REVIEW: “The Glass Menagerie” at the Weston Playhouse

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, September, 1998 Weston Playhouse is closing its 1998 season with a production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”. This is a first for Weston – in all its 62 years of producing plays it has never mounted Williams’ 1945 classic. It may be a first…

REVIEW: “Simpatico” at Manic Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, September, 1998 The production of Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” at the Manic Stage in North Adams is theatre with a capital “T”. Actor/director Spencer Trova and company have mounted a riveting production of a dark and complex play. I say “…and company” because this truly is…

REVIEW: “The Little Foxes” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, September, 1998 When I was an aspiring teenage playwright, there were very few female playwrights for me to use as role models. In fact, there was only one – Lillian Hellman (1905-1984). Naturally, I was interested in who this one pioneer was and what she…

REVIEW: “The Secret Lives of the Sexists” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) was one of the leading players of the off-off- Broadway avant-garde theatre scene in New York City for over twenty years. Between the time he founded his Ridiculous Theatre Company in 1967 until his death due to complications from AIDS…

REVIEW: “A View From the Roof” at Barrington Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 “A View from the Roof” focuses on three generations of women and the impact one man’s heartless act has on them, and on him. But you don’t realize that until about an hour after you’ve left the theatre. Playwright Dave Carley has crafted…

REVIEW: “The King and I” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 The King and I is one of those shows that everyone assumes is wonderful. After seeing the decidedly shoddy production at the Mac-Haydn last night, I began to wonder if the underlying problem isn’t in large part due to the show itself. By…

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