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First Nighter: Emily Schwend's 'The Other Thing,' Melissa Ross' 'Nice Girl' on Nice Women or Otherwise

David Finkle | Posted 05.30.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Sometimes at the theater, the women wrest it from the men -- not quite that often, but sometimes. This is one of those weeks. I'm talking about The Other Thing, written by Emily Schwend and directed by Lucie Tiberghien.

Nice Girl at the Labyrinth Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.28.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Nice Girl, beautifully written by Melissa Ross, follows the quiet rhythms of characters, particularly Jo, ruminating in silence. This was before cellphones and other distracting devices stole our reflecting time, so Jo's inner life engages us.

First Nighter: Joe Orton's Astute Loot, Matthew-Lee Erlbach's Probing Handbook

David Finkle | Posted 09.21.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Can it be that one of the funniest and one of the most anarchic comic writers of the 20th century, a true member of the exclusive Sui Generis Club, is already forgotten? Not at the Westport Country Playhouse, he isn't.

First Nighter: Ives' All in the Timing, Moran's All the Rage All to the Good

David Finkle | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

What can be told is that the clock on the wall during their three-way romping says "Thursday, April 23, 2016," which is the 400th anniversary of Will's death. Who cares whether the idea for that sight gag belongs to Ives, Rando or Boritt? It's a good one.