Theater review: 'Hamilton'

Theater review: 'Hamilton'

One of the most exciting things about "Hamilton" is how it fits into the history of American musicals while drawing it forward. Lin-Manuel Miranda skillfully combines hip-hop and Broadway in this show, which seems to exist simultaneously in Colonial America and right now.

Nazareth College Arts Center promises variety in 2019-20 season

No two events are the same in the forthcoming season at the Nazareth College Arts Center. The 2019-20 season boasts a variety of entertainers from many different artistic disciplines, and with a wide swathe of cultural perspectives.

Theater preview: 'Things Went Horribly Wrong'

The first staging of New York City-based playwright Sarita Covington's new work, "Things Went Horribly Wrong," will be performed in Rochester this week. The production closes out The Avenue Blackbox Theatre's inaugural season, and each performance is paired with a Long Table Conversation.

Theater review: 'The Royale'

Based on a true story and set in 1905, the plot follows Jay "The Sport" Jackson, a black boxer who wants to become the heavyweight champion of the world, and challenges the current titleholder -- a white man -- to come out of retirement for the fight of the decade.

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre announces spring program

DCT’s spring program features four shows, including war dramas and a prison-escape caper. The theater will also continue its Rochester Folkus series of singer-songwriters.

RBTL announces 2019-20 season

Next season's lineup features seven award-winning shows, including "Come From Away," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "Dear Evan Hansen." Disney's "The Lion King" will also return for a three-week run.

Theater review: 'Indecent'

Like the play it's about, "Indecent" is a challenge to produce onstage. There are several difficult intimacy levels that require true professionalism, and sensitive subject matter including anti-Semitism and homophobia. But it lands well, under meticulous and caring direction, at JCC CenterStage.

Theater review: 'Mauritius'

A play about stamp collecting doesn't seem particularly gripping, in theory. But when the story also includes a true crime feel and comes from the pen of playwright and proven mystery writer Theresa Rebeck, things get interesting.

Theater review: 'You Can't Take It with You'

As a hobby and an amateur art form, community theater is vital. It's where many famous performers first get a taste of the stage, after all. But when the mistakes in a show detract from enjoyment and overall content of the show, it's time to rethink strategy.

Geva announces 2019-20 season

The new season includes Tony Award-winning musical, "Once;" post-Vietnam hip-hop musical, "Vietgone;" and the world premiere of "Looks Like Pretty," which is set in a Kodak lab. More than half of the productions are written by and will be directed by women, three plays are written by playwrights of color, and five will be led by directors of color.

Theater review: 'The Humans'

The issues raised in "The Humans" are reminiscent of conversations every family has at some point -- financial, age, health, careers -- and director Mark Cuddy guides the ensemble's chemistry in such an authentic way that it's easy to forget there isn't a real family onstage.

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