October 15, 2013
It was Mel Brooks' runaway success with his musical version of THE PRODUCERS,' that inspired him to do the same thing with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Fans of the classic, black and white horror spoof, will no doubt recall the story. Frankenstein's grandson, a brain specialist and American college professor, is called back to Transylvania to sort out his infamous grandfather's estate and, in the process, is inspired to 'join the family business.' Since this is Mel Brooks we're talking about, there's also a wacky assortment of love and lust interest, scientific fantasy and delicious nonsense along the way.BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA - A Wild Romp That Turns Chekhov On His Head
September 9, 2013
Think Chekhov and the last thing that comes to mind is comedy. So to be inspired by Chekhov to come up with a play that's laugh-out-loud funny is, to say the least, quite an achievement.BWW Reviews: Monty Python Meets the Bard - This Is Not Your Grandmother's Shakespeare!
September 2, 2013
The three comics who were inspired to condense all of Shakespeare's 37 plays into 97 minutes - and then went ahead and did it - had no idea where that whacky idea would lead. First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, went on to become a runaway success, playing at the Criterion Theatre in London for over ten years. It has since been translated into dozens of different languages and has become a world-wide theatrical phenomenon. Whether you love Shakespeare, hate him or are completely indifferent, do yourself a favor and head over to Albuquerque Little Theatre, for an evening of guaranteed hilarity.BWW Reviews: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi - Still Around and Still on Top Form!
August 12, 2013
No single word can adequately sum up Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi's one night appearance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 8th.Their performance was engaging, entertaining, inspiring and uplifting, with a pace that never faltered and an array of talents guaranteed to keep the audience glued to their seats all the way through. In other words, it was a dose of good, old-fashioned entertainment.BWW INTERVIEWS: Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi
August 3, 2013
There is virtually nothing in the world of show business that Kaye Ballard and Liliane Montevecchi haven't left their mark on - acting, singing, story-telling, comedy, cabaret, dancing. . . in movies, on TV and performing live on stage - they've done it all. These legendary stars have over a century of artistic experience between them and, when I caught up with them between rehearsals for their upcoming show at the Lensic Performing Arts center in Santa Fe, it was abundantly clear that they show no signs of slowing down.BWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre's THE SEVEN Delivers a Satisfying Theatrical Sampler
June 10, 2013
Since it began in 2003, Fusion Theatre Company's festival of short works, THE SEVEN, has acquired a reputation as one of the most notable events of its kind in the nation, and even beyond. . .BWW Reviews: FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Offers a Different Take on Girl Talk
May 26, 2013
Duke City Rep is celebrating its first appearance at the Cell Theatre with a feisty production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, a comedy by award- winning playwright, Alan Ball (American Beauty.) Set in Knoxville, Tennessee, the play features five, very different bridesmaids, all reluctant participants in a fancy, over-the-top, Southern wedding. Having survived the ceremony itself, they are now taking refuge in the upstairs bedroom of the bride's rebellious, pot-smoking younger sister, Meredith, as the reception proceeds on the lawn below.BWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre Co. Presents HUMBLE BOY
April 29, 2013
I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the Fusion Theatre Company. Their productions are highly professional, well produced and consistently deliver good, solid theatrical entertainment. So it pains me considerably to have to say that HUMBLE BOY, which opened at the Cell Theatre on April 25, falls disappointingly short of the mark.BWW Reviews: LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE - More Than Just a Theatrical Chick Flick
April 15, 2013
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, now playing at Aux Dog Theatre, deals with far more meaningful topics than the title may suggest. Written by Nora Ephron (WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE) and sister, Delia Ephron, this is definitely a theatrical experience by, for and about, women.BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK Launches Fusion Theatre's 2013 Season With a Punch
March 11, 2013
CLYBOURNE PARK is not an easy play on which to slap a label. Part drama, part social history, part cultural commentary, woven together with humor that, in turn, inspires laughter, makes you wince, or leaves you squirming uncomfortably in your seat, this is not your usual theatrical fare. Also well-crafted (it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama) provocative and thought- provoking, Bruce Norris's play is an experience not to be missed.BWW Reviews: ALL MY SONS Delivers Classic Arthur Miller
February 25, 2013
ALL MY SONS is a classic Arthur Miller psychological drama about a family torn apart by the unraveling of its own dark secrets. First produced in 1947 and based on a true story, the play (which became Miller's first Broadway success) is a timely reminder of the devastating impact that misguided personal decisions can have on the world at large.BWW Reviews: DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN takes a lighthearted look at relationships through the ages.
February 11, 2013
DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, comedian Rob Becker's one-man show about the age-old battle of the sexes, first appeared in San Francisco in 1991. It went on to become the longest running solo show on Broadway and, since then, has been translated into 16 different languages and been produced in over 35 different countries. It was presented, last weekend, at the Kimo theater, featuring Cody Lyman as the classic 'every man' figure.BWW Reviews: Tom Paxton Delivers - As Always
January 17, 2013
Tom Paxton is a genuine American icon. The legendary folk singer and songwriter has been performing, singing, writing and recording songs for over 50 years and, judging by his performance to a sold-out house at the Broadway Cultural Center, he shows no signs of slowing down.BWW Reviews: FREUD'S LAST SESSION Delivers an Entertaining Dose of Theatrical Therapy
November 5, 2012
FREUD'S LAST SESSION, the off-Broadway runaway hit by Mark St. Germain, is now playing at The Cell - home of the Fusion Theatre Company - and I urge you not to miss it! BWW Reviews: The Acting Company's OF MICE AND MEN Stays True to Steinbeck
October 21, 2012
The Acting Company launched its national tour at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, on October 17, with a solid production of John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN. This grim tale, which follows the fortunes of two, itinerant, California farm workers during the Great Depression, is a timely reminder of issues still painfully relevant in American society today. . .BWW Reviews: The CAPITOL STEPS Delivers the Best Musical Satire in Washington
September 27, 2012
THE CAPITOL STEPS has been delighting audiences with political satire for over 30 years and is now something of a national institution. The group was born in December 1981 ('when Reagan was president and ketchup was a vegetable') when some Senate staffers got together to devise entertainment for their upcoming Christmas party. They came up with the novel idea of satirizing, to music, the very hands that fed them. And the rest, as they say, is history. . . BWW Reviews: Fusion Theatre Opens Season with Sparkling Production of OTHER DESERT CITIES
September 8, 2012
It's not easy to slap a label on OTHER DESERT CITIES. Jon Robin Baitz has created a play that is truly a hybrid, combining laugh-out-loud humor with pin-drop silence, mystery and mounting suspense. . . BWW Reviews: Santa Fe Playhouse's FIESTA MELODRAMA Delivers Old-Fashioned Fun
August 28, 2012
The Santa Fe Playhouse is the oldest, continuously running community theater west of the Mississippi, and summer would not be complete without its production of the FIESTA MELODRAMA. Reinvented each year by an anonymous committee of local writers (whose identity wisely remains a well-guarded secret) the melodrama has established itself as a good-natured, satirical send-up of some of the most noteworthy personalities, eccentricities and scandalous happenings in the City Different during the previous 12 months... BWW Reviews: Adobe's I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is Hilarious Because it's True!
August 13, 2012
I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PEFECT, NOW CHANGE is an entertaining musical romp through the significant stages of love and relationships. Presented as a series of vignettes, the revue begins with a first date and ends with an attempted pick-up in a funeral parlor... BWW Reviews: DOIN' IT FOR LOVE - Three Broadway Stars Deliver a Night to Remember
July 23, 2012
By any standards, DOIN' IT FOR LOVE, presented as a benefit for the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, was a rare, delicious treat. For two nights only, on July 20 and 21, three of the most well known names in show business - Kaye Ballard, Liliane Montevecchi and Lee Roy Reams - teamed up to deliver a delightful, nostalgic stroll down memory lane. . .