The cast; photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures.
Presented by New Rep Theatre
Based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Book by Dale Wasserman Music by Mitch Leigh Lyrics by Joe Darion Original production staged by Albert Marre Directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman Music direction by David Reiffel Movement direction by Judith Chaffee
(Watertown, MA) There were children in attendance the night I saw this production. Please note that while no one is ever undressed and strong language is avoided, MoLM does approach adult themes. Parents unwilling to discuss why a cowardly group of adult men with rage issues would rape a woman because their feelings were hurt should not bring their kids to this musical. Kids the answer is: theydo itbecausetheycan.
New Rep’s production of Man of La Mancha is excellent. Get your tickets right now. Continue reading →
(Boston, MA)“Sinners” tells the story of the condemned English professor Layla (Nicole Ansari), as she awaits execution by stoning for having had an affair with her student, Nur (Ben Getz). The unnamed theocracy in which the story takes place has clear parallels to modern day Saudi Arabia. However, Layla’s characterization relies heavily on the Old Testament view of femininity, women are the dangerous corruptors of man’s innocence; Layla is a modern day Eve, Jezebel or Delilah. Cox’s artful direction places this tragic love story within a broader feminist framework, as we see a passionate woman literally crushed by the forces of patriarchy. Continue reading →
Matthew Stern (piano), Carla Martinez, Brad Daniel Peloquin, Jake Murphy, Christine Hamel in “Brecht on Brecht” (photo: Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures)
Presented by New Rep Theatre Prophetic Portraits: Exploring history at the level of the individual By Bertolt Brecht Arranged by George Tabori from various translations Co-Produced with Boston Center for American Performance Directed by Jim Petosa Music direction by Matthew Stern
(Watertown, MA) Bertolt Brecht was a selfish, arrogant, exceedingly charismatic dick. He was also a “genius” thanks to the help of collaborators such as Elisabeth Hauptmann and Kurt Weill. Brecht did not support them. He could turn a phrase, though. Continue reading →
Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures; The cast of Fiddler on the Roof.
Presented by New Rep Theatre Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem By special permission of Arnold Perl Book by Joseph Stein Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Directed by Austin Pendleton Music direction by Wade Russo Choreographed by Kelli Edwards
Trigger warning: Patriarchy, arranged marriage, lack of personhood
Review by Kitty Drexel
New Rep’s Fiddler On the Roof is an extraordinary production… With one not inconsiderable snag. Largely, the performances in this show are spectacular. This production doesn’t make up for New Rep’s lackluster musicals but it certainly resets the standard for its productions. The cast and crew have delivered to us something very special with this Fiddler. Continue reading →