By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer There was a time when, upon seeing Waiting for Godot, I would have been awed by the cryptic nature of the play. I guess I was once duly impressed with what I didn’t understand. As if to say, if I don’t “get it,” it must be awesome.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Sappy? A little. Predictable? To a great extent. Simplistic? That, too.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer The dozen or so vignettes included in Almost, Maine possess a common thread.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer There is something so inviting about Suba, the hip new sushi and tapas restaurant in Bixby Knolls.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Cats is a show that’s been around a long time now. And audiences have either loved it for its ingenious choreography that transforms humans into virtual feline impersonators, or they have wondered what all the fuss is about.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Whenever I review farce, I’m compelled to “apologize” for my review with an admission that the genre is my least favorite.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Call me a product of contemporary American culture. I am guilty as charged, as I couldn’t help imagining Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock outsmarting opponent after wily opponent as I watched The Lion in Winter at the Long Beach Playhouse.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Richard Kaye promised his dying father, lyricist Buddy Kaye, that he would see that the elder Kaye’s last work made it to the stage. Knowing of the son’s earnest vow, how could one help wanting When Garbo Talks! to be a great success?
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Boston Marriage is a surprisingly good play. Who would have thought playwright David Mamet could write about women, especially late 19th century New England women? Not I.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Culture Writer Some might feel cheated that the opening joke in The Clean House is uttered in Portuguese.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer On the Verge, playwright Eric Overmyer’s extra-dimensional romp of a Victorian-era discovery tour, seemed largely to perplex its audience. And for good reason, I think.
Trattoria Limone closed last weekend. I shed a tear for this one. Couldn’t help it. I’ll just come out and say it– I loved the place.
By Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer Once you’ve seen ten or twenty murder mysteries, they start to become what I would call “partially predictable.” In the case of Smoke & Mirrors, this is certainly the case. Still, there are stylistic differences that set each of these suspense thrillers apart from the others, making the experience…
By Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer In 16 years of reviewing theater, I’ve given no more than three standing ovations. Well, I stood without hesitation at the conclusion of 1776, Musical Theatre West’s phenomenal musical dramatizing the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A highly entertaining history lesson that follows…
By Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer I sometimes grow weary of characters who “like to hear themselves talk.” And to that extent, The Violet Hour, by no fault of cast or director, bogs down in places. So shame on playwright Richard Greenberg for his self-indulgent dialogue. Still, The Violet Hour has much to appreciate. In…