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First Nighter: Simon Stephens' Punk Rock Rocks Steady and Unsteady

David Finkle | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

All the stay-wide-awake light and sound accompanies action taking place in the not very well-provided senior-class library at a Stockport school in England's north country. There, a group of privileged students hang out when they're not scheduled for a class or when they're scheduled for a class but don't feel like going.

Aisle View: Fire without Substance

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

And here we have a revival of Jon Robin Baitz' 1991 play The Substance of Fire, which introduced a decidedly promising playwright and garnered all-rou...

Aisle View: The Boys in the Choir

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

An all-male boarding school serves as the starting point for Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy. During a school ceremony, tenor Pharus Jonathan Young is interrupted -- mid-solo -- by a homophobic slur.

First Nighter: "The Master Builder" Slightly Less Than Masterful, "Murder Ballad" Kills

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Santo Loquasto's set at BAM's Harvey for Henrik Ibsen's undoubtedly most challenging, yet ultimately intriguing, play, The Master Builder, is one of t...

First Nighter: Young Women Behave Badly in Bachelorette and So Does Bachelorette

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Now at Second Stage Uptown we're given 29-year-old Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, which takes place in a hotel room the night before a wedding.