Category archive: Rocamora Reviews

London round-up – January 2019

“If we’re going to make a bold statement, then I want us to be really bold.” So says Paulette Randall, director of the lively production of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus now playing at Shakespeare’s Globe – who cast a black actress in the title role, as well as a female Mephistopheles. London theatres this season are…

December 2018: Deck the halls with exciting theatre

From reluctant dads to monster apes to prom queens, December offers a dizzying range of compelling theatrical encounters.   Here are seven productions worth seeing before the holidays.   King Kong on Broadway “Animatromics”:  it’s a new theatrical term, and you’d better get used to it.  It’s the phenomenon that’s created the most exciting protagonist on…

November Notables 2018

The season is already in high gear – and it’s only November! So much to choose from, including the following compelling offerings: Oklahoma at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma!” – that is, for two-thirds of Daniel Fish’s radical interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 classic. Daniel Fish’s vision is fresh and provocative…

October Offerings 2018

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur  at Theatre at St. Clements  It was one of his last plays – and, after his death, it became a long-forgotten one.  Yet it was among Tennessee Williams’s personal favorites.  He called it his “bijou.” This gem of a play was first produced in 1977, revised and revived in…

September 2018: The start of a vigorous new season

Fiddler on the Roof at the Museum of Jewish Heritage “A little bit of this, a little bit of that” – go the lines to “Anatevka,”  one of many memorable songs in Fiddler on the Roof.  By now a treasured American classic (book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick),  theatregoers…

August 2018: The Best of the Rest

Even in these sultry summer days following the busy spring season, New York theatres are filled with audiences, ever eager for stimulating, challenging new work. Shakespeare “as you like it” Call it “Shakespeare, my way” or “Shakespeare à ma façon”– there’s a dizzying variety of “versions” of the Bard’s plays in New York this summer….

July 2018 Summer Offerings

What happened to the “summer lull”? New York theatres keep generating exciting, edgy, and entertaining work.   Carmen Jones at the Classic Stage Company If only Oscar Hammerstein were alive today to see the Classic Stage Company’s thrilling revival of his Carmen Jones! Like the rest of us, he’d marvel at the red-hot passion packed…

“June in Bloom, 2018”

Compelling new works, arresting foreign imports, moving revivals– New York theatre in June is blooming. Operation Crucible The tragic impact of World War II on the English home front has provided endless material for compelling plays and films – from David Hare’s Plenty to John Boorman’s Hope and Glory to the TV series Foyle’s War…

May’s Bounty 2018

The month of May offers an impressive range of offerings – including new work, unusual foreign imports, and stellar revivals. A Brief History of Women at 59e59 Theaters Now celebrating his sixth decade in the theatre, Alan Ayckbourn, the crowned King of British comedy, shows no sign of slowing down. His latest comedy of manners…

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