Sen. Joseph McCarthy died young, and his obsession with communist infiltration probably stoked that. The Roustabouts Theatre Co.’s good ‘A Jewish Joke’ reflects McCarthyism’s repercussions — but, like McCarthy, it’s missing a few of its marbles.
The era of female empowerment begs the question of its relative quietude over thousands of years. MOXIE Theatre’s current ‘Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!)’ has the right idea in addressing it — but some see-saw dialogue and an enormous directorial oversight knock it off balance.
The search for our identities sometimes takes us outside our own sphere, especially amid our youth — and Leigh Scarritt Productions’ exuberant ‘Brooklyn the Musical’ illustrates the joy inherent in that vital discovery.
Reliving 130 years’ family history of slavery in one night is a heady proposition, but Lewis proves he’s up to the challenge despite his misgivings. MOXIE Theatre’s excellent ‘Blue Door’ is pulling for him all the way.
We asked each of our writers to cast their thoughts as “bravos” and “boos.” As you’ll see, some of them found it easier to do than others. Be that as it may, we proudly present essays by Ken Herman, Kris Eitland, Bill Eadie, David Dixon, Martin Jones Westlin, and Welton Jones.