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Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Theater With a View, Pottstown PA, through July 29, 2017.
 

Rabbit Hole is a provocative family drama about differing ways in which people deal with the death of a child. How would you handle your four-year-old being accidentally struck and killed by a motorist? Clearly, there’s no correct answer and no two people will behave similarly.

In David Lindsay-Abaire’s play, mother Becca tries to block from view all reminders of her son Danny, while father Howie wants to hold on to objects. He replays a family video of the laughing …

Falsettos returns, in movie theaters

Falsettos is one of the most beautiful musicals in Broadway history. Its story is filled with a panoply of emotions and is, by turns, tender, sad, heart-warming, and hopeful.

William Finn’s original story was shaped by James Lapine who is credited as co-writer of the book, while Finn wrote all the lyrics and music. The show won Tony Awards in 1992 and was revived for a limited Broadway run in 2016. Lapine directed in 2016, as he did previously, and his new version has a fresh, more choreographic look while its words are virtually unchanged. The production was recorded at …

Fun Home controversial on tour

Fun Home. Music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Lisa Kron. National tour, Spring and Summer 2017.
 

Fun Home doesn’t attempt to be a fun experience. The musical is a serious play involving a suicide. Playwright Lisa Kron recognized the need for some leavening, however, and her script includes considerable wit. As Kron wrote about another work of hers, “Humor and horror are juxtaposed.”

This national touring production exposes that duality more effectively than the award-winning Broadway show. In particular, Abby Corrigan as the college-age protagonist Medium Alison, employs a lighter touch than her New York …

Indecent: a classic play deemed obscene

Indecent. Created by Paula Vogel & Rebecca Taichman. Written by Vogel, directed by Taichman. Cort Theatre, New York, through August 6, 2017.
 

Indecent is a daring play, in multiple ways. It involves interweaving stories about free speech and censorship; about immigration to America; about the hypocrisy of a religious man who puts his business interests ahead of his family. And it shows a lesbian love affair.

That’s a large amount of content, and the inter-relationships are laid out poetically with movement and music being as important as the dialogue. Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents, the …

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