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When The Most Beautiful Room Isn’t

by Brian Slattery | May 18, 2017 3:01 pm | Comments (2)

T. Charles Erickson Photo On the way home from seeing The Most Beautiful Room in New York, my wife Steph actually said this: “As a lifelong lover of musicals, I resented this. It is everything that people who hate musicals say they hate about musicals.”

What happens in a good production of a musical when the musical itself isn’t good? Beautiful Room gave us a chance to find out.

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Immigrant Tale Turns Timely

by Donald Brown | Mar 1, 2017 1:05 pm

T. Charles Erickson Photo With immigration a hot political issue, stories about the ways of life of immigrants become more than sentimental evocations of how newly arrived people managed here in the past. Such family histories, as featured in Meghan Kennedy’s new play Napoli, Brooklyn, at the Long Wharf Theatre through March 12, should make us aware of how diverse are the cultural backgrounds covered by the term “American.” That diversity undermines any right of one ethnicity to lay claim to that term more than another. Almost everyone has ancestors who suffered to get here and to stay here, and the American Dream has seemed to promise that this country would find room for all.

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