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December, 2011

Czech out this mitteleuropean ‘Christmas Carol’

Dooley Noted: The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater presents “A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa (Happy Ramadan)” through Jan. 1. Our reviewer wasn’t that impressed. Comment

November, 2011

Cillian Murphy makes American stage debut at St. Ann’s Warehouse

Theater: St. Ann’s Warehouse solidifies its place as the American home of Irish playwright Enda Walsh with the searing writer’s latest descent into madness, the one-man tour de force, “Misterman.” Comments (1)

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This little ‘Light’ of theirs — they’re gonna let it shine

Theater: A new musical about hope and dreams — bring the family. Comment

A budget ‘Babes’ at the Brick

Theater: A new rendition of the Christmas classic, “Babes in Toyland,” is a recession spectacular! Comment

October, 2011

The ‘Center’ of it all! Chinese acrobats, Russian dancers, flamenco dancers and more

Theater: They say variety is the spice of life — certainly, it’s the spice of the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, which is back in action with a delicious new season chock-full of dance performances, theater productions and musical concerts that cater to the many diverse cultural groups that call the borough home. Comment

Fright ‘Night’! New theater company’s first show is a blood-filled slasher

Theater: Better get your poncho in the lobby, this one could get messy. Comment

Good vibrations! Brooklyn College revives Sarah Ruhl sexually charged show

Theater: “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Show”) has buzz for all the right reasons. Comment

The female ‘Frankenstein’ reaches its climax

Theater: In the Rabbit Hole Ensemble’s final play in the “Frankenstein” trilogy, the roles of doctor and monster are played by women. Comments (4)

September, 2011

Plato smash! ‘Action Philosophers’ to hit the stage next week

Theater: It’ll be the most entertaining Philosophy 101 class you’ve ever sat through. Comments (3)

Play about nightmares taps into timeless fears

Theater: The Irondale Center hosts the award-winning “Nightmare Story” — just in time for Halloween. Comment

So who are the ‘Action Philosphers’?

Theater: Here’s a quick and lobrow run down of all the egg heads in The Brick play. Comment

Played out! After failed theatrical career, Slope writer calls it quits

Theater: Ed Schmidt is giving it all up — his books and his playwriting career — in one mega-tragicomic show. Comment

At Gallery Players, this ‘Dog’ has teeth!

Theater: Love is overrated — and often gets in the way — in Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Little Dog Laughed,” which wraps up its first New York revival at the Gallery Players this weekend. Comment

Pack rat puppets on stage at Clockworks!

Theater: And you thought the Collyer Brothers were just some mentally ill hoarders. Now, they’re also great theater. Comment

A delicious night of theater at the Irondale Center

Theater: “Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant” is not your grandparents’ dinner theater. Comment

August, 2011

Whitman sampler! Walt’s sexiest poem becomes a musical

Theater: Walt Whitman’s classic “Song of Myself” finds itself a soundtrack! Comment

Up on the roof! New troupe does Shakespeare under the stars

Theater: A new theater company devoted to performing Shakespeare’s classics in unexpected places is starting off on the right foot — with a production of “The Tempest” on a Greenpoint rooftop. Comments (2)

July, 2011

‘Antigone’ is one serious play

Theater: And it’s coming to Mount Prospect Park on Sunday. Comments (1)

Bard goes Brooklyn! Troupe sets ‘Merry Wives’ in Windsor … Terrace!

Theater: Brave New World Repertory’s new production adds more than just some much-needed “dese” and “dems” to the Bard’s classic comedy. Comment

Macbeth mania! It’s the summer of blood

Theater: Fake blood, that is, as Brooklyn gets several productions of Shakespeare’s deadly tragedy. Comment

You gotta have faith

Theater: “Romeo and Juliet” gets a religious twist in this Brooklyn Heights show. Comment

This show is on the run

Theater: “Endure” takes you through Prospect Park, trailing a marathoner. Don’t worry, it only covers three miles. Comment

The play’s the play as gaming and theater are merged at this festival

Theater: This year’s Game Play Festival, which features theatrical works that draw inspiration from the world of video gaming, offers as many different types of shows as there are consoles. Comment

This opera about lust makes the Gowanus sexier than ever

Theater: It’s called “La Calista,” and it’s pretty hot. Comment

June, 2011

Cheap trick! Piper Theatre does Moliere’s ‘The Miser’

Theater: And the 17th-century playwright’s still got it (with some new 21st-century references). Comment

‘Golden’ ticket! Campy Coney play lets wives get revenge over their scandal-ridden pols

Theater: And, guess what, it’s not an Anthony Weiner comedy! Comment

Dead men do tell tales — in this play at Green-Wood Cemetery

Theater: “The Spoon River Project” at the old boneyard is a must-see. Comment

Behold — a zombie Western

Theater: Think of it as “Night of the Living Deadwood.” Comment

Got a minute? That’s enough time to see a great play at Brooklyn College

Theater: The 60-second play festival is back. Comment

May, 2011

‘Comic’ possibilities at the Brick Theater’s festival of superheroes

Theater: The Brick is channeling its inner geek once again. Comment

Say hello to ‘Bye Bye Birdie’! Heights Players does a great job with hoary old B’way classic

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: It’s a rave for the Willow Place theater troupe from our critic. Comments (2)

May the verse be with you as ‘Star Wars’-themed epic hits the stage

Theater: Shakespeare meets George Lucas in an iambic pentameter- and light-saber–packed production this month. Comment

Broadway in Brooklyn! Narrows Community Theater does ‘42nd Street’

Theater: And the troupe is back at Fort Hamilton! Comments (1)

April, 2011

‘Dirty, Rotten’ good fun with the Strivelli Players

Theater: The Gravesend-based troupe brings the laugh-a-minute, Tony Award-winning musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” to their Bay Street stage this month. Comment

You gotta love Noche Flamenco

Theater: It’s the forbidden dance, after all, and its this week at Kingsborough. Comments (2)

A ‘King Lear’ for the ages! Derek Jacobi stars in BAM production

Theater: Don’t miss the chance to see one of the greatest classical theater actors working today. Comments (2)

Greek is the word at this Hellenic version of ‘Medea’

Theater: The greatest revenge story in herstory — all told in its original language (don’t worry, there are subtitles). Comment

Hey, kids — let’s not only put on a show, but also start a new theater company!

Theater: It all starts this weekend with the Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theater production of “Urinetown.” Comments (2)

Betty Buckley performs your favorite showtunes this Saturday

Theater: A bit of Broadway is coming to Brooklyn. Comment

March, 2011

Ride this ‘Jitney’ thanks to the Gallery Players’ revved up August Wilson drama

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The play may be called “Jitney” and set in a gypsy cab station, but August Wilson’s early work is not about driving cars. Comment

More some good, old-fashioned fun from the Paper Bag Players

Theater: This is one theater troupe that can act its way out of a paper bag! Comment

BAM’s absurd ‘Comedy’! Shakespeare goes vaudeville in British production

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The new production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at the BAM Harvey is laughable. Comment

A new Creation myth at Issue Project Room

Theater: The Gowanus music space presents “Original Innocence,” a rock opera that puts a contemporary spin on Adam and Eve. Comment

Rabbit Hole’s ‘Frankenstein’ is still a sexy beast

Theater: It’s alive — again! Comment

A divine ‘Comedy’ from Propeller troupe at BAM

Theater: Get ready for the ultimate piece of escapism. Comments (1)

You gotta see this ‘Hamlet’ at the Heights Players

Theater: Shakespeare is at the top of his game on Willow Place. Comments (2)

Frank Ferrante’s Groucho is right on the Marx

Theater: And he’s bringing his act to Kingsborough on March 19. Comment

New boxing drama at St. Ann’s lacks punch

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: “Beautiful Burnout” has some nice moments, but it’ll make you throw in the towel early, our critic says. Comments (1)

February, 2011

‘Clock’ of ages! Arthur Miller’s Depression-era show returns for the recession

Theater: One of Arthur Miller’s lesser-known plays is finally getting its due. Comment

Geoffrey Rush is just insane — freakin’ insane! — in Gogol’s ‘Madman’ at BAM

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Geoffrey Rush should win an Oscar for “Diary of a Madman” at BAM. Comments (2)

Shiver our timbers! ‘Treasure Island’ comes to Irondale

Theater: Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic is brought to live in Fort Greene. Swordfight, anyone? Comment

This ‘Frost/Nixon’ is like the president himself — riveting, but flawed

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Heights Players prides itself on its intimacy, and that couldn’t be more evident in its current production of “Frost/Nixon.” Comments (3)

What a ‘Rush’! Aussie madman Geoffrey Rush stars in Gogol’s ‘Diary’ at BAM

Theater: First, he’s nominated for an Oscar for “The King’s Speech.” Now, Geoffrey Rush is live onstage at the BAM Harvey in a scenery-chewing role. Comment

Heights Players take on ‘Frost/Nixon’

Theater: By hook and by crook, this is a great play. Comments (1)

Nothing ‘Drowsy’ about Gallery Players’ production of ‘Chaperone’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The mousy man in the Broadway memorabilia-filled apartment just wants to be entertained by a story and a few good songs. Comment

January, 2011

In this football play, there are no boys allowed

Theater: Are you ready for some gender politics? Comments (2)

Lake Simons’s new show is life upside down

Theater: Get ready to throw all sense of reality out the door. Comment

Our Seussian tribute to ‘Seussical’ coming to Brooklyn Center

Theater: Here’s something cool: We previewed the Jan. 30 show in Seuss-like verse. Comments (1)

Simon’s ‘Gingerbread’ is savory, not sweet at Ridge Rep

Theater: Don’t let the name fool you. Comment

Brothers Grimm comes alive — in Russian!

Theater: A runaway princess, a talking donkey, a singing rooster, and music-loving cat and dog are coming to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts — and, no, it’s not some knock-off production of “Shrek.” Comment

A ‘Borkman’ for a long, cold winter

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Butcher’s review finds this Alan Rickman-led production just a bit too chilly. But, hey, it’s Ibsen, so what did he expect? Comment

‘Women’ on the verge! Heights Players prison comedy is a riot

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: There is something incongruous about seeing a production of “Women Behind Bars,” a 1975 Tom Eyen play that was a smash hit when it starred Divine and opened Off-Off-Broadway, in the former church on quaint (and historic) Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights that the Heights Players have called home since 1962. Comments (1)

Daniel Kitson is fantastic in one-man show at St. Ann’s Warehouse

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Ignore the title; “The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church” is a thirill ride. Comment

A ‘Tempest’ with a superhero twist

Theater: If you always thought Shakespeare could use more ka-pow, this is the play for you. Comment