REVIEW: “State Fair” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2003 “Our state fair is a great state fairDon’t miss it, don’t even be lateBet you dollars to doughnuts that our state fairIs the best state fair in our state.”– Oscar Hammerstein II Even the staunchest of fans of Hammerstein would have to admit…

REVIEW: “The Secret Garden” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2003 Like millions of young girls, Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my favorite authors when I was growing up. I confess that I vastly preferred the plucky Sara Crewe of A Little Princess (1905) to the sour Mary Lennox of The Secret Garden (1911) but in my adult years…

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

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August 2003 Main Street Stage has come up with another powerful show that neatly utilizes their narrow storefront playing area. The Beauty Queen of Leenane takes place in a claustrophobic run-of-the-mill Irish cottage in the small village of Leenane in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The play centers…

REVIEW: “Chicago” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2003 It doesn’t really matter what I say in this review because the Theater Barn’s production of Chicago will sell out (if it hasn’t already) anyway. That is because, as Artistic Director Bert Bernardi remarked in his curtain speech, America has Chicago fever. Cleverly timed to open the…

REVIEW: “Hollywood Pinafore” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2003 I just loved this show! Of course, I know every line, lyric, and note of Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1878 operetta H.M.S. Pinafore – of which this 1945 George S. Kaufman opus is a clever parody – so I cannot imagine what entertainment value the show…

REVIEW: “Ragtime” at the Weston Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August 2003 As soon as I saw Ragtime announced on the Weston 2003 schedule, I knew it would be wonderful. Weston does just about everything well, but especially big musicals. I have fond memories of the productions of Most Happy Fella and Candide that I saw there, and so I booked…

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