Cheryl McMahon is quietly spectacular as Ida, who tries desperately to conceal her cognitive decline behind a wall of egocentric cheerfulness that borders on the frantic.
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
The Lyric Stage Company’s The Little Foxes is taut, tense, and eerily reflective of our own uneasy, pernicious times.
Whether or not you’re familiar with Elizabeth Bishop or Robert Lowell, their worlds or their poetry, you should hasten to this show.
To darken a story that already hinges on rape, murder, and cannibalism takes some doing, but the edgy Lyric Stage production pulls it off.
Director Scott Edmiston’s carefully staged production generates sympathy chiefly because of some deft acting rather than the writing.
“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.
The chief glory of the Lyric Stage production: an ensemble of eight actors that agilely accents the humor dramatist Lynn Nottage utilizes to temper her examination of the darker racial and political subtexts of the period.
The Lyric Stage actors and pianist Catherine Stornetta do an excellent job making all of “33 Variations” intelligible and, sometimes, very funny.
The well sung, classically staged Lyric Stage production of “The Mikado” supplies plenty of trip down memory lane satisfactions.