(Braintree, MA) From my own upbringing, I thought I understood the definition of dysfunctional, but nothing could have prepared me for the family dynamic put on display in the rock musical Next to Normal. Continue reading →
(Braintree) The Drowsy Chaperone pulls a neat trick. In order to treat its audience to an old- fashioned musical comedy in a jaded age, it bookends the story with the alternately joyous and grim analysis of a musical fan. Richard Carey plays the asocial, contemporary fan in question, obsessed with the non-existent 1928 play of the title. His interest in the sunny musical and his running commentary turns the show-within a-show into a meditation on how a lonely man deals with sadness. Continue reading →
Take x; add a strong cast and tight direction to a Pulitzer Prize winning script, and the result will be Curtain Call Theatre’s production of Proof. The small theater group embodies two of the main themes of the play: testing theories and proving yourself.
The cast brings strength and soul to the script. At the core is Sarah Jacobs. This recent Brandeis University graduate possesses natural talent that creates an awkward, intelligent, and inwardly strong Catherine. She has a few small affectations and a lack of cynicism, but those nuances will go away with life and career experience. Dan Delaporta, as Hal, exudes energy and geekiness. He displays both the self-centeredness and sensitivity that makes him a good match for Catherine. Both actors will continue to thrive as long as they practice their craft and remain open to all opportunities. Continue reading →