THEATER REVIEW: Shakespeare takes center stage in ‘Equivocation’

By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer Published: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. There’s much to chew on in Bill Cain’s “Equivocation,” a play asking what would have happened if William Shakespeare had written about the failed assassination of King James I, known as the Gunpowder Plot. It tangles with questions of authorship, and […]

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“Tartuffe” brings comedy to life

By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer Published: Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Last Modified: Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:17 p.m. If Moliere had written “Tartuffe” today, the hair might pouf out even more outrageously, and his central con-man would be among the multitudes posting prayers, selected feel-good verses and (mostly misattributed) quotes […]

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THEATER REVIEW: “Seduced” is a critique on American desires, dreams

By Mark Hughes Cobb-Tuscaloosa News Although many know Sam Shepard best as a film actor — Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff,” opposite longtime partner Jessica Lange in “Crimes of the Heart,” in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” and more — he built his reputation primarily as a writer. Even while carving out an eclectic […]

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Seduced tells story of reclusive billionaire at Allen Bales Theater

By Sam West-The Crimson White The story of a mad billionaire, a mysterious aide and two alluring women will be put on stage. “Seduced,” a drama by acclaimed playwright Sam Shepard, will run until the end of the week at the Allen Bales Theater. The play tells the story of Henry Hackamore, a business tycoon […]

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REVIEW: Musical hums along like a finely-tuned machine

“42nd Street” traveled to Mobile last week, before it opened in Tuscaloosa. Previous University of Alabama musicals “Big River” and “Showboat” visited Montgomery and Mobile, respectively. Last year’s snarky “Urinetown” didn’t leave town. When shipping ambassadors to a strange land — to not only garner future students, but followers, donors — you send Mr. Rogers, […]

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REVIEW: Musical Showcases UA’s Strengths

From The Tuscaloosa News: Show Boat” might well have been retitled “Showcase,” for the production at the University of Alabama. It’s kind of a greatest hits collection of some of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s finest, supported by a couple of old friends, no strangers to the Marian Gallaway Theatre. It’s an apt choice for […]

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REVIEW: Musical Showcases UA’s Strengths

From The Tuscaloosa News: Show Boat” might well have been retitled “Showcase,” for the production at the University of Alabama. It’s kind of a greatest hits collection of some of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s finest, supported by a couple of old friends, no strangers to the Marian Gallaway Theatre. It’s an apt choice for […]

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REVIEW: This is an OTHELLO That Everyone Will Get

From The Tuscaloosa News: Productions of “Othello” typically fit certain descriptors: Harrowing. Dark. Disturbing. Chilling. How they’re not as often described: Lovely. Musical. Danceable. The latter fit within the realm of the University of Alabama’s new production of “Othello,” cut, carved and assembled by director Seth Panitch to also encompass the former, in a lean interpretation […]

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UA Troupe makes Shakespeare Characters Approachable

From The Crimson White: The University’s version of “Othello” turns the stage into a gigantic mood ring. It happens amidst a canopy of curtains and veils that melt from blue to green to scarlet to black, tracking the emotional shifts in the greatest soap opera of all time. This is good, because for us non-English majors, […]

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Review: Ramping Up Camp in One of Coward’s Darker Plays

From The Tuscaloosa News: Director Jimmy Kontos guided his “Design for Living” actors vividly in replicating the high-speed, musical, birdlike speech common to Noel Coward plays. They speak deftly, in the style of the highly educated — and of those who listen to others only to trump them — and of early 20th-century screwball comedy. […]

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