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Jonathan Jacobs

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Mixed Magic’s muddled Life’s a Dream

'Tis a lumbering theatrical beast to try to chain, but billing the old Spanish war horse Life Is a Dream as Life's a Dream is not enough to tame it for modern theatergoers. Mixed Magic Theatre is staging the 1635 classic by Pedro Calderón de la Barc
A sword, but no sorcery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 18, 2011
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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
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Review: Mixed Magic's Art of Attack

Both the first and the last line we hear in Art of Attack , by Asa Merritt, is: "You must take your opponent into a deep, dark forest where two and two are five and the way out is only wide enough for one."
Games people play
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2010
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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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 14, 2010
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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
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Doing the right thing

There are plenty of stories that harken back to a Golden Age, but Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird was different.
2nd Story’s inspiring To Kill a Mockingbird
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2009


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Laugh to keep from crying

Rarely did a play arrive with better timing than You Can't Take It With You , the joyfully optimistic paean to the American spirit that earned its Pulitzer in 1936, when the country was licking the wounds of collective Depression.
Timeless optimism in You Can't Take It With You
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2009
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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
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Triumph of the will

It's easy enough— unavoidable, actually — to admire and be amazed by the accomplishments of Helen Keller, but it took the account by playwright William Gibson for the remarkable work of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, to be so widely appreciated.
2nd Story's stirring Miracle Worker
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2008
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A battling brood

Although Lillian Hellman wrote Another Part of the Forest as a prequel after The Little Foxes , it was by no means an afterthought.  
2nd Story’s stormy Another Part of the Forest
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2008
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Satan's little helpers

Everyone knows that metal is the most evil of all music, what with all those references to the occult, destruction, drinking, the color black, and long hair.
Thrash legends Wargasm only 99 percent pure evil
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 10, 2008


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The circle game

It’s a very funny reminder that laughter can make such absurdity almost worthwhile.
Befuddlement rules in Fuddy Meers
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2008
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Seeing Red

Theatergoers just like to have fun. If you agree with that statement, or at least don’t sputter, you might enjoy 2nd Story Theater’s take on Charles Busch’s Red Scare on Sunset .
2nd Story’s Sunset scares up some laughs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008