Playwright Joseph Kesserling puts theater critic Mortimer Brewster at the heart of “Arsenic,” an island of rationality in an ocean of insanity. Adam Bright plays him with a consistently effective calmness, while most of the other characters are exaggerated nutcases.
Remember, people called you “the sensual couple” because you couldn’t keep your hands off each other, not because you couldn’t take your eyes off the clock. Ditching the clock for at least some of the day is essential.
Right. What do you do with a 64-year-old play that almost everyone knows something about? A play that’s been described as the best play of the 20th century, that’s won every award imaginable and that’s had countless adaptations in film, opera, television and ballet?.
Based on a lone surviving document, “Conspiracy” dramatically reconstructs the 1942 Wannsee Conference, a meeting of 15 high-ranking Nazis who discussed the practical implementation of the Final Solution.
Chicago native Loring Mandel never imagined his profession might be writing for television. Mandel, 83, wrote his first closedcircuit radio productions for fun when he was 6 years old; when he needed money for graduate courses in music at Northwestern University, Mandel discovered he could make a living from fun.
It is interesting that Dowd warms up to the role after doffing the iconic baseball cap, and really hits his stride as Oscar prepares for a double-date with neighbors Gwendolyn and Cecily Pigeon (Charlotte Ruppert and Angela Dill, respectively). As Dowd prances around, slapping on Old Spice and crooning classic love songs, he owns the stage.
Darryl McDaniels, or “DMC” as most of the world knows him, made up one third of the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, which formed in 1981 and disbanded in 2001. The iconic trio scored rap hits throughout the ‘80s with “It’s Tricky,” “Walk This Way,” “King of Rock,” “My Adidas” and “It’s Like That.