theater review http://ripr.org en Contemporary Theater Company’s “Cloud Nine” Worth Catching http://ripr.org/post/contemporary-theater-company-s-cloud-nine-worth-catching <p>Ah, yes, welcome back, “Cloud Nine.” Churchill’s play was a hit in certain quarters back there when the world as we knew it seemed to be tumbling onto a landscape that was unclear and wonderful and scary.</p><p></p><p>The play won an Obie, Off Broadway’s version of the Tony Awards. It was done around the country by risk-taking regional theaters including a crackerjack production in the 1983-84 season at what we then called the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:17:00 +0000 Bill Gale 32081 at http://ripr.org Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow http://ripr.org/post/theatre-sea-s-production-cats-meow <p></p><p></p><p>It’s a funny thing about “Cats.”</p><p>Some people, many actually, are enthralled by this musical taken almost completely from a poem by that Anglo-American literary icon, T.S. Eliot. “Cats” lovers adore the music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and are happy to forget about the almost plotless story line that finds a beat-up old cat restored to vibrant life.</p><p>Others, myself included, enjoy much of the music but really find “Cats” to be a clawless work, more a stagnant showing off piece than anything else.</p><p>So , make your choice and pay your money. Or not.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 05:07:00 +0000 Bill Gale 17742 at http://ripr.org Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow Wilbury's "Three Penny Opera" is a Good Try http://ripr.org/post/wilburys-three-penny-opera-good-try <p>Going forward with a famous musical is generally a matter of copying. After all, if you are putting on “Annie” or “Nunsense” you aren’t going to change things—just try to do a crowd-pleasing show as well as you can.</p><p>But that’s not the case with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “Three Penny Opera.”</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 05:51:00 +0000 Bill Gale 16034 at http://ripr.org