Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash playing at Actors’ Playhouse finds its entertainment in having performers, sing, dance, act and play the instruments much as with the company’s successful Million Dollar Quartet.
The Lost Virginity Tour, produced by Pigs Do Fly Productions, tells of four senior women who take a roadtrip across the country to revisit the sites where they…. well, read the title.
Let’s get it out quickly because this show’s twice-extended off-Broadway run at the MCC Theater ends Nov. 24. The Wrong Man is a superbly wrought, profoundly affecting work, ranking up there with Floyd Collins. And Joshua Henry’s soaring passion-infused central performance is inarguably among the finest examples of musical theater acting I have ever seen.
The Wolves fits the bill for Zoetic Stage’s Theater Up Close series. It’s an up-close, navel gazer. Nine teenaged girls are part of a high school indoor soccer team that meets each Saturday. The characters are nameless, only identified by jersey number. For 90 minutes, the audience is privy to eavesdropping on the locker-roomesque conversations as they warm up for a series of games
Riverside Theatre hits the mark for a designated demographic with its season opener, Beehive – The 60s Musical. The show is a musical revue of songs from the 1960s made popular by girl groups such as The Supremes and The Shirelles and iconic female voices like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin.
In the prologue of Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors, the actors literally throw out the book—chucking their musty copies behind them with the satisfaction of college graduates tossing their caps. And besides, they add, they want to get us all out of here within 90 minutes—an admirable goal for many new plays and, in this case, a small mercy.
In this post-9/11 time, we ruminate even more than during the Black Plague about the seeming randomness of blind fate or God’s inscrutable will — and wondering is there a meaning to life. Those questions permeate a highly theatrical stage version of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey — much of it re-told in rhyming verse — in an intriguing Miami New Drama production written by, directed and starring off-Broadway fixture David Greenspan.
Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Shrek the Musical is pure unadulterated fun, not just youngsters in the audience watching familiar fairy tale characters cavort in atypical ways, or older kids enjoying nose-thumbing humor involving farts and belches, but also adults quietly enjoying the more sophisticated jokes, cultural references and gentle skewering of the unrealistic tropes they were raised on.