Monthly Archives: May 2015

RING OF FIRE: An American Epic on Stage

When Richard Maltby, Jr. was ready to open his new work, Ring of Fire, in 2005, he sensed he had created something important: “It’s almost a mythic American tale—of growing up in simple, dirt-poor surroundings in the heartland of America, leaving home, traveling on wings of music, finding love, misadventure, success, faith, redemption, and the […]

OLD WICKED SONGS: “Joy and Sorrow”

Following its debut at Louisville’s 1996 Human Festival of Plays, Jon Marans’ two-character play Old Wicked Songs went on to a string of productions culminating in a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. By 1999 Chicago had its first production of Old Wicked Songs at the Apple Tree Theater, starring Hill Street Blues’ Daniel J. Travanti. […]

Sense and Sensibility, A New Musical: Charm, Beauty, and Wit

Many people have adapted Jane Austen’s work to the stage, but I know of none who has succeeded as well as Mr. Paul Gordon, author of the book, music, and lyrics. Sense and Sensiility is not only beautiful theatrically and musically, but it remains faithful to Ms. Austen’s novel, adds a lush musical score which […]

BEAST ON THE MOON: Masterful Storytelling

Rarely does a play come along which illustrates Aristotle’s dramaturgical wisdom as well as does Richard Kalinoski’s Beast on the Moon. The play’s success throughout the far reaches of world – ten years running at the Moscow Art Theater, winner of France’s Moliere Award, in production in Japan, and being translated into Turkish- testifies to […]