REVIEW: “Blithe Spirit” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane Written as a soul soother for his beloved England, which was recovering from The Blitz and devastated by the continuing casualties of World War II, Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit was a rip-roaring success. From its first performance on London’s West End in 1941 (where it ran for a record-breaking 1,997 performances), through today, Coward’s funny play about death remains very…

REVIEW: “The Humans” at Proctors

by Roseann Cane “A terrible beauty is born.” As I exited Proctors after seeing The Humans, this line from Yeats’s “Easter, 1916” kept running through my mind. The Humans has nothing to do with the Irish Easter Rising, but the profoundly conflicted feelings described through the poem were frighteningly, elegantly transmitted by this excellent production…

REVIEW: “Paris Time” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane In the Paris Time playbill, Production Dramaturge Teresa Campbell quotes an article from The Washington Post: “France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, and its most troubled. A wave of anti-Semitic violence in recent years has shaken Jews in the country to the point where growing numbers no longer…

REVIEW: “She Loves Me” at Capital Rep

by Roseann Cane When was the last time you left a theater feeling exuberant, even beguiled? For me, it was about 24 hours ago, right after Capital Repertory Theatre’s opening night of She Loves Me. I’m still smiling. She Loves Me originally opened on Broadway in 1963 with a star-studded cast that included Barbara Cook,…

REVIEW: “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” from Rebel Playhouse

by Roseann Cane The Brooklyn-based educational theater company, Rebel Playhouse, visited Troy’s Arts Center of the Capital Region recently to present their musical allegory, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth. I attended their first show, at 7:30 on a Friday evening, and exited the theater feeling seriously frustrated. I was frustrated because I had thoroughly enjoyed this delightful show,…