Sam Babbitt

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Review: The Gamm's Torture is front-loaded

Black humor sure is better than no humor at all. What do you do with the disproved defenses of torture besides get angry?
Rights and wrongs
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2011

Review: Gamm Theatre stages Glengarry Glen Ross

As a playwright, David Mamet is tritely, inaccurately, and frequently accused of being a misogynist. But the evidence of his 1982 Glengarry Glen Ross indicates quite the opposite.
Leading men
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2010

Classic drama

Theater classics are at a significant disadvantage: overfamiliarity.
The Gamm’s masterful Glass Menagerie
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2010

Brilliant and infuriating

Shakespeare didn’t slow dance when he wrote Romeo and Juliet — he went for the essence of impetuous young love like a brisk waltz.
The Gamm’s conflicted Romeo and Juliet
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2009

Review: Awake and Sing!

Written at the beginning of the Depression, Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing! sounds from its title like a paean to American exuberance and chest-thumping optimism.
Out of time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009

Living histories

Political intrigue, parallels to today’s electoral brouhaha, and reminders of historical warnings, all presented in dignified but unpretentious blank verse cadences.
The Gamm stages a remarkably timely Don Carlos
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 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

Sin and forgiveness

Theater is always trying to impress us by heightening reality, one way or another.
A Cardinal Deposed at Gamm
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 27, 2007

Abuse and power

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, the four one-act plays at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is not for the squeamish, but not in the way you think.
The Gamm's timely and troubling Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 30, 2007