Posts Tagged ‘theater’

When the Wakefield School Department came out this week and requested a 4.84 percent increase in its FY 2018 budget, they turned a few people into prophets. In 2015, Annual Town Meeting approved a “one-time” 11.4 percent increase in the School Department budget. The Big Bump was supposed to “right size” the School Department by […]


BY MARK SARDELLA If supporting the arts and local artists isn’t enough to get you to “Suburban Holidays,” Quannapowitt Players annual theater festival/fundraiser, how about an even better reason? It’s a damn good show! “Suburban Holidays V” marks the fifth year that QP’s annual winter fundraiser has offered a festival of short plays with holiday […]


By MARK SARDELLA On the surface, Uncanny Valley is about a neuroscientist at a life-extension laboratory in the mid-21st century and her relationship with a non-biological human named Julian that she played a major role in creating. But beneath the surface, Thomas Gibbons’ play, currently at Stoneham Theatre, is about much, much more. The term […]


By MARK SARDELLA Israel Horovitz’s new play is something of a departure for the prolific playwright and Wakefield native. Man in Snow, at Gloucester Stage Company through Oct. 23, is a long way from the gritty, working class atmosphere of a Gloucester fish-packing plant or the romantic neighborhoods of Paris – and not just geographically.


By MARK SARDELLA GLOUCESTER — Imagine, if you can, an oligarchic takeover of a state led by a “Palinesque” Manchurian candidate with only a hapless, dying, Occupy-style activist standing in the way of her establishing a totalitarian regime. Forget trying to imagine it. It’s been done for you! Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s over-the-top, absurdist, dark […]


Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedy ‘The Last Schwartz’ at Gloucester Stage By MARK SARDELLA GLOUCESTER — The Last Schwartz, by Deborah Zoe Laufer is a play about family ties – the ones that bind, the ones that bend and the ones that break. In the opening scene, Herb Schwartz’s wife Bonnie (Brianne Beatrice) is describing to […]


By MARK SARDELLA Whether or not you have read or studied Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, you are undoubtedly familiar with a few of the phrases and idioms that the work gave to the English language. “Water, water, every where,/ Nor any drop to drink,” is one. But the metaphor […]