Ed Rampell: Set around the turn of the last century in New London, Connecticut – where young Eugene had summered – O’Neill’s 1933 Ah, Wilderness! is a marked departure from his usually gloomy plays, fraught with familial Sturm und Drang.
Eric A. Gordon: Disinherit the Wind does not oppose Darwinism as such, but does observe that the 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life leaves room for further research and refinement.
Ed Rampell: Serious theatergoers shouldn’t monkey around – head down ASAP to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to catch this run, which is short on number of days but long on profundity, leavened by Albee’s wicked wit about the human (or lack of) condition.
Eric A. Gordon: The memories brought to the stage seem too personal and intimate to have been invented, but “it is always night” in this play, Anyanwu tells us.
Ed Rampell: The performances and much of the music in Richard Strauss’ Salome are the most melodramatic of any opera I’ve ever experienced. But this is to be expected since, as that old expression goes, “consider the source”: The New Testament.