Lost Girls: mesmerizing drama

Lost Girls by John Pollono, directed by Joe Canuso. Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, March 2017
 

I’ve seen so many dramas about losers that I’m tired of the genre. I get impatient with people who keep repeating disastrous mistakes. But this play concerning three generations of struggling, unhappy women has something special.

There’s wit beneath the complaining, …

Bull in a China Shop at a women’s college

Bull in a China Shop by Bryna Turner, directed by Lee Sunday Evans at the Claire Tow Theater of Lincoln Center, New York.
 

The name of Mary Woolley has become obscured by the passage of time. A smart and literate play at Lincoln Center reminds us of her remarkable achievements.

Mary Emma Woolley, born in 1863, was the …

Curiosity, in this case, killed the dog

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Directed by Marianne Elliott for national tour.
 

The hero of this play is, in part, a junior version of Sherlock Holmes. He is highly intelligent and analytical but lacking in social skills. Holmes, you will recall, was called …

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