The Gamm Theatre http://ripr.org en The Gamm's "Blackbird" Takes A Tough Look At Molestation http://ripr.org/post/gamms-blackbird-takes-tough-look-molestation <p></p><p>Yes, “Blackbird,” by Scottish author David Harrower, is a toughie. There’s no way around but to say that it focuses intimately, deeply on child molestation. It considers who was involved. It asks if whether both of its main characters – a middle aged man and a 12-year-old girl -- did not each suffer greatly. And, most tellingly, it offers no solutions.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 08:17:00 +0000 Bill Gale 33160 at http://ripr.org The Gamm's "Blackbird" Takes A Tough Look At Molestation The Gamm’s Macbeth Is A Big Bang Production http://ripr.org/post/gamm-s-macbeth-big-bang-production <p></p><p>Well, that’s right. Filled with shouting, drumming and blood, blood, blood, this Macbeth is a fearsome production. Director Fred Sullivan Jr. has missed no chance to put a point right under your nose, and into your ears.&nbsp; Drums pound, soldiers shout and women weep.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Bill Gale 31503 at http://ripr.org The Gamm’s Macbeth Is A Big Bang Production The Gamm’s “The Big Meal” Is Satisfying http://ripr.org/post/gamm-s-big-meal-satisfying <p></p><p>In an interview concerning the New York production of “The Big Meal” the 33- year-old author, Dan LeFranc, makes a point of saying that his own growing up saw, quote, “lots of support but also a ton of friction and fear.” &nbsp;And that was “critical in making me the kind of writer and person I am today,” he added.</p><p>Well, that would be a guy who has sharp instincts both for the jugular and the heart. “The Big Meal” checks out those eight folks in all kinds of ways.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:01:05 +0000 Bill Gale 27687 at http://ripr.org The Gamm’s “The Big Meal” Is Satisfying Gamm’s “Good People” Nothing Less Than Sizzling http://ripr.org/post/gamm-s-good-people-nothing-less-sizzling <p></p><p>Well, I don’t want to go overboard here. But “Good People” is just nothing less than a sizzling comedy with a real life message. It’s delicious, deep, delightful, and just plain dandy.</p><p>Directed with fire and feeling by Rachel Walshe, the production will have you laughing out loud and holding your breath as the characters reveal themselves.</p><p>Led by a splendid Janine Kane, the acting is as good as you’re liable to see anywhere. The sets and the goofy, great costumes add a lot, too.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:31:00 +0000 Bill Gale 25077 at http://ripr.org Gamm’s “Good People” Nothing Less Than Sizzling The Gamm’s Season Opener is a Clunker http://ripr.org/post/gamm-s-season-opener-clunker <div class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper placed_wide look2" contenteditable="false"><div attribution="Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre" caption="Casey Seymour Kim and Alexander Platt in &quot;Far Away&quot; by Caryl Churchill, directed by Tony Estrella. " class="wysiwyg-asset-image" fid="5551" image_style="placed_wide" uri="public://201309/GAMM_FAR_AWAY_BY_PETER_GOLDBERG.jpg" contenteditable="false"><img alt="" class="pi_assets-image" src="/sites/wrni/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201309/GAMM_FAR_AWAY_BY_PETER_GOLDBERG.jpg"><div class="image-meta-wrapper"><div class="cp-si-credit">Cr Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:27:00 +0000 Bill Gale 21875 at http://ripr.org Theatre by the Sea’s “La Cage” is a Winner http://ripr.org/post/theatre-sea-s-la-cage-winner <p></p><p>Okay, full disclosure. I have a major soft spot for “La Cage.” Ever since I was one of the many who stood and cheered at the end of the 1983 pre-Broadway tryout at Boston’s Colonial Theatre I’ve wanted “La Cage” to succeed wherever it plays.</p><p>And it’s not just the crisp score by Jerry Herman or the pungent humor of Harvey Fierstein’s lyrics. It is truly the message of becoming a decent human being and knowing who you are, and why, that’s allowed me to love “La Cage” over the years.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:38:00 +0000 Bill Gale 20424 at http://ripr.org Theatre by the Sea’s “La Cage” is a Winner Gamm's "Beauty Queen" is not for the Faint of Heart http://ripr.org/post/gamms-beauty-queen-not-faint-heart <p>Watching the Gamm’s splendid, perfectly sharp, gloriously acted production of “Beauty Queen” was, for me at least, a trip down two very different roads. On one hand, I kept thinking of the legions of travel advertisements we’ve all seen. Ahh, the green of Ireland, the rolling hills, the charming little towns, the friendly pubs. Where have you gone Rick Steves?</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 05:53:00 +0000 Bill Gale 14883 at http://ripr.org Gamm's "Beauty Queen" is not for the Faint of Heart Gamm's Ann Boleyn is off-the-wall but also serious http://ripr.org/post/gamms-ann-boleyn-wall-also-serious <p>Oh my goodness, folks, those wacky Brits are back. They arrived Monday night in a slippery snowstorm using as their invasion vehicle the much anticipated, and much hyped, “Anne Boleyn” by veteran troublemaking playwright Howard Brenton. You will remember his work if you caught the deliciously provocative play “Paul” which celebrated the life of St. Paul at the Gamm a while ago.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Bill Gale 9023 at http://ripr.org Gamm's Ann Boleyn is off-the-wall but also serious