REVIEW: “Boston Marriage” at The Theater Barn

by Roseann Cane The term “Boston Marriage” was likely derived from Henry James’s 1886 novel The Bostonians. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the term was used to describe a household where two unmarried women lived together, independent of men. Whether all such relationships were romantic and/or sexual…

REVIEW: “The True” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane Erastus Corning 2nd (1909-1983), the 72nd mayor of the city of Albany, served a remarkably long term, from 1942 to 1983, earning himself the handle “Mayor for Life.” Scion of a prominent Albany family, Corning was the product of a classic political machine, where a political party–in…

REVIEW: “The Turn of the Screw” at Oldcastle

by Roseann Cane Henry James’s 1898 horror novella, The Turn of the Screw, was first published in a 12-part serial format in Collier’s Weekly. James, a foremost novelist in the English language, found his popularity waning, and although he later said he despised the serial format, he needed income. His…

REVIEW: “Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow” at Capital Rep

by Roseann Cane I don’t think it’s possible to watch Jannie Jones on stage without being utterly beguiled. The actress kicked off Capital Repertory Theatre’s inaugural season, starring in Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow. Written by Larry Parr in 2005, the play is a musical biography of…

REVIEWS: “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin Nina Simone was an iconic singer during the 1960’s through ‘80’s specializing in pop, rock, soul and R&B, what she called Black classical music.  Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham currently at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is a biographical play with music…

REVIEWS: “Shakespeare’s Will” at Oldcastle

by Jeannie Marlin Woods Undoubtedly, William Shakespeare is one of the most intriguing figures in history and literature. Our fascination is due, in part, to the paucity of verifiable information on the life of the world’s greatest playwright. Even fewer facts are known about his wife, Anne Hathaway. So, SHAKESPEARE’S…

REVIEWS: “Boca” at Barrington Stage Company

by Macey Levin The city of Boca Raton, Florida, conjures up an image of high-end country clubs and safe gated communities.  A new play, Boca by Jessica Provenz, produced at Barrington Stage Company’s tent at their Production Center, is a series of twelve ten-minute plays that take place in this…

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