DAN DWYER is an independent theatre reviewer and radio interview host. His radio show, OFF SCRIPT, is broadcast on NPR-affiliate WHDD Robin 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 theatre. Dan completed a workshop in directing at Yale in the summer of 2015, and will be directing rehearsed readings at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in August 2017. Dan is proprietor of Johnnycake Books, specializing in rare and collectible books, in Salisbury Connecticut.
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Monday, 16 Jul 2018 - The 90-minute show was packed with about a dozen and half songs, thematically grouped in five sets with some rollicking comedy routines and brash, political commentary in between.
Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 - Sexual liberation — but in the dark? It just plays silly. Why bother? Act 2, too, has some peculiar directorial choices, especially a cringe-inducing routine involving a poster of Mick Jagger.
Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 - The entire performance is mesmerizing. Narration by actor Kathleen Chalfant and original music by Finish composer Kaija Saariaho fit perfectly with the dance.
Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 - A stunning new production that combines a subversive adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s 1950 version with his nearly forgotten, full original score. Enter a “Peter Pan” for the 21st century.
Monday, 9 Jul 2018 - Lady Rizo works a song portfolio from Nina Simone to Leonard Cohen with a set of pipes that would make both Janis Joplin and Donna Summer be sure she never opened for them — she’d be too good.
Friday, 6 Jul 2018 - When it comes to witty and double-entendre rhyming, Sondheim, eat your heart out. Lee Kalcheim’s dialogue is crisp and snappy.
Wednesday, 4 Jul 2018 - If Beane weren’t gay, he probably couldn’t get away with this parody, but that kind of thinking is exactly what Beane is lampooning.
Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018 - The song-and-dance force Amanda Lea LaVergne recalls the pluck of a feisty Debbie Reynolds and the savvy spunk of Ginger Rogers.
THEATRE REVIEW: William Finn’s ‘The Royal Family of Broadway’ a delicious cocktail of musical comedy
Friday, 22 Jun 2018 - “The Royal Family of Broadway” combines a powerhouse of creative talent and a large, top-drawer cast in an impressive, delightfully entertaining world premiere: the best original musical staged in the Berkshires theater scene yet.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - Under the impeccable direction of Darko Tresnjak with a superb cast, there might not be a finer production than what is poignantly achieved at the Hartford Stage.
REVIEW: Wharton’s ‘Roman Fever’ and ‘The Fullness of Life’ at Shakespeare & Co: Sophisticated, incisive
Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 - In both dramatizations, authentic adaptation, uncluttered direction and skillful acting prevail for two acts of sophisticated storytelling.
Monday, 21 Aug 2017 - COMPANY is always like an entertaining evening in the company of good friends. And that’s true of Barrington Stage’s version for both Sondheim aficionados and initiates alike.
Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 - SOME OLD BLACK MAN acknowledges the political past in a unique way, but never waivers from being a deeply moving, personal tale of father-son reconciliation. There should be more new plays as fine as this.
Tuesday, 8 Aug 2017 - Despite Sharon Playhouse’s ambition to do something different with a classic musical, it fails to dramatize what’s at the core of Meredith Willson’s text – a universal tale of fulfilling a dream.
Thursday, 3 Aug 2017 - "At Home at the Zoo" at Berkshire Theatre Group combines text, direction and acting that make real theatre real, the kind of dramatic wholeness people in theatre aspire to but seldom achieve as well as here.
Saturday, 29 Jul 2017 - With more action in props rather than plot or character, notions of gender, class, sexuality, freedom, race, equality get tossed around with no dramatic effect.
Friday, 21 Jul 2017 - This P&P is blissful mirth -- a special potion of affectionate, bemused cynicism and realistic optimism about human nature.
Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 - As an enthusiastic admirer of Caryl Churchill’s works, at least I can say I’ve now seen FAR AWAY but regrettably I don't think the way Churchill intended.
Saturday, 8 Jul 2017 - Credit to director Kristen van Ginhoven who keeps action apace, while preserving enigma of plot and characters.
Wednesday, 5 Jul 2017 - The powerhouses of BSC’s RAGTIME -- among a uniformly, vocally exceptional, large cast (20 adults) -- are African-American.
Monday, 3 Jul 2017 - Tony- winning director Kenny Leon is giving a master class in how to enhance the work of a playwright in this splendid, poetic revitalization.
Monday, 3 Jul 2017 - Can human trust overcome animal instinct? What happens when nature revenges what man has created?
Friday, 23 Jun 2017 - “4000 Miles” is a little gem that gently reminds us that it’s possible to make connection small and large for life to have meaning. Herzog tells that through old-fashioned basics like real characters and solid storytelling.
Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 - It's a wonder how the Unicorn can hold all that energy and talent on its tiny stage and all the love for rock 'n’ roll that overflows into its 122-seat theater.