Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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Dan Dwyer

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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REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘If I Forget’ sophisticated but only half way there

With a plot this rich, expectations for what happens run high, but Act 2, set six months later, sadly disappoints.

REVIEW: WTF’s ‘Tell Me I’m Not Crazy’ is unfunny television fare

Had I happened on the likes of this story on television, I would have grabbed the remote and changed the channel.

REVIEW: Shake & Co’s ‘The Children’ is engrossing and disarming

Characters prevail with a splendid trio of Shakespeare & Company veterans, who take on colloquial (and fully comprehensible) English accents.

REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Gertrude and Claudius’ would benefit from more drama, chemistry

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.

REVIEW: BTG’s ‘Working’ an unflinching, eloquent, poignant picture of America

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.

THEATRE REVIEW: Women rule in BTG’s ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

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

Barrington Stage’s selection of six of Ives’ comic one-acts, first staged between 1991 and 2015, is wonderfully curated.

REVIEW: WTF’s ‘A Human Being, of a Sort’ is ultimately lifeless

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?

REVIEW: WTF’s ‘A Raisin in the ‘Sun’ features political subtext, interesting directorial choices

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.

REVIEW: BTG’s ‘Outside Mullingar’ is a blessed respite with a marvelous cast

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.

REVIEW: ‘Barrington Stage’s ‘America v. 2.1’ lets politics get in the way of character

Playwright Rose’s view, authentic and passionate though it be, is so relentlessly angry and uniformly cynical that the satire gets suffocated.

REVIEW: Sharon Playhouse’s totally charming ‘Crazy for You’ is a gift

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.

REVIEW: ‘Into the Woods’ at Barrington Stage is totally entrancing

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.

THEATRE REVIEW: BTG’s ‘The Goat’ explores the boundaries of moral code

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

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

“The Cake” isn’t bold or provocative; it’s considered and gentle in confronting political and cultural divisions.
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