John Michael Richardson

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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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2011

Earnestly funny

Considering that Alan Ayckbourn may be the most staged living English playwright besides Shakespeare, as some accounts declare, why isn't he produced more often in American theaters?
2nd Story fulfills its Comic Potential
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2010

High society

The current 2nd Story Theatre production — with slit-eyed coaching from the playwright — manages to make the message as familiar as yesterday.  
2nd Story’s hilarious Belle’s Stratagem
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008

A different angle

“That’s what I demand of my actors, that they come in with ideas and work,” Peckham insists. “I’m not interested in someone who stands there and says, ‘What do you want me to do?’"
Mark Peckham directs a ‘scary piece’
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008

High-flying farce

Forced farce is worse than no farce at all, even when you need some badly.
2nd Story’s madcap Flea In Her Ear
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 13, 2007

A boy’s life

Adaptations of the character-packed novels of Charles Dickens should be all the rage in post-MTV theater.
A dizzying run through David Copperfield
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 21, 2006


Wave, goodbye

Who needs snakes on a plane when they infest so many stage families?
2nd Story’s Short Attention Span 3
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 29, 2006