Ah, Shakespeare. In a Broadway season filled with Hamlets, Macbeths, and Romeos, there is no short supply of good old Bill. Admit it. The word “Shakespeare” conjures up very specific images (a skull named Yorick, perhaps?). For a lot of people, the word “Shakespeare” also conjures up bad memories of a high school literature class […]

  Theresa Perkins

I am a sucker for a good murder mystery. Or even a bad one, really. In a fantasy world where I could ignore work and personal obligations for an entire Saturday, I would spend the day playing Cluedo, browsing the bookshelves at the Mysterious Bookshop in Tribeca, and hosting a murder mystery dinner party (preferably […]

  Theresa Perkins

I feel like I have visited the sanctum of red-haired women and should dye my hair fuchsia plum before disclosing their secrets. Thankfully, having rocked (albeit fake) red hair at least twice in my life, I think that I am qualified to say this: One Old Crow Productions’ creative staging of Sherry Kramer’s David’s RedHaired […]

  Theresa Perkins

The law is reason, free from passion. Point taken, Aristotle. The law is neither sympathetic nor scornful. Everyone is theoretically equal before the black letter of the law. Philosophy is all well and good, but let’s get real for a second. While the law may be free from passion, humans are anything but. This simple […]

  Theresa Perkins

I re-wrote this review three times, which is never a good sign. Do not get me wrong. Sharr White’s new play The Snow Geese is not bad per se, it just left me feeling incredibly nonplussed. Set during the first World War, Snow Geese is a story about adaptation, perception and pretense – it thrusts […]

We all have them. Those books or plays we battled in high school and despised for a plethora of reasons, some legitimate (with all due respect William Faulkner, punctuation is a useful writing tool that you should consider wielding) and some less so (dear Holden Caulfield, please stop being emo, thanks). Do not get me […]

  Theresa Perkins

It is a rare treat when a talented cast gets a hold of an engaging play that leaves the audience cracking up one minute and utterly subdued the next. Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, directed by Daniel Aukin, at the Laura Pels Theatre is a darkly comedic and compelling show about […]

  Theresa Perkins

I cannot help but think that Nina Mansfield conceived of Gymnos: A Geek’s Tragedy while hobbling along on an elliptical machine in an over-crowded gym. Do not get me wrong, I am 100% behind my illusionary version of Ms. Mansfield – gyms suck. Gyms are terrible. Whoever thought that communal exercise was a good idea* must […]

  Theresa Perkins

Politically charged and culturally relevant plays face a significant hurdle on the revival circuit – historical context. Popular social commentary is ever changing and playwrights that take up causes are, in part, dependent upon their audience knowing the historical and cultural backdrop for their message. Therein lies the problem for the Keen Company’s revival of […]

  Theresa Perkins

I am not a public crier. Of the hundreds of movies and theatrical productions that I have seen in my 26 years on this planet, I can count on one hand the number of times that I cried in a theatre. So, you can imagine my bewilderment when I found myself wiping tears away with […]

  Theresa Perkins

I am a Manhattanite. If I make it north of 14th Street, I am probably on my way to see a show or am playing tour guide to visiting friends. God forbid I have to cross water to get somewhere. However, last Saturday night, I headed to Bushwick in Brooklyn for the first time, which […]

  Theresa Perkins

It is difficult to graduate with a college degree without drinking at least one White Russian at a The Big Lebowski viewing party. My college experience was no exception, and I have developed an appreciation for Ethan Coen’s sharp use of language, his dark comedic style and his eccentric characters through many viewings of his […]