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Sour and dour souls

Some people are brittle and dry as tinder, but they don't have the sense to not play with matches. The two women at the dangerous center of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane could blaze up at any moment, and we know that one or both will
The Gamm's 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 10, 2013

The Gamm’s absorbing The Real Thing

How many words do the Inuit have for snow?
Words of love
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 22, 2013

The Gamm's masterful Doll's House

There have been other plays well worth seeing this season, but nothing like this masterpiece at the Gamm. And I don't mainly mean the classic by Henrik Ibsen itself, since A Doll's House in shaky hands can come across as shrill and lesson-laden.
A matter of trust
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2011

Talking ’bout a revolution

It takes a theatrical genius like Tom Stoppard to come up with Rock ’n’ Roll, which merges the pulsing spirit of both until they feel like one. And it takes a theater of the caliber of the Gamm to make history feel like a Stones concert that becomes a po
 The Gamm’s life-affirming Rock ’n’ Roll
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2010

Best of the Bard

The Comedy of Errors ? Ha. The Merry Wives of Windsor ? Ha; ha.
The Gamm’s masterful Much Ado About Nothing
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 25, 2009
scarlet list

An awkward adaptation

Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much. That overworked muscle can be haplessly generous or slammed-door shut. Nathaniel Hawthorne's mid-19th century novel The Scarlet Letter still stands as a perceptive examination of th
Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2009


Power play(1)

At this time of renewed political idealism in the country, director Judith Swift has labeled the London setting of An Ideal Husband , at the Gamm through December 7, as "inspired by the 19th century, set in the 20th century, reflected in the 21st centu
The Gamm's An Ideal Husband
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008

Anything but tame

Director Peter Sampieri and an ace troupe are mounting a slam-bang production of the comedy that sparkles with originality and resolves a feminist objection to the play that we can assume is older than the play itself.
A smart take on Shakespeare’s Shrew
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008

What is normal?

The Gamm has done it again, giving us a performance not to be missed.
The Gamm's moving Elephant Man
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2007

Tongue untied

Robert Frost, loving his little rhymes, once compared writing free verse to playing tennis without a net. Playwright David Hirson might very well enjoy swinging a racket in shackles, considering the fun he’s had composing La Bête entirely in rhymed co
The Gamm’s delightful La Bête
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 23, 2006


The more things change, the more that people and their flaws can be seen to stay the same.
The Gamm’s splendid Top Girls
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 29, 2006