REVIEW: “Vita & Virginia” at Shakespeare & Company

Review by Gail M. Burns, July 2003 Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) and Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) were bound to meet. Both were celebrated writers who traveled in similar social circles. That they were fated to be friends and lovers is now well-known, and Eileen Atkins 1994 play Vita & Virginia gives us a tantalizing…

REVIEW: “Hello, Dolly!” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2003 The Mac-Haydn is offering up a cheerful, likeable, and oddly uneven production of Hello Dolly! Basically, the leading ladies are great and the leading men are miscast. Since this is a show about a woman, told very much from a woman’s point of view, things…

REVIEW: “Always…Patsy Cline” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2003 Your curmudgeonly critic confesses that she is not a country music fan, nor is she a fan of these “tribute” shows that are all the rage at the moment. But even though country music isn’t my favorite genre, there is no mistaking a…

REVIEW: “Sugar Babies” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2003 WOW! Wowie-wow-wow! Whatta show! What a load of silly fun! Go! Buy tickets NOW, I tell you! There is no plot to Sugar Babies, no moral, no uplifting moments. Just songs and dance, laughs and fun, all for you. That’s what it says on…

PREVIEW: “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” at Main Street Stage

by Gail M. Burns, July 2003 After preview performances last week, Main Street Stage officially opens their production of Martin McDonagh’s prize-winning play The Beauty Queen of Leenane tomorrow night. Set in the present day in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of…

REVIEW: “Route 66” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2003 Ok, I confess, I just don’t get it. I don’t understand the current popularity of staged musical revues. To me they just aren’t theatre. They are concerts with costumes, and if that’s what you want why not spend the cash to see Elton…

REVIEW: “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2003 The current production of his melodramatic parody The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Theater Barn undoubtedly has the late playwright Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) rolling in his grave. Rolling with laughter that is! Nay, more than just rolling. Probably thrashing violently in order to resurrect…

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