Joan Batting

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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

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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010

The Front Page

The Front Page 's timeless fun at 2nd Story
Breaking news: timeless fun at 2nd Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2009

Summer stock

The 2nd Story troupe roasts all of the chestnuts here in fine style, clichéd characters deliciously recognizable.  
The pleasantly diverting Beaux’ Strategem
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2008

Auntie dearest

America has always been in love with colorful, charismatic, high-powered women — it’s just been reluctant to vote them into higher office.
2nd Story’s zesty take on Mame  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2006