REVIEW: “Duet for One” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Gail M. Burns, July 2006. Duet for One made me very angry. I suspect this is a very personal response because my fellow audience members did not appear to be leaving the theatre with steam coming out of their ears. This play did win the London Theatre Critics’ award for…

REVIEW: “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Barrington Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 2005 I had been looking forward to seeing this production of The Importance of Being Earnest for months, and so I was puzzled that I left the theatre feeling empty and unfulfilled. Certainly Barrington Stage has mounted a beautiful and professional production cast with attractive and…

REVIEW: “Fuente” at Barrington Stage Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, July 2005 The first word that came to my mind to describe Cusi Cram’s Fuente receiving its world premiere at Barrington Stage’s Stage II, was “Fantastic”. In these language-lazy times we too often accept that word as merely a synonym for “good”. I could just see myself…

REVIEW: “Follies” at Barrington Stage Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, June 2005 I just loved the Barrington Stage Company production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies which is flawlessly cast and energetically performed. But then I am a real geek when it comes to Broadway musicals and a big fan of Stephen Sondheim. For me it is a thrill…

REVIEW: “Three Viewings” at Barrington Stage Company

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, February 2005 While Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings is certainly excellent theatre, it is not exactly a play. Set in a Pittsburgh funeral home, it consists of three monologues by characters who really don’t know each other and who are each mourning the passing of different people. Having…

REVIEW: “Falsettos” at Barrington Stage

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, August, 2002 The evening of theatre presented under the title Falsettos is comprised of two chamber operas – March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland. The fictional action of the shows takes place in 1979 and 1981 respectively, but they were written in 1981 and 1990, and not combined into their…

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