REVIEW: “Engaging Shaw” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August 2006 “Those who talk most about the blessings of marriage and the constancy of its vows are the very people who declare that if the chain were broken and the prisoners left free to choose, the whole social fabric would fly asunder. You cannot…

REVIEW: “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2002 Bad. Awful. Ouch! Brandon and I left at intermission. Brandon said that the humor was “rude” even for his rowdy 13-year-old male ears. Actually, the humor was less bawdy than what I heard at the Sophie Tucker show at the Mac-Haydn , and there were no naked men like…

REVIEW: “I Do! I Do!” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2001 What a delightful show! I cannot think of a happier way to spend the evening than up at Oldcastle in the company of Trudi Possey as Agnes and Richard Howe as Michael as they sprint through Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s 1966 musical…

REVIEW: “Panache” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June, 2001 Whoever decided to bill Panache as a screwball comedy has done Oldcastle a great disservice. Although I am hard pressed to come up with a category into which the show fits, I am sure that it is NOT screwball comedy. In fact, I have seldom…

REVIEW: “Company” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July, 2000 Many people asked me why I was going to see “Company” if I had just seen it at Barrington Stage. This question illustrates the difference between people who understand the theatre and those who don’t. With film, once you have seen it, you…

REVIEW: “A View from the Bridge” at Oldcastle

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, October, 1999 The 1999 theatre season has been bracketed by productions of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge”. I declared the season open in late May when Town Players mounted a superb production at BCC. Now Oldcastle weighs in with its production a week after summer has officially…

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