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Instead of attempting the impossible task for imitating Ol’ Blue Eyes, MNM Theatre Company’s My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, is a solid, polished, thoroughly entertaining stroll through 58, yes 58, of the songs closely associated with his career
Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of The Bridges of Madison County is what critics save up our credibility for – so that when a work of art is this effective, this moving, this captivating, then you’ll know we are urging you to see something truly special.
The miracle of the Carousel when it’s done well, as it is in this Actors Playhouse production, is that although it’s 72 years old and its protagonists are a wife-beating ne’er-do-well and the woman who stubbornly loves him despite the domestic violence, the bloody thing works in the 21st Century.
To say that Sondheim’s Passion is not to every intelligent patron’s taste is an understatement. But if you can open yourself up to it, Zoetic Stage’s production is a transcendent work of performance art with the power to rip into your psyche and reaffirm the transformative power of love.
As far as large-scale Broadway musicals, Ragtime stands as Actors’ finest mainstream work ever, as accessible and satisfying as it is passionate and thoughtful. Anyone who cares about musical theater, or theater in general, should make a special effort to see this production.
Here’s a look back at 2014 including a very subjective subjunctive reductive list of outstanding shows, performances and developments guaranteed to make someone unhappy they were not on the list. Take comfort in that there was so much good work that this is the crème de la crème de menthe.
Some patrons might be a tad uncomfortable at Murder Ballad at Actors Playhouse. After all, a lovesick swain likely will pour his heart out while standing on a chair a few inches away from an audience member’s face. A ticket buyer may find herself within spitting distance of a sweaty couple trying to kill each other.
Perhaps God invented musicals just so someday we could be thrilled and troubled and moved and enriched by next to normal, Actors Playhouse’s finest work since Floyd Collins in 2003.