NEW YORK — During a recent weekend in New York, we were fortunate to see a “hot ticket” Broadway show, “The Heiress,” a revival of the 1947 drama, its popular success now due to current star power with Dan Stevens, Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in the lead roles.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — Okoboji Summer Theatre (OST) scores a big hit this week: “Beau Jest” by James Sherman, a comedy with heart, humor and well-developed characterizations, which enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run for more than two years. The OST cast of six is almost perfect in every way, and the action moves along smoothly to a satisfying climax in under two hours. The people of this play seem as real as our families and friends although situations of our own may be quite different.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — Okoboji Summer Theater has chosen a blockbuster as its season’s final production. Its performance of “Beauty and the Beast” crackles with energy and showcases a fine troupe of singers and dancers.
Based on a French fable, the stage version of “Beauty and the Beast” was preceded by Disney’s animated movie version, released in 1991.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — Samuel Johnson, 18th century essayist, poet and moralist, once wrote: “Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.” “Company,” winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Broadway Musical and currently playing at Okoboji Theatre, makes a similar observation.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — “The Fantasticks” ran almost forever in New York theaters, both on and off-Broadway, from 1960 to 2002, and then, after all those years, Broadway revived it. It’s never stopped playing all over the world; now it’s returned to Okoboji to open the Okoboji Summer Theatre’s 2010 season.
MINNEAPOLIS —Currently Guthrie Theater is presenting a sparkling revival of Oscar Wilde’s classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” first produced in England (1895.) The matinee we attended had a full house, and the audience showed its enthusiasm from opening scene to the finale.
MINNEAPOLIS — Although the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is best known as the place to see Shakespeare and classic drama, Guthrie also knows exactly how to stage a perfect comedy. The current “When We Are Married” by British playwright J.B. Priestley (continuing through Aug. 30) is probably my all-time favorite of various comedies I’ve seen there over the years.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — The 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Proof,” currently at Okoboji Theatre, deals with the difficult-to-understand subject of mathematical theories. But we don’t need to know much about math in order to appreciate this story of a genius whose daughter may have inherited his same talent with numbers.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — “George Washington may have slept here, but Martha wasn’t a very good housekeeper.” That’s what Okoboji Theatre’s Emily Quartaro says when she first sees the house her husband has bought for her as a surprise.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — We drove to Okoboji during a heavy rainstorm Tuesday night, and a deer crossed right in front of our car en route home, but still the trip to Okoboji Summer Theatre was worthwhile. We saw a charming play, “What I Did Last Summer,” featuring an excellent cast.
OKOBOJI, Iowa — Playwright Neil Simon has long been known as the master of the comic one-liner. Toward the latter part of his highly successful career, which spanned about 30 years, his plays took on a more serious approach when he blended emotional scenes and stronger characterizations with comedic elements.
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