Monthly Archives: February 2015

Feb. 27 Syracuse Stage: Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Syracuse Stage’s ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’ keeps the message very much alive

This compelling character-driven drama set within the grip of Apartheid in 1972 South Africa resonates just as powerfully in 2015 America

By Malkiel Choseed

Syracuse Stage’s elegant production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead is a beautifully wrought and profoundly moving pieced of theater that captures the essence of the human drama — and drives home its message with humor and sensitivity…

Feb. 21 SU Drama: Lips Together, Teeth Apart

SU Drama’s ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’ struggles to transcend the aging AIDS crisis

Bereft of strong character interaction, this student production has difficulty making the political climate of the ’80s and ’90s seem relevant today

By Michael O’Connor

Lips Together, Teeth Apart, which takes place at the height of the AIDS crisis, follows a pair of siblings (Sam and Chloe) and their respective spouses (Sally and John) as they spend a weekend together at a beach house Sally has recently inherited from her deceased brother, David…

Feb. 6 Syracuse Opera: A Little Night Music

Syracuse Opera’s ‘A Little Night Music’ a little too lean

With a pit orchestra of only six players and no projected titles, Sondheim’s “operetta” doesn’t seem whole

By David Abrams

There’s little point in arguing whether Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music is, at its core, a musical or an operetta. It could be either, depending on the resources put into the production effort. Syracuse Opera chose to trumpet the work as “operetta,” not musical theater, during the weeks leading up to Friday’s premiere. And that label calls into question the company’s use of a chamber-sized pit orchestra…

Jan. 30 Syracuse Stage: In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play

Syracuse Stage’s ‘In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play’ hits the spot

Sarah Ruhl’s amusing play about treating ‘female hysteria’ during the Victorian Era is just what the doctor ordered

By Barbara Haas

It’s fascinating to see what a truly creative mind can do with original source material. That’s one of the many pleasures of seeing Sarah Ruhl’s very funny, sweetly tender play, In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play…