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'The Collector' Feels Like a Two-Hour Trap
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 1 p.m. by Helen Shaw
It's a dangerous thing to produce a show that's already its own best metaphor. Critics, those bums, are always ready to pounce. So perhaps at some point in the process, when the ironies were closing in tight, the makers of The Colle...
Civil Bluster: Vaudevillian Repartee Overtakes Human Stakes in 'Butler'
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 6:30 a.m. by Zac Thompson
The titular character of Richard Strand's surprisingly upbeat Civil War comedy is the real-life Union Army major general Benjamin Franklin Butler, but he's not the one whose future depends on the play's outcome. That would be Shepar...
‘How Alfo Learned to Love’ Is a Romance Set in a Bakery — But Is It Worth Your Dough?’
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 6 a.m. by Phoebe Hoban
Maybe he watched Moonstruck one too many times, but playwright Vincent Amelio's How Alfo Learned to Love is about as satisfying as cold pizza. Like the appealing 1987 film, Alfo involves a thirtysomething baker who finds true love. ...
The Clock Strikes One: Mark Thomas’s Monologue 'Cuckooed' Is More Hit Than Miss
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 1:46 a.m. by Tom Sellar
Boisterous and pumped, Mark Thomas regales his listeners with stories like a pub dweller boasting to his mates. Yes, this British comedian/activist's tales can turn self-valorizing. And they aren't really very funny: There's the tim...