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Adding Machine: A Musical; Through May 12; Live Arts

Adding Machine: A Musical; Through May 12; Live Arts

Mr. Zero (played by Jon Cobb, right) counts on redemption in the afterlife in Live Arts’ production of Adding Machine, directed by Bree Luck. (Publicity photo) Recognizing that the gift of history clouds the past, I’ve often wondered why Elmer Rice’s allegorical play, The Adding Machine, is considered such a classic of modern theater. I […]

Preview: Festival crashing, Dogwood-style

Preview: Festival crashing, Dogwood-style

  (Photo by Jack Looney) Nothing says quaint quite like the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival, which marks its sixty-third annual resurrection this year. Comprised of nearly a month of disparate events and activities, the Dogwood Festival has a little something for everyone, as long as everyone likes BBQs, fireworks, beauty pageants, war memorials, carnivals, or fundraising […]

Superior Donuts is satisfyingly sweet

Superior Donuts is satisfyingly sweet

Aren’t we fascinated when real people live up to well-worn stereotypes?​ The characters in Superior Donuts seem like stereotypes, but they embody realistic contradictions, which makes them endearingly plumb. Isaih Anderson (left) and Tim McNamara bring nuance and heart to thinly scripted roles in the Live Arts production of Superior Donuts. When I say that protagonist Arthur Przybyszewski (Robert McNamara) is […]

The Glass Menagerie; Culbreth Theater; Through October 16

Astronomers recently discovered a small solar system that could support life some 20 light years away from earth. I wonder if, in the glare of their own sun, some distant, sentient creatures are also flummoxed by loneliness and failure. In UVA’s impressive production of The Glass Menagerie, these possibilities come to mind. Below a dusky […]

A Midsummer Night's Dream; Hamner Theater; Through June 27

A Midsummer Night's Dream; Hamner Theater; Through June 27

Afton’s Hamner Theatre continues the local Bard-a-thon by presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream squarely on the heels of Live Arts’ Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, which arrived soon after Four County Players’ Othello; not to mention the ongoing work of Staunton’s American Shakespeare Center. A Midsummer Night’s Dream might be an overrated script, even […]

Henry IV, Pts. 1 & 2; Live Arts; Through May 22

Henry IV, Pts. 1 & 2; Live Arts; Through May 22

Bard lovers often want to disassemble Shakespeare’s histories and stitch them back together in new ways. Orson Welles did so in his brilliant, but obscure, Chimes at Midnight. Now Sara Holdren, our local Shakespearean cotter pin, brings a fresh take on Henry IV with Live Arts’ new production.  It’s not often that Live Arts delves […]

Cabaret; Four County Players; Through March 20

Cabaret; Four County Players; Through March 20

Musicals are often brushed off as fluffy escapism, and yet the most-enduring ones—from Puccini’s popular operas to Sondheim’s Into The Woods—are about celebrating the frivolity and freedom of youth. That is, until the dread sets in. Cabaret is within this canon and the script is as germane with its politics and rhetoric as it was […]

Nixon's Nixon; Hamner Theater; Through March 13

Nixon's Nixon; Hamner Theater; Through March 13

Russell Lees’ Nixon’s Nixon is an animalistic powerplay in the manner of McClure’s The Beard and Mamet’s Oleanna; two hungry beings in a single room, both jockeying for the upper hand. Here, it’s Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, alone on the eve of Nixon’s resignation. To say the situation is timely is an understatement: A […]

Arcadia; Play On! Theater; Through February 21

Arcadia; Play On! Theater; Through February 21

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is an unusual choice for Play On! While the play may be far from agit-prop or avant garde, it ain’t Moss Hart. It’s a challenge. Stoppard has always written as if to show how clever he is, and damn if he doesn’t succeed at every turn, decade after decade. Play On! risks […]