Sometimes it’s possible to be captivated by a play about ordinary people in ordinary circumstances — a play in which nothing particularly dynamic or transformative happens, and in which the dialogue is not particularly profound or lyrical or clever. Read More
It’s tempting to think that traveling back to the 1950s could solve the problems of 21st-century life. Who wouldn’t want to trade harried schedules and information overload for the serene life of manicured lawns, cocktails and crab puffs? Read More
“How can you honor the dead if you have no faith?” demands Isaac, the gay, born-again-Jewish son of an architect, Michael.Insists Michael, “I know how to encapsulate grief!”Workaholic Dad, famous for building memorials, has left his heritage so far behind that he never circumcised his son, much to Isaac’s everlasting chagrin. Read More
American Conservatory Theater associate artistic director Mark Rucker first staged the 1930 George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart Hollywood satire “Once in a Lifetime” as a 2009 project for the conservatory’s masters of fine arts students.
It’s now been sumptuously remounted as this season’s opener, with both students and professionals playing multiple roles. But what makes for an enjoyable workout for emerging actors is not necessarily an inspiring mainstage show. Read More