REVIEW: “Barnum” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August 2004 Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) was 60 years old when Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus made its debut. At the time, it was the largest circus venture in American history. Shortly thereafter Barnum coined the phrase “The greatest show on earth,”…

REVIEW: “Show Boat” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 2004 And now, ladies and gentlemen, I have the pleasure of announcing that a star is born! I have been saying all season that Renée Brna is star material, and here in Show Boat, cast in the leading role of Magnolia, she finally gets her…

REVIEW: “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum” at The Mac-Haydn

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, May, 2004 The Mac-Haydn has billed its 2004 season as “Fantastic Fun” and has launched it with a bang with an hilarious and energetic production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. My companion for the evening, who had never…

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