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: Topdog/Underdog” at Shakespeare & Company

by Roseann Cane   I lived in Manhattan for many years, and, particularly downtown and in other neighborhoods heavily populated with tourists, fast-talking young men enticing naive people to bet on a game of three-card monte were a familiar sight. Standing behind makeshift tables made of a few crates and topped with a large piece…

Shakespeare & Company Presents Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog”

(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company presents MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Suzan-Lori Parks‘ pulitzer prize-winning play, Topdog/Underdog directed by the distinguished Regge Life, who helmed the Company’s acclaimed razor sharp comedy God of Carnage in 2017. Topdog/Underdog is a dynamic comedic drama running from August 13 to September 8 in the Tina Packer Playhouse. “Topdog/Underdog is one of the most powerful and moving plays from the theater; and in my opinion it’s Suzan-Lori…

REVIEW: “Twelfth Night” at Shakespeare & Company

by Jenny Hansell   Cross-dressing, mistaken identity, unrequited love, bawdy humor, and a few heart-stopping moments of darkness and deep emotion:  Shakespeare & Company’s hugely talented and appealing company works hard to make every word of Twelfth Night breathe as if freshly written.   Sticking with the play pretty much as written (recent productions in…

REVIEW: “Macbeth” at Shakespeare & Company

by Barbara Waldinger Imagine a production of Macbeth without the witches. No “When shall we three meet again?” No “Double, double toil and trouble: Fire, burn; and, cauldron, bubble.” No cauldron for that matter; no murderers to kill Banquo or Macduff’s family—only blood magically spurting from their chests. These are some of the many alterations…