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In the Moment: Interview with Patrick Lord, Projection Designer

For regular theater-goers, we have seen that projection design is not a fad or an eye-popping, one-time visual effect. Projection design has become an integral part of many a production’s overall design storytelling elements. As technology has rapidly evolved, so has the use of projection design to help tell a theatrical story. Projections add their […]

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In the Moment: Interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights – Part 1

This is the first part of a multi-part series of interviews with Women’s Voices Theater Festival playwrights. In this series, I asked the same questions to a number of Women’s Voices Theater Festival (WVTF) playwrights. The questions were aimed at learning what led each playwright to develop their play. This article is not about reviewing a particular […]

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In the Moment: Report on ‘Declassified’ with Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles at The Kennedy Center

Under the masterful, musical code-switching curation of National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Artistic Advisor Ben Folds, the future for new audiences finding their way to the usually buttoned-up, High Arts atmosphere of a classical music venue was very clear at the most recent NSO Declassified concert. The one performance-only Declassified on Friday evening, January 12th, was […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at McCarter Theatre Center

A snowy Princeton afternoon may be the most festive of conditions in which to see the great McCarter Theatre holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol. Add to that a host of Dickensian characters greeting you as step through the threshold and the lobby, and you have an undeniably charming Yuletide experience. Despite Ebenezer Scrooge’s hatred […]

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Review: ‘Private Confessions’ at The Kennedy Center

How might one react to finding and reading their mother’s diary after her death? Did she purposely leave the diary so it would be found and read, rather than destroy it? And, how in Heaven’s name, does one react to discovering intimate details about their own mother’s long ago affair with a younger man; an […]

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Review: ‘The Fantasticks’ at The Eagle Theatre

What’s not to like about The Fantasticks? It’s always been a modest, gentle show that goes down easy. The Eagle Theatre’s new production adds a few new wrinkles, putting its own stamp on this venerable musical without getting in the way of what’s made it work so well for over half a century. The original […]

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Review: ‘A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order’ at Studio Theatre

  Daniel Kitson is an acquired taste. In the premiere of his newest one-actor creation, A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order at Studio’s Metheny Theatre, Kitson’s stage persona is part monk, part Detective Robert “Bobby” Goren, as well as pieces of Sherlock Holmes when Dr. Watson is not around to soften […]

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Review: ‘Pippin’ at Ritz Theatre Company

One of the most imaginative musicals ever to hit the Broadway stage, the Tony Award-winning Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson, is now dazzling audiences in a high-energy production at the Ritz Theatre Company. Directed and choreographed by Brian Rivell, with vocal and music direction by Marc […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Lighting Designer Andrew F. Griffin

Folger’s production of Antony and Cleopatra directed by Robert Richmond has garnered its rightful share of critical acclaim. Its lighting design is a critical component of the production’s striking visual presence. There was a cinematic feel to the production; scenes-within-scenes, scenes that had both color and film-noir-like black-and-white lighting aspects. I was smitten with the […]

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Review: ‘Simpatico’ at McCarter Theatre Center

“Do you want to talk, or do you want to be cryptic and weird?” Those words – which sound like they might belong in a lot of Sam Shepard’s plays – appear in the first scene of Shepard’s Simpatico. And they set the tone for this sometimes cryptic, sometimes weird, but always riveting production at […]

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Review: ‘Appropriate’ at Princeton Summer Theater

In Appropriate, the 2014–2015 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, playwright (and Princeton alumnus) Branden Jacobs-Jenkins boldly explores family relations, racism, religious bigotry, sex offense, sins of fathers, nature over nurture, mental/emotional issues, and the questionable future. The Lafayette siblings – Toni (Alex Vogelsang), the eldest, a former vice principal and divorced mother […]

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An Interview with Josh Hitchens and Ryan Walter: Going Dark in the New Jersey Fringe with ‘The Confession of Jeffrey Dahmer’

Between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer committed the shocking murders of seventeen men, involving necrophilia, dismemberment, cannibalism, and the preservation of the victims’ body parts. After years of law enforcement and the public ignoring the many signs that could have led to his earlier capture, he was ultimately found “guilty but sane” in 1992, and […]

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Review: ‘Spider’s Web’ at Princeton Summer Theater

Spider’s Web ends with the unmasking of a murderer, and it starts with… a taste test. In this play’s opening moments, two veddy proper, blindfold-wearing English gentlemen drink glasses of Port and trying to figure out the vintage. A murder mystery with wine tasting? Who else but Agatha Christie could get away with that? And who […]

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at REV Theatre Company

Madness is unleashed among the stoic marble and stone memorial markers of iconic Laurel Hill Cemetery as REV Theatre Company, directed by Rosey Hay, lends life force to the language of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Mad with grief over the his father the King’s untimely death, and enraged by his mother’s quickie marriage to his father’s brother, […]

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Review: ‘Pippin’ at Princeton Summer Theater

So many men seem destined To settle for something small, But I won’t rest until I know I’ll have it all… Stephen Schwartz’s lyrics for “Corner of the Sky” sum up everything that the title character of Pippin longs for. They’re a big reason why the show resonated with audiences in 1972 – and the […]

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Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Eagle Theatre

Peter and the Starcatcher creates a backstory for one of literature’s greatest heroes, Peter Pan. But much of the appeal of Rick Elice’s play – and director Ted Wioncek III’s production – lies in the way it tells that story. Based on a book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher takes […]

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Review: ‘Intimate Apparel’ at McCarter Theatre Center

It was as though God kissed my hands when I first pulled the fabric through the sewing machine and held up a finished garment. That’s how the main character of Intimate Apparel describes her work. What might be drudgery for some is something special for Esther Mills, an African American seamstress in 1905 Manhattan. But Esther […]

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