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Rants & Raves - A Review of 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche

Posted by Glenda Mace on July 18th, 2013

 It's 1956 and at TheatreWorks the widows are gathered for the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein annual quiche breakfast. 1956 was almost 50 years ago. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President and Richard Nixon was vice President. Elvis had his first chart hit “Heartbreak Hotel.” Damn Yankees won a Tony for best musical. Crinolines were in fashion. Anyone remember crinolines? They were just a little more manageable than the hoop skirt. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that segregation on Alabama buses was unconstitutional. Nekita Kruschev was ... read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, 5 Lesbians eating A Quiche, TheatreWorks, Glenda Mace

Rants & Raves - A Review of The Color Purple

Posted by Glenda Mace on June 24th, 2013

The Color Purple opened Friday at Playhouse on the Square, the regional premiere of this 2006, Tony nominated musical. Tony Horne has directed this show with skill and insight and it is definitely destined for local nomination as one of the best musicals of the 2013 Memphis Theatre season. It is a music filled story that covers four decades and two continents, a story of abuse and deprivation that resolves in love and redemption. read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, The Color Purple, Playhouse on the Square, Glenda Mace

Rants & Raves - A Review of Deathtrap by Ira Levin

Posted by Glenda Mace on June 17th, 2013

Deathtrap, the well-constructed 1972 thriller by Ira Levin opened last weekend at Circuit Playhouse. The play opens on an expensively appointed room in the Connecticut residence of Sydney and Myra Bruhl. Sydney’s extensive collection of antique weapons is prominently displayed on the walls. The atmosphere suggests some wealth, certainly comfortable living. Sydney Bruhl is a renowned writer of Broadway thrillers, but these days he is on the skids. He hasn’t had a hit in years. His last play was produced on Broadway and was a significant flop. Myra’s wealth is dwindling. The ... read more »

Topics: Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Deathtrap, Glenda Mace, Rants & Raves, Reviews

Rants & Raves - A Review of Miss Saigon

Posted by Glenda Mace on May 17th, 2013

Miss Saigon opened last weekend at Playhouse on the Square. What a beautiful production: beautiful lighting, beautiful music, beautifully costumed, beautifully directed and beautifully told. I saw the touring production at the Orpheum several years ago and somehow missed the love story entirely. The space was too large and there were too many technical fireworks. In the intimate setting, that is Playhouse on the Square, director, Jordan Nichols, has concentrated on the story and highlighted the music. He has cast wonderful actors to tell the tale and beautiful voices to sing it. read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, Miss Saigon, Playhouse on the Square

Rants & Raves - A Review of Angels in America Part I

Posted by Glenda Mace on March 25th, 2013

Angels in AmericaPart I: Millennium Approaches read more »

Topics: Playhouse on the Square, Angels in America, Glenda Mace, Rants & Raves, Reviews

Rants & Raves - A Review of The Mountaintop

Posted by Glenda Mace on January 23rd, 2013

The Mountaintop, a play by Memphis native Katori Hall opened Friday at Circuit Playhouse to a sold out house. A collaboration of Circuit Playhouse and Hattiloo Theatre it was a stellar opening night with the Olivier winning Ms. Hall in attendance. The Mountaintop made its world premiere in a three-week run at London’s Theatre 503 in June 2009, and then transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 1. The production received two Evening Standard Awards nominations, including Most Promising Playwright, and was awarded the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Play. read more »

Topics: The Mountaintop, Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theatre, Rants & Raves, Glenda Mace, Katori Hall

Rants & Raves - A Review of Melissa Farris' "Happy Cannibals" at Material Art Space

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 13th, 2012

Whimsical, pastel frames and delicate brush stroke and color choice may, upon first glance, disguise the humorously grotesque imagery that appears in Melissa Farris’s smaller-scale paintings in her show Happy Cannibals.  Paralleling the frames, the paintings seem as though they should belong in a baby’s nursery, with an almost kitschy vibe, some including images of innocent lambs. However, upon further investigation, the viewer begins to notice these paintings are not at all devised from a nursery rhyme. read more »

Topics: Melissa Farris, Happy Cannibals, Material Art Space, Visual Arts, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of Maysey Craddock's "forest for the trees" at David Lusk Gallery

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 11th, 2012

The opening night of Maysey Craddock’s show Forest for the Trees at David Lusk Gallery was filled, nearly to the brim, with life and conversation amidst Craddock’s paintings—this was no surprise, as there is much excitement in this show.  Craddock utilizes found brown paper bags as the surface for her relatively large gauche paintings; though they do vary in size, each panting uniquely captures her methodical, intricate and considered use of line, color, and layers.  The surface’s origin—found, brown paper bags—is evident and embraced, with the ... read more »

Topics: Maysey Craddock, Painting, David Lusk Gallery, Visual Arts, Forest for the Trees, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of The Santaland Diaries

Posted by Glenda Mace on December 6th, 2012

The Santaland Diaries Circuit Playhouse By David Sedaris Adapted by Joe Mantello Reviewed by Glenda Mace The Santaland Diaries is here and Memphis’ favorite elf is back at Circuit Playhouse. Crumpet has invited us to his party in The Memphian Room to regale us with the story of adventures and misadventures as an elf at Macy’s New York during the weeks just before Christmas. It is a tale you will not want to miss, especially if your Christmas spirit contains just a bit of Bah Humbug. read more »

Topics: The Santaland Diaries, The Circuit Playhouse, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of Annie

Posted by Glenda Mace on November 26th, 2012

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas MeehanPlayhouse on the Square opened the first of its holiday shows this year with Annie, a story filled with all the warmth and hope that you could yearn for this time of year. read more »

Topics: Annie, Rants & Raves Review, Playhouse on the Square, Glenda Mace

Rants & Raves - A Review of Zombies from The Beyond

Posted by Glenda Mace on October 16th, 2012

I saw Zombies From The Beyond at Circuit Playhouse last Friday a week into the run. What fun. It is so satisfying to watch a musical comedy dedicated to improbability and silliness that holds no pretense it is anything else. From set to acting style, director Ann Marie Hall has given us the opportunity to laugh at the politics and pop culture of the 50’s. read more »

Topics: Zombies From The Beyond, the Circuit Playhouse, Glenda Mace, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of Rachmaninoff & Mahler

Posted by Nathan Powell on October 4th, 2012

The gradual change to autumn always brings out excitement and nostalgia in almost everyone I know. For me, it also signals the start of symphony season. Every year when I get the Memphis Symphony Orchestra mailer advertising the upcoming concert season, I feel like a kid all over again. What will be the best concert of the year? Which composer will I fall in love with all over again? Which Opus One concert will wow me the most? All these questions, I know, will be answered soon enough. read more »

Topics: Nathan Powell, Rants & Raves Review, Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Rants & Raves - A Review of Good People

Posted by Glenda Mace on September 5th, 2012

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Rabbit Hole comes a humorous and poignant look at what it really means to be down on your luck. read more »

Topics: Rants & Raves, Reviews, Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, Good People, Glenda Mace