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THE WIZARD OF OZ THE WIZARD OF OZ
Original story by L. Frank Baum Music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Presented by Plaza Theatre Company
Runs through 3/7/2015

Reviewed by Angela Newby,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz, on TV, and was always enthralled with the magical Land of Oz. I might even admit to having dressed up a time or two as Dorothy, red sparkly shoes and all. I was thrilled to hear that Plaza Theatre Company was bringing this beloved movie to the stage, and I was not disappointed by their production.

The Wizard of Oz was first turned into a musical extravaganza by author L. Frank Baum himself in 1902. It debuted in Chicago and was a success on Broadway the following year. It then toured for nine years. MGM Studios’ rendition bore a closer resemblance to the novel in 1939 and won Academy Awards for Best Song and Score. There have been ...

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MY NAME IS ASHER LEV MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
by Aaron Posner Based on the novel by Chaim Potok
Presented by Circle Theatre
Runs through 3/7/2015

Reviewed by Charlie Bowles,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

If you’re an artist, are you willing to suffer and sacrifice for your art? This is a question artists struggle with and the answers are difficult.

Asher Lev wants to be an artist. He’s willing to fight his Hasidic family and cultural heritage to make it happen. What he believes goes against his life’s teachings and consumes him for decades. What is a reasonable price for artistic vision and the full expression of what you believe?

That Asher Lev’s life parallels author Chaim Potok’s is not lost on his readers. Potok’s writing expressed the experience of Jewish life in Brooklyn as few others could, though he was Orthodox, not Hasidic. With stories like The Chosen and The Promise, the writer and painter who eventually became a Rabbi, made Jewish struggles for daily life ...

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MISS EVERS' BOYS MISS EVERS' BOYS
by David Feldshuh
Presented by African American Repertory Theater
Runs through 3/8/2015

Reviewed by Elaine Plybon,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

Between the years 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Government was involved in a study that involved African American men who had syphilis. The men were unaware of the full purpose of the study, and researchers withheld treatment from them even after a cure was found in the early 1940s. Miss Evers’ Boys, the play on the subject penned by David Feldshuh, weaves a story that both informs and evokes emotion from its audience.

Though inspired by actual events, the characters and events in the play are fictional. Feldshuh, who is also a practicing doctor, allows glimpses into the men’s lives and what it might have been like to be involved in the study. Feldshuh earned a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize for the play in 1992 and the subsequent made-for-TV movie ...

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KINKY BOOTS (National Tour) KINKY BOOTS (National Tour)
Book by Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals
Runs through 3/8/2015

Reviewed by John Garcia,
Senior Chief Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

As an actor, I had the esteemed honor to be part of the cast for the regional premiere of the musical PAGEANT. Then several years later I did that production again, in a different role. On my bucket list of “dream roles” (as all actors have), I finally got to perform one of those roles on the list, which was Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. What do they have in common? High heels! These were the only two shows where I portrayed characters in drag and wore heels! Oye, those *&!$ pumps! Just typing that reminds me of the pain of wearing those high heels. I know they had to be created by some S&M freak years ago!

Drag has really taken off in the last couple of years. TV shows ...

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OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY
by Jerry Sterner
Presented by Rover Dramawerks
Runs through 3/14/2015

Reviewed by Angela Newby,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

How far will you go to fight for what you believe? Other People’s Money examines that question, as a failing business fights against a hostile takeover. In this 1989 play by Jerry Sterner, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, the audience gets to judge if a corporate raider is evil or just a realist.

Rover Dramawerks gives a profound performance through an emotional journey for a small Rhode Island town that eventually gets what it wants.

Paul McKenzie’s clever set design easily distinguished between a small factory office and an executive office in New York City. Andrew Jorgenson’s office was unobtrusive and simply decorated with rotary-dial phone, a comfortable leather chair and heavy wooden desk. On the other hand, Lawrence ...

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THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE

Presented by Stage West
Runs through 3/22/2015

Reviewed by Charlie Bowles,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

“Mr. Watson. Come here. I want to see you.” Such words began a revolution which resulted in an explosion of human communications. But Mr. Thomas Watson himself, the recipient of that first phone call by Alexander Graham Bell, remembers it differently. “Mr. Watson. Come here. I want you.” Well, such are the details of grand mysteries. You might chalk it up to the fact that Mr. Watson was second fiddle, though his engineering expertise enabled Bell to solve the problems made the phone work.

Second fiddles are prevalent in history. Dr. John Watson was second to Sherlock Holmes but, of course, both were conjured by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Second fiddle has its challenges even among the literary elite.

There are other great Watsons in history. Thomas J. Watson, Sr. and Jr., were ...

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