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Oct. 23 Syracuse Stage: The Underpants

From left: Mark David Watson, Daniel Passer, Michael Brian Dunn and Marianna McClellan in the Syracuse Stage producrtion of Steve Martin's "The Underpants" (photo: Michael Davis)

Syracuse Stage pulls off Steve Martin’s ‘Underpants’

The comedian’s rapid-fire witticisms leave the audience little time to breathe before the next joke

By Michael O’Connor

The word “underpants” may suggest many things. It can be the boring utilitarian item that one wears every day, the washing of which is a pedestrian part of every relationship (so much so that hanging stockings and panties in the bathroom following laundering is often used in film and TV as a code for the loss of romance that comes with familiarity)…

Apr. 10 Syracuse Stage: Other Desert Cities

Syracuse Stage’s ‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds at a furious pace

Better not sneeze during this Timothy Bond production ― you may miss something important

By Barbara Haas

At last, a play about a family that is not dysfunctional. Syracuse Stage is closing its current season with a rarity among dramas: a play about family members who really do care about each another. Not that the five members of the Wyeth household in Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities don’t have their differences. Truth is, they couldn’t be more unlike one another…

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…

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…

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…

Oct. 24 Syracuse Stage: The Piano Lesson

Syracuse Stage’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ plays its doleful tune with virtuosity

Timothy Bond’s beautifully crafted production of the August Wilson play is buoyed by an ensemble of first-rate actors

By Malkiel Choseed

Syracuse Stage’s new production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson is a beautifully wrought, wonderfully acted rendition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Every aspect of the dramatic experience comes together to near-perfection — from sets to costumes to lighting…

Sep. 28 Syracuse Stage: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Syracuse Stage’s ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ keeps the laughs coming

Christopher Durang takes the audience on a wild romp in this Tony Award-winning Chekhov mash-up

By Barbara Haas

At one point in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Christopher Durang comedy that opened Syracuse Stage’s 2014-15 season, the audience broke into spontaneous applause.

Feb. 27 Syracuse Stage: Chinglish

‘Chinglish’ parlays cultural misunderstandings into a hilarious theatrical experience

But David Henry Hwang’s cross-cultural comedy, smartly set in this Syracuse Stage production, could have been so much more…

By Michael O’Connor

The difficulty in crafting translations extends far beyond merely substituting a word from one language with a corresponding word from another…

October 25 Syracuse Stage: Scorched

Syracuse Stage’s ‘Scorched’ an emotional journey through tragedy that will leave you feeling whole



In the process of self-discovery a pair of twins rip open old wounds to learn the truth about their mother — and ultimately, themselves

By Malkiel Choseed

Scorched is an intense and moving play that explores…