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2nd Story’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was such a dramatic indictment of the culture of the time that it was made into a play the very next year, adapted by Dale Wasserman.
Square peg, round hole
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 22, 2013
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2nd Story’s masterful Amadeus

Poor Antonio Salieri. Try as he might to make his compositions sound more Germanic, the Lombardy-born court composer was forever grouped with other Italians in their suspected nefarious cabals.
Music and madness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 01, 2013
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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.
Not-so-simple Simon
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 30, 2012
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2nd Story’s An Inspector Calls

The British drawing room mystery has always been an enjoyable staple of theater, however campy and quaint.
CSI: Bristol
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 16, 2012
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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.
Military precision
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2012
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2nd Story’s communicating Doors

Slammed-door farces are delightful opportunities to unhinge us with laughter.
Ticklish time travel
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2011


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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.
Mastering hysteria
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011
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Theatre that ran the emotional gamut in 2010

We laugh, we cry, we stifle annoyance and look at our watches. Theater performances vary widely in what they attempt and how well they accomplish it.
The human condition
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2010
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The Art of Greed

There’s nothing like a good swindle story, especially when you can trust that, in the end, the bad guys will be collared and the virtuous will be rewarded.
2nd Story's Late Christopher Bean
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2010