Out on Stage

Out on Stage

Theatre and performances

The Pirates of Pittsburgh may be having an off-year, but The Pirates of Penzance, currently playing at Toby’s, the Dinner Theatre of Columbia, looks sharp and is likely to have a strong summer. This take on Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 good-humored, mischievous work is an enjoyable experience filled with frivolity and tinges of slapstick that will keep you laughing throughout.

The comic opera’s music was written by Arthur Sullivan and the clever libretto penned by his co-collaborator W.S. Gilbert. The Pirates of Penzance was one of the duo’s most popular works—others including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Sorcerer—and is one of the very few productions from that era still being performed.

If you never contemplated your purpose in life, raise your hands. Not that many rose I see.

Identifying one’s purpose in life is the central theme in Avenue Q—a clever, funny, poignant, and uplifting story of young adults navigating their way through real-life’s unforeseen challenges to fulfill their dreams. The satirical musical, currently playing at the Olney Theatre Center, also has its raunchy, racy and potty-mouthed moments.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Top 10 LGBT Broadway Shows

June is LGBT Pride month, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall uprising, regarded by most historians as the beginning of the modern day gay rights movement. To salute LGBT Pride month, I am offering my Top 10 all-time LGBT-oriented Broadway plays and musicals. The criteria chosen for these shows include:

  • A successful run on Broadway (or off-Broadway)
  • significant LGBT characters
  • an LGBT theme or storyline; and
  • groundbreaking for its time.

I have selected five musicals and five plays to comprise the list.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

'Bareback Ink' at Iron Crow

There are three groups of theatergoers who will particularly enjoy the Iron Crow Theatre Company’s production of Bareback Ink: aficionados of Greek mythology, gay men, and folks who appreciate a well-directed production with stellar acting—or any combination of these. However, if you are not in the first group, you may not comprehend the symbolism contained in the play, which could mitigate to some extent any enjoyment derived from being in the other two groups.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Shrek on Ogre to Toby’s

Fairy tales usually follow a set pattern. They have a timeless setting, unspecified place, one- dimensional characters (both good or bad) with a purpose to entertain, inspire or teach a lesson. The plot may have a quest, magical creatures, humble hero, diabolical villain, maybe a beautiful princess, and most have a happy ending.

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