SU Drama

April 25 SU Drama: Avenue Q

Beyond the sleaze there’s lots to please in SU Drama’s ‘Avenue Q’

Let’s just say these puppets have been around the block a few times…

By Michael O’Connor

The greatest enjoyment from watching Avenue Q comes from its manner of presentation. Many of the characters in the show are puppets that look as if they walked off the set of Sesame Street. Yet while there’s a certain sophomoric joy in watching these puppets discuss adult subject matters like sexuality, pornography, and drunkenness…

Mar. 28 SU Drama: Measure for Measure

By any yardstick, SU Drama’s ‘Measure for Measure’ stacks up well

Director Celia Madeoy takes the Bard’s 400-year-old play out of a purely academic context and makes it relevant

By Malkiel Choseed

It is almost considered a right of passage for drama students to stage a Shakespearian play. That they have chosen this particular play, Measure for Measure, to test and sharpen their skills brings about a whole other level of difficulty. The students and staff of SU Drama, however, have risen the to the challenge admirably, creating a visually stunning, fast paced and well-acted production…

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…

Dec. 5 Syracuse Stage: Hairspray

‘Hairspray’ paints a smile across the face that holds

There’s ‘real good’ singing and dancing in this ‘feel good’ co-production by Syracuse Stage and SU Drama

By Michael O’Connor

Love wins out against all odds in the Syracuse Stage-SU Drama co-production of the charming holiday spectacle, Hairspray — the delightful musical that tackles issues of race relations, class discrepancy and body image without becoming overbearing…

Nov. 15 SU Drama: Stepping Out

SU Drama’s ‘Stepping Out’ is in-step with dance, out-of-step with drama

Blame Richard Harris, whose humorous play about amateur tap dancers suffers from a script with two left feet

By Michael O’Connor

There’s no shortage of spectacle in Stepping Out, Richard Harris’s 1984 comedy about amateur dancers looking to overcome their inhibitions by learning to tap dance at a shabby church hall in North London…

Oct. 11 SU Drama: Parade

SU Drama’s ‘Parade’ pleases the ear, challenges the mind

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about intolerance and bigotry in the old South raises issues America has not fully addressed

By Michael O’Connor

Like many Americans, I grew up reading and learning about America’s civil rights movements. Victims of racially motivated violence in this country are burned into my memory — names such as Emmett Till, James Byrd Jr., Mary Turner, Vincent Chin, and Leo Frank.

These names remain symbols of America’s difficulty in coming to grips with its past and present…

Feb. 21 SU Drama: Speed the Plow

SU Drama’s ‘Speed the Plow’ takes the audience on a rollicking ride through frenetically paced dialogue

Despite some unevenness, SU Drama’s mounting of David Mamet’s satire of Hollywood comes off as timely and relevant as its 1988 debut

By Michael O’Connor

On the surface, Speed the Plow appears to explore the incompatibility of art and commerce. But much like the façade of naiveté…

April 20 SU Drama: Violet

‘Violet’ a warm and tender road trip to the heart

But turning back the clock in this story-turned-musical from 1969 to 1964 creates dramatic incongruities too difficult to ignore

By Laurel Saiz

Syracuse University Drama Department’s current production of Violet, directed by Rodney Hudson, is adapted from the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim…

Feb. 15 SU Drama: Top Girls

A tale of two sisters: ‘Top Girls’ examines the experience of being a woman

But you’ll need to work hard to follow this SU Drama production of Caryl Churchill’s non-linear play about women and power in the workplace

By Laurel Saiz

Top Girls is top-heavy, making for a challenging evening for theatergoers…