September 29, 1998 |
If Agatha Christie had known when she signed over the royalties from "The Mousetrap" to her nephew to help pay for his college education that the play still would be running in London a half-century later, she might have had second thoughts. Then again, perhaps not. She loved the unexpected. That love is obvious in all her work, especially in "Mousetrap," now playing at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, a play in which nothing is as it seems, and no one is who he or she appears to be.
April 9, 1998 |
Very rarely does a novelist dramatize his work for the stage, but John Steinbeck's adaptation of the short novel that made him famous opened on Broadway not long after "Of Mice and Men" was published. The play, in a revival at Newport Theatre Arts Center, is still as strong as the book it was based on. Few could capture the pain of the disenfranchised man during the Great Depression like Steinbeck.
November 26, 1997 |
It's hate at first sight for the would-be sweethearts, and the course of true love never runs smooth for any of the other characters, either. So what makes "She Loves Me" so winningly romantic? Well, perhaps its depiction of a relationship that's a little closer to reality than all of those stories about love at first sight. And, perhaps, because victory is all the sweeter when it is hard-won.
February 26, 1997 |
Arthur Miller's "The Price" is an interesting play at best. Miller is one of those playwrights who seems for the most part stuck in the emotional turmoil of his youth, and this play does allow him to pull out some of his old favorite stock situations and characters. There are the brothers holding a grudge, still fighting for supremacy in the family unit. There is the disgruntled wife angry at a life wasted.
January 15, 1997 |
If you want to make your own musical today, the conventional wisdom goes, think twice--then think again. Everything from time to money to commercial taste to sheer luck conspires against the new musical. A new book by former Times theater writer Barbara Isenberg on the making of the Broadway disaster "Big" explains why.
June 12, 1996 |
Especially in an award-winning musical such as "1776," which Larry Watts has directed at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, humor should derive naturally from character. Not so with a number of these performers, some of whom seem to think that posing and mugging are acting, and most of whom are playing the period rather than existing in the period.