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Sour and dour souls

Some people are brittle and dry as tinder, but they don't have the sense to not play with matches. The two women at the dangerous center of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane could blaze up at any moment, and we know that one or both will
The Gamm's 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 10, 2013

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 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

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

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

Parlor games

The 19th-century practice of the lesbian “Boston marriage” was packed with enough human urgency and necessary social hypocrisy to supply any number of plays.
Gamm’s Boston Marriage is a ticklish toss-off
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008

Christmas cheers

Both mini-plays are stirring up non-stop giggles and guffaws at the Gamm.
Huzzahs for Gamm’s Santaland and Greetings
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2007

What is normal?

The Gamm has done it again, giving us a performance not to be missed.
The Gamm's moving Elephant Man
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2007

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


Ho-ho woes

The humor of David Sedaris is infectious because it comes out so naturally, like a hacking cough that he’s worried about but is trying to make light of.
David Sedaris’s seasonal satire at the Gamm
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2006

Peace and war

War. What is it good for? More than absolutely nothing, the indomitable title character of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children would contend.
Gamm’s compelling Mother Courage  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2006


The more things change, the more that people and their flaws can be seen to stay the same.
The Gamm’s splendid Top Girls
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 29, 2006