REVIEW: “Monsters of Grace” at MASS MoCA

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 1999 “Angels and ministers of grace defend us!” Hamlet cries when he first sees his father’s ghost in Act I, scene iv. When Robert Wilson, who came up with the visual concept for this 3-D digital opera, was touring in a one-man “Hamlet” he…

REVIEW: “Quark Victory” WTF at MASS MoCA

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 “Quark Victory” is what we get this summer in lieu of the Free Theatre. So the burning question here is – is “Quark Victory” worth the $15 ticket price, or are we getting Free Theatre quality for a heftier price. I am happy…

REVIEW: “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 “What happens to a dreamdeferred?Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?”– Langston Hughes “Harlem [2]” Lorraine Hansberry was 26 when she started writing “A Raisin in the Sun”. At 29 she was the first female black playwright to have her work…

REVIEW: “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 1999 Roger Rees’ production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” will make people fall in love with the theatre. That is a very very dangerous thing to do – parents are sobbing into their swiss-processed decaffeinated coffee this morning, rueing the day they…

REVIEW: “The Eternal Triangle” at Victory Street Productions

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 1999 Victory Street Productions launched their career with an outrageous audience participation comedy staged at the PNA back in April. An auspicious beginning for the new Adams-based community theatre group. Love it or hate it, “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding” got right in your face,…

REVIEW: “Run For Your Wife” at The Theater Barn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 1999 The title says it all. This 1960’s British farce is broad and silly. It is an old war-horse of a farce, mumbling polite British apologies as it stumbles through more mistaken identities and chances for people to appear in their underwear than seems…

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