Ryan Landry has a sharp eye and ear for contemporary foibles, skewering stereotypes and pop culture icons with equal aplomb.
I am probably the last person anyone would see as a hip hop fan, but I walked out of the theater with a new appreciation for the music and the satisfaction of experiencing an old-fashioned coming-of-age story told in a refreshing new way.
“North Shore Fish” introduces, but then glosses over, the potent issues of working class women struggling to support their families in dead-end factory jobs while their fisherman husbands remain out of sight.
“From Denmark with Love” is playwright John J. King’s amusing mash-up of Shakespeare’s Danish tragedy and Ian Fleming’s Secret Agent 007.
“Rapture, Blister, Burn” feels less like an exploration of feminism today than a clever sitcom pilot that won’t be able to sustain its jokes for an entire season.
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s production can’t quite get its arms around all of the varied elements in this exhilarating musical, but some terrific performances make up for other weaknesses.
“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” suggests the dismissive attitude the public has toward African American actors, but the script doesn’t go far enough to make its title character three-dimensional.
Director Liesl Tommy’s unflinching approach gives Lorraine Hansberry’s classic a surprising urgency more than half a century after the drama first played on Broadway.
In Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer prize-winning play “Clybourne Park,” resentment and racism chafe at the thin veneer of polite pleasantries.