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‘Detroit’ lands close to home

When is the last time you spoke to a neighbor? For me, I think it was around three years ago, when someone from a unit a few doors down knocked on our door out of the blue and asked to borrow a potato masher. (I lent it to him. In return, along with his thanks, he gave me a recipe for mashed potatoes that I’ve never used.) […]

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‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ is uncomfortable in all the right ways

Riverside Theater opened its production of Circle Mirror Transformation last weekend, with Angie Toomsen directing. The piece takes place in an acting studio where a rather dysfunctional group of amateur students has gathered. One of the students, James (Tad Paulsen) is married to teacher (Nina Swanson), the revelation of which sets the tone for what is to be a play that is funny on the surface but extremely uncomfortable underneath. […]

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Riverside’s ‘Bakersfield Mist’ as hilarious as it is discomfiting

Riverside’s Artistic Director, Sean Lewis, has selected a contemporary season ripe with social commentary and exposing parts of humanity not commonly discussed in the theatrical classics often produced in the area. Bakersfield Mist (through Oct. 1; tickets $12-30) starts this season off with a satisfying and eye-opening bang. […]

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Riverside’s ‘Bomb-itty of Errors’ filled with mayhem, magic and a lot of heart

Riverside Theatre’s second summer Shakespeare production is the hilarious and touching “ad-rap-tation” of ‘Comedy of Errors,’ entitled ‘The Bomb-itty of Errors.’ This comedic hip-hop musical, which runs through July 2, is not to be missed. […]

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Rap is the language we speak in Riverside Theatre’s ‘Bomb-itty of Errors’

The Bomb-itty of Errors, adapted by the Q Brothers, opens Friday evening June 23, the second summer production of Riverside Theatre in the Park. Director Postell Pringle explains that “this is a hip-hop musical, a clown show and mistaken identity romp of a comedy.”

It is also an “ad-rap-tation” of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, which is itself an adaptation of the Roman playwright Plautus’ Menaechmi. The play is a comedy of mistaken identity — two sets of identical twin brothers with shared names are reintroduced to each other after two decades of separation. One set are settled members of their community of Ephesus, while the other are happy-go-lucky drifters from Syracuse. […]

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Victims of war: Riverside’s Theatre in the Park production of ‘Macbeth’

Riverside Theatre in the Park opens its new season with a sparse treatment of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by artistic director Sean Christopher Lewis, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is further abridged to give more voice on and focus on the victims of historic and contemporary warfare. […]

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Megan Gogerty breaks type to become more herself

Megan Gogerty knows there’s power in comedy — that what is dressed up as a bit of tomfoolery can in fact be quite conscious, insightful or even subversive. Of course, she ought to know this: She teaches the stuff. But one doesn’t expect her to state it so boldly, to give the secret away, out […]

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Missing ‘A View From the Bridge’ at Riverside Theatre will haunt you

A View From the Bridge Riverside Theatre — through Feb. 12 Every once in a great while I see a piece of theatre that reminds me why I wanted to be in theatre to begin with. The opening night performance of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge at Riverside Theatre was just such a […]

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‘Every Brilliant Thing’ a brilliant way to stave off the winter blues

Every Brilliant Thing Riverside Theatre — opens Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The holidays often bring a cloud of gloom with them. As the world around us begins to bundle up in layer upon layer of clothes, hang sparkling lights on homes, bake cookies and pies, it can all seem a futile attempt to […]

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Riverside Theatre welcomes the holidays with ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

Every Brilliant Thing Riverside Theatre — opens Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. When you hear that a theatre is producing a “holiday show,” certain titles pop to mind: A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Story. White Christmas. Although conditioned to use the general term “holiday,” a distinct pattern tends to emerge. This year, Riverside Theatre […]

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‘The Taming’ offers up equal parts hilarity, humility and hope

The Taming Riverside Theatre — through Sunday, Nov. 13 In 2013, the United States was a seemingly very different place. It had one thing in common with our country today, however: It felt as though all of the partisan bickering couldn’t possibly get any worse. In October of that year, the government shut down for […]

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Riverside Theatre boldly embraces a divisive conversation with season opener ‘Black and Blue’

Black and Blue Riverside Theatre — through Sept. 25 The conversation about race and police brutality in our country has, in recent years, become about as divisive and vicious as such a thing can get. At public protests, on personal Facebook feeds, and in the comments sections on news articles, people continue to speak — […]

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