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From Venice to Memphis to Avenue Q: Looking back on local theatre in 2012

Let's not fight. You might like only Shakespeare and restoration comedies, and I might take pride in seeing Cats 99 times.
Curtain call
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 21, 2012

The Gamm’s Circle Mirror Transformation

It could be called the water cooler effect: casual contacts among unlike people, repeated often enough, can lead to unlikely friendships.
Real-life role playing
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2011

Review: The Gamm's Paul examines the power of faith

Looking at Christianity objectively, historically, can appear to be critical, since religion is a matter of faith.
True believer
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2011

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

Review: The Gamm's Child's Christmas in Wales

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is presenting Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales , always a good idea at this time of year. This expanded version of the 2003 adaptation by artistic director Tony Estrella incorporates fragments of other works
Thomas's tales
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 17, 2010

Gamm's Mauritius gets a stamp of semi-approval

The very idea of spinning a tale of suspense and high drama over stamp collecting is comical, so Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius is certainly funny. The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre is staging it through November 21, directed by Rachel Walshe.
Unsuspended disbelief
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2010


Fall Theater Preview: Musicals and more

If we've come to know anything about 2nd Story Theatre, it's that we shouldn't presume to know what plays to expect.
Belting it out and acting up
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010

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

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

The torment within

In dramatic terms, it doesn't really matter whether the female protagonist of 4:48 Psychosis commits suicide at the end of the play.
The Gamm’s intense 4:48 Psychosis
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2010

Cries and whispers

Mental illness is a touchy subject, one that needs to be handled sensitively on stage or not at all.
The Gamm finds the balance in 4:48 Psychosis
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 15, 2010


Hearts and souls (and laughs too)

It's been a good year for theater around here — an ingeniously roasted dramatic chestnut here, a new and safely landed flight of fancy there. Below are 10 productions that particularly stood out.
The 10 best theater productions of 2009
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009

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

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

Ideas and emotions

Grace takes place in the recent memories of the title character as well as in her difficult present. The basic concern here, which nags her like a toothache, is the non-existence of the divine.
The Gamm delivers Grace at a fever pitch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 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

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