REVIEW: “Now Circa Then” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin   The audience at Chester Theatre Company is greeted by Julian and Josephine Glockner as they introduce a re-enactment at a tenement museum in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.   Something does not ring quite true since Julian has an Eastern European accent and Josephine is very American though the actual Glockners…

REVIEW: “Peter and the Starcatcher” at GhostLit Rep

by Macey Levin   Peter and the Starcatcher, Rick Elice’s prequel to James Barrie’s Peter Pan, seems to be building a cult-like reputation.  This raucous play is produced by the GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company at Great Barrington’s St. James Place.  There are problems some of which are attributable to the venue.   St. James Place…

REVIEW: “The Night Alive” at the Chester Theatre Company

by Macey Levin   The Night Alive by Conor McPherson is the story of five Dubliners bumbling through life and often at odds with one another.  McPherson, the award winning playwright of Shining City, The Seafarer, The Weir and many others, has an ear for realistic dialogue full of incomplete sentences, broken phrases and the…

REVIEW: “Crazy for You” at the Sharon Playhouse

by Macey Levin When it opened in 1992 Crazy for You was publicized as the “New GERSHWIN musical comedy” though it was an adaptation, of sorts, of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930’s Girl Crazy.   The basic plot is the same and the music is all Gershwin with five original songs and many more adapted from…

REVIEW: “Curtains” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Macey Levin   From the mid-60’s into the 21st century John Kander and Fred Ebb were major figures in Broadway theatres.  Their notable musicals include Cabaret (1966), Zorba (1968) Chicago (1975) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) among many others.  Curtains (2007) was their last show but it was incomplete at the time of…