REVIEW: “Promises, Promises” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 The Theater Barn has a hit on its hands with its charming production of “Promises, Promises.” This production has everything their “Grease” needed and lacked – energy and good casting. The Theater Barn proves that you don’t need a big budget or a…

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 Gee, it seemed like such a good idea. The young, energetic, talented company at the Theater Barn staging “Grease”. One of my pet peeves with “Grease” is watching a bunch of 30-somethings hop around pretending to be teenagers. There was a guarantee that…

REVIEW: “Hecuba” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 There are two things you need to know at the outset. First, this is Greek tragedy we are discussing here. Hecuba is two hours of angst, grief, death, revenge, self-pity, misery, and helplessness. Second, the title character is referred to by her Greek…

REVIEW: “Taking Steps” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 Oldcastle has another Ayckbourn hit on its hands. Their production of Ayckbourn’s 1991 comedy “Taking Steps” is a flawless gem. Oldcastle has made a lucky find in Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of the modern theatre’s most prolific and consistently funny playwrights. Armed with…

REVIEW: “Sweet Talk” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 You know you’re getting old when… You know you’re getting old when you walk out of the theatre saying “When I was young we knew how to do sex and nudity on the stage. Not like these politically correct young whipper-snappers today. No…

REVIEW: THE DUMB WAITER and REVUE SKETCHES

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 1998 I don’t know how many of you are even aware of the existence of the Miniature Theatre of Chester. Chester, MA, is one of those you-can’t-get-there-from- here places. And what the heck, you may be asking, is a “miniature theatre”? Well, it is…

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