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Who is Sylvia?
Lost in Yonkers
Fools in love
Taking place on the hot Louisiana Gulf Coast, Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo is steamy in more than one way, as human passions boil off repressed emotions.
Tennessee Williams's 'The Rose Tattoo' at 2nd Story
| May 10, 2013
2nd Story’s affecting Lost In Yonkers
Write about what you know is one of the first admonitions given to rookie writers, and few have heeded it better than Neil Simon.
| November 30, 2012
Unusual soulmates in 2nd Story’s The Goat
Edward Albee has always managed to drill deeply into the human heart and not stop until he gets a gusher, never more so than in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
| October 05, 2012
Sabrina charms at 2nd Story
With their usual flair, 2nd Story Theatre is staging Sabrina Fair , the 1953 light romance by Samuel A. Taylor that provided the template for the film adaptation titled Sabrina .
| August 17, 2012
Moody mind games in 2nd Story’s Rebecca
The indoor equivalent to summertime beach reading is the stage melodrama.
| July 13, 2012
2nd Story’s’ masterful A Few Good Men
Wow. A Few Good Men may take place in a courtroom rather than on a battlefield, but you wouldn't know that from the psychological carnage explosively inflicted.
| June 08, 2012
2nd Story’s uproarious Sister act
Pity the poor nun. The hours are terrible, she's the butt of penguin jokes, and most people have gotten their impression of her from old movies.
| May 04, 2012
2nd Story’s riveting August: Osage County
Considering that the play begins and ends with depressing quotes by T.S. Eliot, Tracy Letts's August: Osage County is remarkably fun-filled.
Truth and consequences
| March 16, 2012
2nd Story’s Take Me Out
Ironic, isn't it? To your ordinary man in the street or workplace, masculinity usually isn't an issue. Yet macho scale rankings readily come up in professional sports, where prowess should be enough evidence of testosterone levels.
A dramatic grand slam
| January 27, 2012
A decidedly dramatic year (with a bit of comic relief)
This has been a good year for theater around here, from the reprise of a "Were you there when . . .?" rendition of a Shakespeare classic to a sprinkling of notable original productions.
| December 23, 2011
2nd Story serves a pair of frisky farces
How generous. With its latest production, 2nd Story Theatre is giving us a hilarious double feature.
| December 02, 2011
2nd Story’s inspiring Little Women
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is so beloved a morsel of American literary optimism that it would be hard to do badly with an adaptation of the 1868 novel. And there have been numerous ones, from films to an opera and a musical.
Timeless acts of kindness
| November 25, 2011
2nd Story’s communicating Doors
Slammed-door farces are delightful opportunities to unhinge us with laughter.
Ticklish time travel
| October 07, 2011
Crist shines in 2nd Story’s Master Class
Self-centeredness, tunnel vision, career obsession — these are not traits that endear us to a person. Yet without them, as Terrence McNally's absorbing Master Class makes clear, Maria Callas would not have attained her ranking as a renowned opera diva
All the right notes
| September 02, 2011
Review: 2nd Story's spirited Speech & Debate
Considering the dark core at the center of Speech & Debate — a sexual predator — it might seem incongruous that Steven Karam's celebrated play is hilarious. But at 2nd Story Theatre, that dark cloud doesn't inhibit the sunshine as three intrepid h
| July 15, 2011
Review: 2nd Story's hilarious Vibrator Play
Women certainly had plenty to be hysterical about toward the end of the 19th century, a time when Thomas Edison's technological advances were shining on the culture.
| May 13, 2011
Review: 2nd Story's uproarious The Good Doctor
Neil Simon may not be the most subtle of playwrights, too often tempted beyond endurance to go for the gag at the expense of motivation.
When Neil met Anton
| April 01, 2011
Review: 2nd Story's Beck Shaw is engaging
It's fascinating to watch what people put themselves through to insulate themselves from what they put themselves through through other people. Got that?
| February 04, 2011
Winter theatre preview: From the Bard to Becky Shaw
From the latest Pulitzer winner for drama to a musical adaptation of a popular board game, and from the Bard to Becky Shaw, Rhode Island theaters are certainly starting 2011 with varied offerings.
Gionfriddo, Synge, Ibsen, and more
| December 31, 2010
Review: 2nd Story's spirited School For Wives
With increasing delight, we knew what was ahead for us when Tom Roberts, in whiteface and rosy cheeks, gave the 2nd Story Theatre audience their customary instructions in verse: "If at intermission you phone, text or tweet/ please turn it off when you
The mating game
| November 26, 2010
The School For Wives at 2nd Story Theatre
If you don't want someone messing with your baby, you've got to treat your baby right, tell your baby about your needs. A certain edifi-ca-tion...
| November 22, 2010
Review: 2nd Story's darkly funny Kimberly Akimbo
Ironic, isn't it, how in the theater less can be so much more? Digital derring-do may have turned Brad Pitt into an aging Benjamin Button on film, but that's lazy trickery next to what's accomplished in David Lindsay-Adaire's Kimberly Akimbo , now ons
Quickly aging here
| October 15, 2010
Kimberly Akimbo at 2nd Story Theatre
A young girl is afflicted with a disease that makes her age four-and-a-half times faster than normal folks. So when she turns 16, she just...
| September 21, 2010
Fall Theater Preview: Musicals and more
If we've come to know anything about 2nd Story Theatre, it's that we shouldn't presume to know what plays to expect.
Belting it out and acting up
| September 17, 2010
Found in translation
The Foreigner , by Larry Shue, holds a special place in the muscle memory of my smiles and in my fond recollections of the early days of 2nd Story Theatre, which is staging it through September 5.
2nd Story's The Foreigner is delightful
| August 20, 2010
The Foreigner with 2nd Story Theatre
2nd Story Theatre has a way with comedies, no doubt. And the chuckles that are written into The Foreigner would seem to be just their...
| August 17, 2010
Sidney Howard's "The Late Christopher Bean" at the 2nd Story Theatre
The old country mouse/city mouse dynamic remains rich with possibilities; the way folks act in each environment couldn't be more different. Playwright Sidney Howard knows...
| June 29, 2010
Between the deep-rooted American penchant for individualism and the suffragette and feminist movements, poet Emily Dickinson was bound to enter the literary canon.
The Belle of Amherst is a moving experience
| June 11, 2010
Hot and bothered
Shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater and you get one response. Shout “Die Hose!” (women’s undies) in a German theater back in 1911 and you got another kind of uproar.
2nd Story’s hilarious Underpants
| May 14, 2010
The con goes on
David Mamet has always had a professional fascination with confidence men who pretend to be businessmen.
2nd Story’s The Voysey Inheritance
| April 02, 2010
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