Archive for May 2012

"The Twelve Tenors" (Riverfront Theater): A Dozen Charming Crooners

#120. I have always had a thing for Irish men.  They have a playful nature and twinkling eyes. And if they can sing, it’s ‘Katy, bar the door.’ Riverfront Theater presents THE TWELVE TENORS.  A dozen good looking guys croon for the swoon.  It’s not your grandma’s opera roster.  These fellas are young.  Impeccably suited... Read more »

"Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way" (Teatro Luna): Big Helping of Little Life-defining Moments

"Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way" (Teatro Luna):  Big Helping of Little Life-defining Moments
#119.  As a server, I’ve worked with many Latinos over the years. That statement sounds politically incorrect but it’s true.  Whereas Americans find the restaurant industry beneath them, Latinos are willing to work as dishwashers, food runners, bussers, or whatever job is open.  They have arrived, often by questionable means, in the U.S. to seek... Read more »

"Take Her to See the Maco Lights" (Prologue Theatre): See It This Week

I do believe in ghosts.  Not the terrorizing banshee types or the cemetery back-from-the-dead spooks, I believe my present is interconnected with the past and the future.  A deja vu or prickly sensation is tethered to something that already happened or will happen.  A friend once told me that he saw one of my crying... Read more »
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JAPAN: Day 7 - Tokyo - when we buy decorative sushi, see some Harajuku girls and visit the back alleys of Shinjuku

JAPAN:  Day 7 - Tokyo - when we buy decorative sushi, see some Harajuku girls and visit the back alleys of Shinjuku
All the world is a stage… Reviewed by Jennifer Herlein It was our last day in Tokyo and our last chance to catch the (many!) things we hadn’t yet been able to.  The truth is, Tokyo is a huge city with loads to do and in one visit, it just wasn’t possible to see everything. ... Read more »

"Crooked" (Rivendell Theatre): Straight-up Superb!

"Crooked" (Rivendell Theatre):  Straight-up Superb!
#117.  High school!?  A four year quest for peer acceptance.  Egads!  As I get older, the torture, the embarrassment, the awkwardness is muddled.  The experience becomes less “Breakfast Club” poignant original and more “Facts of Life” silly reruns. Now, deformities and all, I go to all my class reunions. I banter with everyone.  There are... Read more »

JAPAN: Day 6 - Tokyo - When we leave the city for noodles, visit a cat café and see why Japanese bartenders are so cool

JAPAN:  Day 6 - Tokyo - When we leave the city for noodles, visit a cat café and see why Japanese bartenders are so cool
Because all the world is a stage… Reviewed by Jennifer Herlein After two nights in Kyoto, it was time for us to make the trip back to Tokyo.  We enjoyed another peaceful, tasty breakfast at our ryokan, Kikokuso, and the proprietor was so kind as to give us a ride to the train station.  The... Read more »
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"Romeo Juliet" (The Hypocrites): Full-Bodied Experience!

"Romeo Juliet" (The Hypocrites):  Full-Bodied Experience!
When someone invites me to their house, I expect to feel at home.  Give me something to drink.  Maybe something to eat. Ask me to take my shoes off but let me have the option of keeping them on.  Make me feel welcomed and loved.  And if a fight should breakout, ensure no one gets... Read more »

JAPAN: Day 5 - Kyoto - When we see foxes in bibs, overheat looking for the Path of Philosophy and actually know what we've ordered for the first time

JAPAN:  Day 5 - Kyoto - When we see foxes in bibs, overheat looking for the Path of Philosophy and actually know what we've ordered for the first time
All the world is a stage… Reviewed by Jennifer Herlein I have to admit that although I was leery of the concept, the atmosphere at the ryokan was amazing.  We could hear the fountain as we slept and were served a gorgeously presented breakfast in our own tatami room next to the pond.  We opted... Read more »

"Bombs, Babes and Bingo" (Mortar Theatre): Clever Premise

In moments of great sadness, I often swallow a great one liner or life musing.  It’s a curse and a gift that in times of grief, I see humor.  Funeral, break-up, argument, it doesn’t matter the situation – something funny usually occurs to me.  Sometimes I give into sharing the joke.  The comedic release can... Read more »
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"The Marvin Gaye Story" (Black Ensemble Theater): Legend Endures in Gorgeous, Soulful Music

Reviewed by Tom Lawler As Motown legends go, Marvin Gaye sits on his own perch. Being neither as prolific as Smokey Robinson nor as precocious as Stevie Wonder, Gaye was nonetheless deeply revered by both. What was his magic and why does Gaye’s legend endure with his fans decades after his death – despite a... Read more »