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December, 2009

Not so ‘Brief’! St. Ann’s Warehouse extends hit show

Theater: One of the most successful shows in the history of St. Ann’s Warehouse has been extended. Comments (1)

You’re not such a good play, Charlie Brown

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Heights Players’ production of the wholesome classic, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” manages to capture some of Charles Schulz’s rich combination of childhood wonderment and adulthood existential crises, though it remains a mystery why the theater would put on a kids show at 8 pm. Comment

‘Mrs. Cratchit’ is the real ghost of Christmas

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: And not in a good way. Comments (1)

A ‘Streetcar’ you’ll desire

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Cate Blanchett is Blanche DuBois in BAM’s production of “Streetcar Named Desire,” but Liv Ullmann’s direction fails to rely on the kindness of strangers. Comments (1)

November, 2009

A ‘Streetcar’ named sellout!

Theater: Cate Blanchett revival of Tennesse Williams classic is already sold out at BAM. Comments (1)

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Youth in trouble? It’s great theater!

Theater: Sex, drugs and family dysfunction — it’s all fodder for the young playrights of Off The Hook, a teen troupe that presents its sixth annual production on Nov. 20 and 21. Comments (1)

The Civilians have their eye on divorce

Theater: The latest production from The Civilians troupe, which has delved into the Atlantic Yards project and Evangelical Christians, now turns its eye on something really controversial: divorce. Comment

October, 2009

Irish import at St. Ann’s Warehouse is truly ‘Electric’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension enjoyed “The New Electric Ballroom” at St. Ann’s Warehouse. You will, too — if you like bleak torrents of words. Comments (1)

Gallery Players’ new comedy is just not funny

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Gallery Players has done the impossible: presented a musical about two comedians that doesn’t have a single laugh in it. Comments (1)

‘Sex and the City’ writers bring new Texas-tinged soap opera to DUMBO

Theater: From “Sex and the City” to “Soap Opera on the Prairie”? Comment

August, 2009

This one-woman ‘radio’ show is crackling good

Theater: Check out Tanya O’Debra’s one-night-only radio show at Glasslands. Comment

New show makes great fun of lousy economy

Theater: It’s current! It’s humorous! It’s educational! It’s “Tally Ho! Or Navigating the Future,” a slapstick comedy with trap doors, giant puppets, and smoke machines. Of course, it’s about the economy, stupid. Comment

July, 2009

Funny money, Walt Whitman and Robinson Crusoe are all just off stage

Waiting in the Wings: Lots of upcoming works, including a spoof of our financial system. Comment

A ‘Lear’ that kicks you in the rear!

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension has some very nice things to say about the Gallery Players’ production of “King Lear.” Comment

‘Daydream’ needs a wake-up call in Prospect Park

Dooley Noted: It is not very often that a theatrical production comes along that features puppetry, scenery-chewing acting, greatly truncated Shakespeare and absurd accents — and yet still doesn’t fully satisfy me. Comment

All the world’s a stage — and you can thank The Brooklyn Paper

Theater: A Bay Ridge theater troupe gets a new home — with a supporting role played by us! Comment

June, 2009

Get your ‘Lear’ here! Gallery Players will do summer Shakespeare

Theater: Park Slope’s best local theater company is set to steal the spotlight from Manhattan’s annual summer Shakespeare festival this July with “King Lear.” And that’s just the beginning. Comment

May, 2009

BAM finds its Muslim voice

Theater: A festival of Islamic art at the Brooklyn Academy of Music includes an Arabic take on “Richard III” and a concert by Youssou N’Dour. Comment

Sexy Adam and Eve story is the apple of our critic’s eye

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, got a rise out of the partly naked retelling of the Fall of Man. Comments (1)

S.O.S.! This ‘Show Boat’ is a sinking ship

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, takes a shot across the bow of the Heights Players’ “Show Boat.” Comments (1)

‘Tommy’ rockers

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, loves the Gallery Players’ production of “The Who’s Tommy.” Comments (2)

This play is a winner by a ‘Nose’!

Theater: Our reviewer raves about “The Nosemaker’s Apprentice” at the Brick Theater. Comment

April, 2009

Male call: BAM’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ is an all-boy show

Theater: “The Merchant of Venice,” William Shakespeare’s controversial play about love, loss, revenge and Jews is coming to Brooklyn for a two-week run. Comments (1)

The Nerve! Avant garde troupe sets up shop in Park Slope.

Theater: Meet Park Slope newest residents: a cutting-edge theater troupe that will call the neighborhood home. Comments (1)

Hooray for ‘Hollywood’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, loves the Heights Players’ “Shakespeare in Hollywood.” Comment

March, 2009

Checkin’ in with Neal Freeman, the new director of The Gallery Players

Checkin’ in with: “The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension” sits down with the new face of Park Slope’s legendary off- off-Broadway troupe. Comment

This ‘Bus’ breaks down

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, slams “Bus Stop” at the Gallery Players. Comments (2)

Unemployed? Have we got an opera for you!

Theater: You may have just lost your job — but the last thing you want to sacrifice is your opera tickets. So, thankfully, the Brooklyn Repertory Opera is offering the newly jobless a $5 ticket to “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Comments (5)

‘Producers’ will spend big time

Theater: “The Producers” was one of the most-lauded shows in Broadway history. Now, it’ll be the most-expensive community theater production ever in Brooklyn. Comments (2)

‘Rent’ comes due with cleaned-up musical in Ridge

Theater: Rent” just got redacted. Comments (2)

February, 2009

This ‘Winter’s’ anything but gloomy

Theater: Our critic raves about “The Winter’s Tale” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

It’s a fun ‘House’ at St. Ann’s Warehouse

Theater: Our critic raves about the funny take on Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Comment

Thar she blows!

Theater: The night belongs to the freaks and the people who adore them on Friday, Feb. 20, with the return of the Blowhole Theater’s “Winterlude,” a pageant of oddball entertainers and musicians. Comment

Gallery Players’ ‘Millie’ is ‘Thoroughly’ entertaining

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Our critic raves about “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the Gallery Players. Comment

A Neil Diamond tribute — in the buff

Waiting in the Wings: Lots of upcoming works on stage, including a raunchy tribute to Neil Diamond, the Jewish Elvis! Comment

January, 2009

Shakespeare troupe wants Bay Ridge to be new Stratford on the Narrows

Theater: Something is rotten in Bay Ridge for an acclaimed Shakespearean theater troupe that is struggling to find home. Comments (5)

Sour ‘Cherry’: BAM’s Chekhov is a big slog

Theater: Our critic has a problem with the Sam Mendes-directed production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” at BAM. Comments (2)

Borough playwrights go center stage in series

Theater: The borough’s pre-eminent playwrights, from still-living legend Budd Schulberg (“On the Waterfront”) to comic David Lindsay-Abaire (“Fuddy Meers”), will be featured in their own series, starting next Saturday. Comment