Category: Writers’ Theatre

Hamlet at Writers’ Theatre

So.  Writers’ kicked off the season with Hamlet.  Pretty bold. I had a copy of the old Lawrence Olivier version and watched it for the first time a week or so ago – just to try and get Kenneth Brannagh out of my head.… Continue Reading “Hamlet at Writers’ Theatre”

Writers’ Theatre: A Little Night Music

I am not sure I’d ever even heard of A Little Night Music before.  And if you ask me tomorrow, what’s playing at Writers’ Theatre, I will probably say, “that one with Send in the Clowns“.  But damn, it was good. Writers’ doesn’t have… Continue Reading “Writers’ Theatre: A Little Night Music”

The Real Thing, by Tom Stoppard

Writers Theatre’s first show of the season was The Real Thing, by Tom Stoppard.  Michael Halberstam directed and Sean Fortunato was the lead.  Natasha Lowe played his first wife, which messed me up a bit because I haven’t shaken her performance in Streetcar from… Continue Reading “The Real Thing, by Tom Stoppard”

Writers’ Theatre, Heartbreak House

Writers’ Theatre really likes Shaw. I believe I read somewhere that he was the most produced playwright in their history, and since this one was not a musical..I was totally game. I’ve said before that one of the strengths of this company is the… Continue Reading “Writers’ Theatre, Heartbreak House”

Travels With My Aunt

I saw Travels With My Aunt at Writers’ Theatre tonight.  It was at the small stage in Books on Vernon.  They did the “general admission” thing again – does twice in a row make it a trend or a permanent feature?  No matter, because… Continue Reading “Travels With My Aunt”

She Loves Me, at Writers’ Theatre

I’ve had a rough time at Writers’ Theatre lately, which is the absolute opposite of the way the critics felt and only a matter of my taste.  And getting sprayed by a half-naked Stanley Kowalski.  I was apprensive going into She Loves Me, another… Continue Reading “She Loves Me, at Writers’ Theatre”

Seeing it Live

Weekend Assignment #319: The Play’s The Thing. Nowadays we get most of our comedy and drama from television, from movies and even from internet downloads. Perhaps we sometimes forget that all of these evolved from a much older art form, the stage play. Do you… Continue Reading “Seeing it Live”

A Streetcar Named Desire

Dear Writers’ Theatre: I am so sorry.  So, so sorry.  I just can’t stand the play.  I came anyway, because I love you.  And I hoped that most of my problem with A Streetcar Named Desire is the movie version.  I don’t believe any fan of… Continue Reading “A Streetcar Named Desire”

The Minister’s Wife

The Chicago Tribune reports that Writers’ Theatre is sending another show to New York – The Minister’s Wife.  It is a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida.  It was produced last Spring. I wrote about it last year and I remember it more… Continue Reading “The Minister’s Wife”

The Old Settler

Writers’ Theatre won a million points with me for making such a hassle-free exchange of my tickets, when I decided on two weeks’ notice to go on vacation. Then, they won a few more points for sending me an e-mail reminder for Sunday that… Continue Reading “The Old Settler”