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Couples run amok in God of Carnage

Not since Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? have theater audiences been treated to such there-but-for-the-grace-of-marriage-counselors relief over their match not being so bad after all.
Uncivilized unions
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2012

Theatre By the Sea’s peppy Drowsy Chaperone

For a party in 1997, some friends tossed together a larky little spoof on musicals, and the eventual result was "A Musical Within a Comedy," as The Drowsy Chaperone likes to call itself.
Musical cheers
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 02, 2011

Review: Theatre By the Sea’s rollicking Hairspray

Rockin' out with a social consciousness — who says we can't have it all? A girl just wants to have fun, while doing her part for integration in 1962 Baltimore.
Dance fever
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 12, 2011

Review: TBTS' Man of La Mancha is ever-optimistic

The musical Man of La Mancha certainly packs in a lot.
The dream is alive
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 01, 2011

Grin and bare it

I don't know what the entertainment high point of your summer has been so far, but if you didn't honeymoon in island breezes or win a lottery, have I got a contender for you.
Center Stage's rollicking The Full Monty
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2010

Semi-scary fun

All girls wanna have is a good scream. At least they did when they were clinging to their dates at B-movie sci-fi horror flicks in the 1950s.
TBTS' Little Shop of Horrors
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2010

Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre by the Sea

Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre by the Sea

A crummy movie can make for a funny musical when all the stars align. Little Shop of Horrors was revitalized when it hit Broadway. The...
By webteam  |  July 06, 2010

Hello, folly!

Hello, Dolly! is an ever-popular musical standard that usually wins audiences over when its flamboyant title character earns her exclamation point. Unfortunately, despite having a Dolly that could charm the whistle off a traffic cop, the current hyperv
Dolly! tries too hard to be a funny girl
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010

A star search is reborn

A Chorus Line is quite a heartfelt love song to musicals and the hoofers in them.
  A classic Chorus Line at Theatre by the Sea
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010
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A royal scam

Admit it — we are all a little perverse. How else to explain the difficulty, unless you are comatose, in not laughing heartily at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , the tale of two con men plying their criminal trade on the French Riviera.
TBTS' terrific Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2009

Always Always Land

The much loved tale of Peter Pan gets a revival on Broadway at least every generation for good reason. Not just because it appeals to kids, which goes without saying, but because it gives grownups a respectable excuse to see it themselves with their own
Theatre by The Sea’s Peter Pan soars
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 21, 2009

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The glory of Blaze

Anyone who likes musicals has to love cabarets, which are Whitman's samplers of humming-in-the-shower favorites. So if you end up taking in one of the shows this summer at Theater by the Sea in Matunuck, you also might be interested in catching the pos
Sabrina shines at Theatre by the Sea's cabaret
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 10, 2009
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Gershwin done right

Crazy for You , the 1992 homage to the Gershwin brothers' 1930 musical Girl Crazy , is rockin' the rafters at Theatre By the Sea (through July 11). Building inspectors are going to have to check out the Matunuck summer barn theater for damage after e
Crazy For You's delightful musical mayhem
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2009
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Frank's way

Musical revues can be like videos of old golf tournaments — endless, amiable tedium interspersed with opportunities to wake up and smile nostalgically. Not so with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra , at least not with this terrific production
Simply Sinatra at Theatre by the Sea
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2009