REVIEW: “Yellow” at Troy Foundry Theatre

by Roseann Cane As you enter the Trojan Hotel, the bar and ballroom of which date from 1830, the immersion begins. The hotel, abandoned for decades, has been restored by members of the Troy Foundry Theatre and the cast and crew of Yellow, a world premiere devised work, a commission with Die-Cast, directed by Brenna Geffers, inspired…

REVIEW: “Pipeline” at WAM Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger Pipeline, Dominique Morisseau’s heartbreakingly beautiful, Obie Award-winning play, is currently being presented by WAM Theatre at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in a production directed by Dawn M. Simmons. The title of the play, which received its World Premiere in 2017 at Lincoln Center Theater, refers to the School-to-Prison Pipeline…

REVIEW: “American Underground” at Barrington Stage Company

by Barbara Waldinger In a Study Guide for Barrington Stage Company’s production of American Underground, the playwright, Brent Askari, asserts that he likes telling “genre stories”—in this case, thrillers.  Publicity for this World Premiere, winner of a Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, asks: “How do you put a thriller on the stage and…

REVIEW: “Lobby Hero” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane In the pristine lobby of a Manhattan high-rise apartment building, we find two security guards, Jeff (Kenny Toll), a good-natured slacker with a mildly checkered past, and his boss, William (Jonathan Louis Dent), a straitlaced, by-the-book pedant exceedingly frustrated by Jeff’s lax manner. William has reached a point where he’s prepared to…

REVIEW: “What the Jews Believe” at Berkshire Theatre Group

by Macey Levin   Mark Harelik’s sweet and poignant 1985 play The Immigrant has been performed at innumerable regional and off-Broadway theatres.  It is the story of his grandfather when he settled in Hamilton, Texas, outside Galveston in the early 20th century and built a life for himself and his family despite being the only…