Liz on Theatre

October 15, 2018

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse By LIZ KEILL CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along ...

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‘The Color Purple’ flashes by with verve at Paper Mill By Liz Keill MILLBURN, NJ – This Tony-award winning musical caught audiences up in its stunning story of African American life in the deep south over a 40 year period, from 1909 until 1949. Based in the novel by Alice Walker and a ...

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‘Dead and Buried’ explores parent/child loss By Liz Keill SUMMIT, NJ – Nothing is as it seems and how much is really resolved remains a mystery in the drama “Dead and Buried” by James McLindon. Three actors keep the play moving, with touches of humor and some emotional outbursts, despite ...

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‘Buried Child’ draws on chilling family secrets via Shepard By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – The dysfunctional family, with its dark, disturbing secrets, is at the heart of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child.”  The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents a taut, insightful production, under the ...

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‘Age of Innocence’ captures Wharton’s 1870’s New York By LIZ KEILL PRINCETON, NJ – Leave it to author Edith Wharton to decode the lives of staid, wealthy New Yorkers as she does so hauntingly in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Age of Innocence.” Douglas McGrath adapted the novel for ...

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‘Brick City’ takes journey through high school angst By LIZ KEILL UNION, NJ – Premiere Stages at Kean University presents a new play by Nicole Pandolfo. “Brick City” is an exploration of two seniors in high school and their search for meaningful lives, while their teacher/mentor, Veronica, is ...

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Glimmerglass Opera offers range of shimmering productions, traditional to innovative By Liz Keill COOPERSTOWN, NY – Whether it’s rain or shine, high humidity or a downpour, the world is magical on the stage of Glimmerglass Opera, near Otsego Lake, just north of Cooperstown, NY. Yes, the ...

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‘Blithe Spirit’ sparkles with elegance and wit at Shakespeare Theatre By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – There’s no one quite like Noel Coward for flair and sophistication, as talented actors deliver bon mots and clever, cutting comebacks, often while swirling martinis. And so it goes with “Blithe ...

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‘Titus Andronicus’ roars with bloody revenge at Shakespeare Theatre By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – “Titus Andronicus,’ considered one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest, torture-filled plays, nevertheless receives a spellbinding production at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Tautly directed by ...

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Teenage bullying, cyber and otherwise, takes its toll in ‘Linger’ By LIZ KEILL UNION, NJ – Craig Garcia’s stirring, heartbreaking play “Linger” opened at Premiere Stages this past weekend. The playwright struck a nerve with this intense family drama, the incalculable damage done in this ...

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