Dan Dwyer is an independent theatre reviewer and radio interview host. His radio show, “Off Script,” is broadcast on NPR affiliate WHDD Robin Hood Radio. Podcasts of his interviews, along with his reviews, are posted on www.offscriptdandwyer.com. Dan’s reviews of Broadway musicals appear translated in “Blickpunkt Musical,” the German magazine of international musical theater. Dan completed a workshop in directing at Yale University in the summer of 2015, and has directed rehearsed readings at the Berkshire Theatre Group. Dan is proprietor of Johnnycake Books, specializing in rare and collectible books, in Salisbury, Connecticut.
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Thursday, 19 Sep 2019 - “Time Stands Still” drills down to what’s most important in life. Nicole Ricciardi directs with an invisible, assured hand.
Friday, 30 Aug 2019 - The Merry Wives of Windsor By William Shakespeare Directed by Kevin G. Coleman The weather gods didn’t bless the late August, midweek evening I attended “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Shakespeare & Company. The Roman Garden Theatre setting, particularly radiant in late summer when the early evening sun has its intense pre-autumn glow, didn’t […]
Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 - If anyone is put off by opera, “Don Pasquale” — written by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti and first performed in 1843 — is Intro to Opera 101.
Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 - Director Regge Life works Parks’ script like a pressure cooker. The pacing is impeccable. Tension mounts; a feeling of violence prevails.
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 - There is a cautionary environmental tale in 'Falls Springs,' and highfalutin moral lessons, too, but it’s all played so broadly, it’s just plain silly.
Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 - An indefatigable Penny Fuller (two Tony Award noms in her career) rises above the material; no matter how weak, she makes it work.
Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 - The trio is superb, finding the rhythms in the naturalistic prose and navigating seamlessly transitions between dream sequences and song.
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - Williamstown Theatre Festival concludes its 2019 season with the best single performance on a Berkshire stage all summer.
Monday, 12 Aug 2019 - Plot details would be spoilers; what “Curve of Departure” is really about is how we negotiate the future unknown.
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 - Director Carey Perloff says the score carried “the ghostly sounds of everything—lust, memory, fear, desire.” That’s nice, but it can’t substitute for those emotions when there’s no drama on the stage.
Wednesday, 7 Aug 2019 - With a plot this rich, expectations for what happens run high, but Act 2, set six months later, sadly disappoints.
Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 - Had I happened on the likes of this story on television, I would have grabbed the remote and changed the channel.
Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - Characters prevail with a splendid trio of Shakespeare & Company veterans, who take on colloquial (and fully comprehensible) English accents.
Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 - In the program’s notes, St. Germain pinpoints the goal: “What works on the page needs to take on its own vivid life on the stage.” Does it? Despite the play’s intelligence, erudition and beautifully crafted language, sadly, not so much.
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - The last numbers of “Working” cut to the bone about what makes work in America uniquely American: the belief that hard work will make it better for the next generation.
Thursday, 18 Jul 2019 - In the most arresting—and prescient—scene in this production, Maggie Antrobus summons, quietly but forcefully, MANkind’s history of injustice to her gender.
REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Time Flies and Other Comedies’ features sophisticated staging, stellar ensemble acting, pitch-perfect direction
Monday, 15 Jul 2019 - Barrington Stage’s selection of six of Ives’ comic one-acts, first staged between 1991 and 2015, is wonderfully curated.
Monday, 8 Jul 2019 - The good news is that the show is chock-a-block-full of over two dozen rock ‘n’ roll classics. The bad news is that there are about 10 instantly forgettable original songs that weigh the show down.
Thursday, 4 Jul 2019 - Some dialogue seems false, too: Would a Black preacher in 1906 use modern mediaspeak like “optics” when describing the appearance of the clergy’s public position on Ota’s captivity? Where’s the dramaturg?
Tuesday, 2 Jul 2019 - Human dignity is what is at the core of Hansberry’s work and most vividly brought home by the moving, wrenching second-act speech of Walter, which summons all the pain of generation after generation of injustice to the African-American male.
Monday, 1 Jul 2019 - My enjoyment of 'Outside Mullingar' surprised me; I gravitate to what I refer to as the three D’s of Irish drama: drink, death and doom.
Thursday, 27 Jun 2019 - Playwright Rose’s view, authentic and passionate though it be, is so relentlessly angry and uniformly cynical that the satire gets suffocated.
Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019 - For those of us who have observed Sharon Playhouse’s up and downs, it can be said that “Crazy for You” is Sharon Playhouse’s moment: here for good and at the top of its game.
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - It’s also ravishingly beautiful with a thoroughly original visual style, and perfectly cast and acted with lyrics articulated with more clarity than I’ve heard before. Director Joe Calarco’s talent lies in heightening the fantasy while preserving the magic.
Sunday, 2 Jun 2019 - Albee doesn’t just cut to the bone; he scrapes when he gets there.
THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Hold These Truths’ at Barrington Stage is beautifully acted, deftly and pointedly directed
Saturday, 1 Jun 2019 - The power of de la Fuente’s impeccably calibrated performance lies in its understatement.
THEATRE REVIEW: Manhattan Theatre Club’s ‘The Cake’ proposes that sugar makes moral medicine go down
Friday, 8 Mar 2019 - “The Cake” isn’t bold or provocative; it’s considered and gentle in confronting political and cultural divisions.
THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s 10×10 New Play Festival an oasis in a bleak, wet Berkshire winter
Friday, 1 Mar 2019 - The 10 10-minute plays, divided by one intermission, feature 10 playwrights who, each with remarkable economy, illuminate some aspect of life—in the everyday, in the home or in the news—as we are living it, like it or not, in this 2019 winter of discontent.
Saturday, 23 Feb 2019 - If you don’t get a lump in your throat in the final scene when the youthful Frank, Charley and Mary sing “Our Time” looking skyward with wonder and wide-eyed innocence at Sputnik in 1957 nighttime sky from a Brooklyn rooftop, you have no heart.
THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Chasing the New White Whale’ at La MaMa uses ‘Moby Dick’ as a metaphor for opioid addiction
Friday, 14 Dec 2018 - The playwright wrote the play in response to the heroin overdose of his brother, who was a fisherman out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, capital of the 19th century’s booming whaling industry.
REVIEW: Range of jazz selections brought new definition to Fisher Center’s ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’
Friday, 9 Nov 2018 - The film’s Expressionistic visual style of odd angular forms and dark shadows fits perfectly with the unexpected, sometimes jarring, contours of jazz, and vice versa.
Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 - The adapted play has been reduced four to two hours and 45 minutes, but its narrative weaknesses get exposed and its shortened length seems endless.