Scandalous

Patricia Santomasso in one of my favorite performances, as Lady Teazle in SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL at New Harmony Theatre.  Headstrong, high-flying, unruly, charming, vulnerable, and touchingly wise.

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The Dybbuk

Leye is gripped by otherworldly longings in Marvell Rep’s inaugural season production of THE DYBBUK.  Eloquent, sensitive performances from Rachel Claire, Barbara Spiegel, and Chris Kipiniak. The air was practically luminous, alive with the supernatural.

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Antigone

From ANTIGONE. Creon (Kevin Gilmartin) and Ismene (KC Wright) face off, as the two member chorus (Geddeth Smith and Peter Judd) looks on. Kevin and Geddeth, two great actors who can play anything, were Marvell veterans by this point, having performed in four productions. The expansively talented and incredibly versatile KC Wright, in her Marvell […]

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Night Games

Full-blooded, richly layered performances from Emma Rosenthal (who was also brilliant as Polly in THREEPENNY OPERA)  and Isaac Woofter (recently in WAR HORSE) in Marvell’s world premiere of NIGHT GAMES, an existential sexual revenge thriller, my favorite genre.

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End of Story

Here is our company with playwright and mentor extraordinaire, Howard Stein. Howard had just turned ninety when he finished END OF STORY, his richly layered, semi-autobiographical play, and we drove up to his home in CT to give it its first staged reading. It was a thrill for all of us. Howard passed away a […]

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In the Gallows

Photo from THE THREEPENNY OPERA

The Threepenny company in the gallows scene, one of Brecht’s most chillingly (and playfully) subversive passages. Played by one of the best casts ever. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Parents and Children

Photo from SPRING'S AWAKENING

Anne Newhall and Lizzy DeClement as Mrs. Bergmann and her daughter Wendla in Marvell Rep’s 2012 production of Spring’s Awakening.  Working with these two extraordinary, limitless actresses was a real highlight. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Professor Bernhardi

Photo of the cast of Professor Bernhardi with Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane came to see our production of PROFESSOR BERNHARDI, and here he is with our brilliant, huge cast. This is Arthur Schnitlzer’s masterpiece, about the witch-hunt of a Jewish surgeon in turn of the century Vienna. It had been banned in the US and much of Europe. Incredibly, ours was the first NYC production. […]

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The Crucible

Photo of The Crucible

A marriage hangs in the balance in this moment from THE CRUCIBLE. Mark Irish and Shelley McPherson inspired me with their integrity, talent, and devotion to their craft.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Photo of The Importance of Being Earnest

Jack and Algy peek in helplessly as erstwhile enemies Cecily and Gwendolen unite in triumphal solidarity and wily daftness. One of Tijana Bjelejac’s yummiest scenic designs, and a joyous process, thanks to a sublimely playful cast that included Kesington Blaylock, Susan Derry, Joe Bowen, Diane Ciesla, Loren Dunn, and Marvell company members Chris Kipiniak and […]

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