REVIEW: “South Pacific” at Barrington Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 2002 It is a great pity that Christianne Teasdale is so dead wrong as Nellie Forbush, otherwise this would be a really great production of South Pacific. But because Teasdale tries and misses in this pivotal role, it is simply a good one. I say this…

REVIEW: “Mack and Mabel” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 2002 Mack and Mabel is a legendary flop. It opened on Broadway in the fall of 1974 with the legendary Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters in the title roles. It has a score by the legendary Jerry Herman (composer of Hello, Dolly! and Mame), was directed and choreographed…

REVIEW: “Macbeth” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June 2002. Last night I got to experience in person the famous old story about the night that legendary playwright and director George S. Kaufman stood in the back of the theatre watching the Marx Brothers performing one of the many plays he wrote for…

REVIEW: “The Valley of Decision” at Shakespeare & Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June 2002. Dennis Krausnick, who has adapted two dozen of Edith Wharton’s prose works for the stage, has labored mightily and transformed her 1902 novel The Valley of Decision into two and a half hours of densely philosophical musings that may or may not be a play.…

REVIEW: “My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 2002 If you like the Lawrence Welk Show, then you will just love My Way, a lightweight entertainment billed as a “tribute to Frank Sinatra” currently running at the Theater Barn. Basically this is a ninety minute concert of 56 Sinatra standards, strung together by…

REVIEW: “Dirty Blonde” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 2002 If you take a close look at Mae West (1893-1980), you will see that she is nothing that you expect her to be. She wasn’t really blonde, she wasn’t really busty, and she wasn’t really curvy (heavy corset use there). She was kind…

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