REVIEW: “A Comedy of Tenors” at Oldcastle

by Gail M. Burns One of my happiest farcical memories is of seeing Ken Ludwig’s hilarious 1986 opus Lend Me a Tenor at Oldcastle way back when they were performing in the Everett Mansion on the campus of what is now Southern Vermont College. So I was thrilled that they would be the company to introduce…

REVIEW: “Actually” in Williamstown

by Gail M. Burns Two first-year students at Princeton, Thomas Anthony (Joshua Boone) and Amber Cohen (Alexandra Socha). Thomas is black and a talented piano player. Amber is a white and Jewish, and a bundle of conflicting ambitions and desires. Both are eighteen. Legally, they are adults, but as we listen to the stories they…

A Comedy of Reinvention, Survival, and Doing Drag

by Gail M. Burns Matthew Lopez’ work was first introduced to Dorset Theatre Festival audiences in 2013 when then brand new Artistic Director Dina Janis directed his play The Whipping Man, a drama exploring racial tensions in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. Now Stephen Brackett is directing Lopez’ comedy The Legend of…

Uplifting Stories and Cathartic Songs About Death

by Gail M. Burns Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die is described as “Part pop/indie rock cabaret, part storytelling—a life affirming show about one thing we all have in common.” That would be death. This is a show about the inevitability of death and dying. And according to Vogue it’s “goofily grim” and “wildly entertaining.”…