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Author Archive | Lee Levine

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Rain Follows the Plow’

Bluegrass, country and folk music made a triumphant showing last night in Stephen R. Coffee’s “Rain Follows the Plow.” Coffee’s show, labeled a dust opera, concerns the Dust Bowl of the Thirties and the plight of farmers living through it. Think “Grapes of Wrath,” think songs of Woody Guthrie, think photos of displaced rural folks […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Paper Glass’

Movie star Bette Davis used to say that she always wanted a crack at playing the title character in Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. Davis thought Alice a spitfire like herself, not a sweet demure little girl as often portrayed. Monica Dionysiou finds her own guiding light in Paper Glass which is adapted from Carroll’s Alice […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Up For Debate’

Any show starting with a handsome actor wearing a gold lame vest while singing (in excellent baritone) an anthem to the state of Idaho cannot be accused of taking itself too seriously. Luke Mullan, writer and director of the Capital Fringe’s Up for Debate keeps up the raucous irreverent tone all throughout, making for a delightful […]

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‘The Last Five Years’ at Metropolitan Youth Arts Theatre

It helped- not hindered- Composer/Lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s aim that his two leads, though meant to be in their twenties, are in fact played by actors (Kyra Smith as Cathy Hyatt and Ben Cherington as Jamie Wellerstein) in their late teens. There are two character shows, like Love Letters which work as vehicles for mature older performers. With […]

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‘An Evening with Jerry Lewis’ at The Lincoln Theatre

To say that Jerry Lewis had the audience eating out of his hand Friday night January 9, 2015 at the Lincoln Theatre might sound like a typical show business cliché, but he certainly wowed the near capacity crowd and almost all of the time this reviewer. A certain excitement built even before his entrance. Patrons, who though […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Lucretia Borgia’

The Small Batch Theater Co. succeeds with modern dance in its unique production of Lucretia Borgia. Back in Renaissance Italy, Lucretia Borgia was always the baddest girl on the block-or so we’ve been told. Papal daughter and sibling of equally famous schemers, Lucretia stood accused of it all: employing the wiles of a femme fatale and […]

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