Monday, July 22, 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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Theatre Review: ‘Anything Goes’ at Sharon Playhouse is irresistible fun

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

“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.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘A Lesson From Aloes’ at Hartford Stage, subtle and powerful

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

In both dramatizations, authentic adaptation, uncluttered direction and skillful acting prevail for two acts of sophisticated storytelling.

REVIEW: Barrington Stage’s ‘Company’ – always good even when it’s not great

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.

REVIEW: ‘Some Old Black Man’ is best original new play this season

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. 

Sharon Playhouse’s ‘The Music Man’: A crying shame

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.

REVIEW: BTG’s ‘At Home at the Zoo’ enhances, honors Albee’s text

"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.

THEATRE REVIEW: A disappointing ‘Intimate Apparel’ at Shakespeare & Co.

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.

THEATRE: Bells are ringing in ‘Pride & Prejudice’

This P&P is blissful mirth -- a special potion of affectionate, bemused cynicism and realistic optimism about human nature.

‘Far Away’ at Sharon Playhouse (1): An inarticulate dystopia

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.

Theatre Review: ‘I and You’ at Chester Theatre is a gem

Credit to director Kristen van Ginhoven who keeps action apace, while preserving enigma of plot and characters.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Ragtime’ then, ‘Ragtime’ now – at Barrington Stage

The powerhouses of BSC’s RAGTIME -- among a uniformly, vocally exceptional, large cast (20 adults) -- are African-American.

THEATRE REVIEW: At Fitzpatrick Main Stage ‘Children of a Lesser God’ is a ‘testament to tolerance’

Tony- winning director Kenny Leon is giving a master class in how to enhance the work of a playwright in this splendid, poetic revitalization.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Birds’ at Barrington Stage doesn’t fly

Can human trust overcome animal instinct? What happens when nature revenges what man has created?

THEATRE REVIEW: Amy Herzog’s ‘4000 Miles’ at Shake & Co. is a gem

“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.
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