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Theater Review

High Spirits and Expectations at A Noise Within

Melinda Brocka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melinda Brocka

Both Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Charles Dickens' Great Expectations a Glendale's A Noise Within were hilarious, extremely well-acted and included creative use of props and wardrobe.

Old Time Laughs at the Largo

Tara Settembre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Tara Settembre

I was at the Largo on a Friday night for the sold out, monthly Acker & Blacker's Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged show in the style of old-time radio.

Next Fall on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

One powerful message of the play Next Fall is contained in its title. Simply, don't put things off: life may not wait till next fall.

The U.K. National Theatre's Phedre Could Change the Reach of Theater -- or Not

Divina Infusino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Divina Infusino

Live theater has no natural digital companion. The U.K. National Theatre's production of Phèdre, starring Helen Mirren, has been an attempt to change that.

Take a Cue in Life from Angela Lansbury

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dr. Tian Dayton

The Angela Lansbury moment was so extraordinary because somehow she is a symbol of how to live the full length and breadth of one's life.

Stage Door: Coward at Christmas, James Barbour, Shrek the Musical

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fern Siegel

Shrek the Musical at the Broadway Theater is notable for being loud and unnerving. The original film was layered; the musical translation is all campy surface. The Lion King this isn't.

Stage Door: Occupant, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fern Siegel

Insightful, and astounding, Albee's Occupant reveals the true grit behind an artist's calling. By contrast, Goldberg's Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy focuses on the wholly physical -- stretching, literally, what the body can do.

Is Ballet Dead? Never! New York City Ballet Presents an Enticing Evening of New Work

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

I had a wonderful night at New York City Ballet the other night. The program, titled "Here and Now", focused on some of the company's newest works, and was kind of a celebration of the future, of 21st Century ballet.