual in-joke.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Le Moyne College
The title’s long, but the show goes down easily. The Rachel Sheinkin-William Finn musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has had a batch of local community and professional productions since it burst upon the scene five years ago. But this one from Le Moyne College’s Boot and Buskin troupe, with performers only a few years older than the spellers, is the first collegiate mounting.
Stage critic James MacKillop chats with John Kani, co-author of Syracuse Stage’s apartheid-era work ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’
“I was never a victim of apartheid,” John Kani says with a wicked smile. An actor, as well as a playwright, novelist and director, Kani savors the momentary puzzlement of his table companions over morning coffee at Phoebe’s restaurant.
Clybourne Park is a coup for Central New York Playhouse
Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, a dark comedy-drama about history, race and real estate, is a triple-hitter, having copped both a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize, and then an Olivier for the London production.
Syracuse’s Ryan MacConnell talks about his experiences on tour with ‘Flashdance the Musical’
James MacKillop reviews Syracuse Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Hamlet’
Now is the winter of the smartphone Hamlet.
Syracuse Opera’s ‘A Little Night Music’ at the Mulroy Civic Center’s Carrier Theater
Stephen Sondheim is the equal of Giacomo Puccini? That claim by Syracuse Opera artistic head Douglas Kinney Frost is borne out in the melancholic romanticism of A Little Night Music at the Mulroy Civic Center’s Carrier Theater.
(Review) In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play at Syracuse Stage
Audiences are so likely to be distracted by a word in the title of In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, Sarah Ruhl’s much lauded new work at Syracuse Stage, that they may overlook the visual joys of that room itself.
(Review) The Importance of Being Earnest at Redhouse Arts Center
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is to comedy what Peter Pan is to children’s theater and Hamlet is to tragedy: unsurpassable. This puts a heavy burden on a director, especially a young director. Respect the masterpiece, but find something new, damn it.
James MacKillop reviews Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and A Man of No Importance
For the past three Januarys the Redhouse Arts Center has presented two productions in repertory on pretty much the same set, sharing many of the cast members. The two would be written by different people at different times, but as artistic director Stephen Svoboda asserted, by juxtaposing them one could be seen to be illuminating the other. By turning your head a bit and squinting, you could always sorta see his point.