Beauty contests are sitting ducks for the high-camp treatment that casts and directors give them. That’s what makes Cygnet Theatre’s Pageant such a funny play; the show’s ensemble culture and hilarious writing take it from there.
These are both “don’t miss” productions, so, tempting as it might be, please don’t content yourself with the froth of Earnest and miss out of the intellectual games of Travesties. But, see Earnest first.
Many of Stephen Sondheim’s musicals are more admired than beloved. Assassins falls into that category, despite a well-paced and sung production at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town.
The mysteries of the living theatre conjure romance for everybody but there’s no audience more receptive than the theatre workers themselves. Those giving their lives to the art live with the endless urge to show just how splendid the rewards can be, despite the cost and the sacrifices. Just consider a quick, top-of-the-head list of […]
Audiences dreamed the impossible dream when “Man of La Mancha” opened in 1965. Despite his recent assassination, John F. Kennedy’s Camelot era still ruled both the national mood and the Broadway stage. The cynicism that accompanied a prolonged war and battles for civil and other rights would not set in for a couple of years […]