Bruce Chadwick

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Reviews (17)
90
History News Network

"It is a deep, rich and thoroughly frightening story of the Jews’ battle for survival in the city of Vilna...The difference, and what makes 'Vilna' so outstanding, is the graphic violence, cruel and heart stopping, plus just tremendous acting by an all-star cast, whose work you will remember for quite a long time...One of the wonders of the play is the superlative acting by minor characters." Full Review

70
History News Network

"The play, nicely directed by Jonathan Bank, is a delightful look at the millenary business just after the turn of the 20th century and the men and women who work in it. The drama is a sturdy look at the lives of women in that era...The play is full of skilled actors who deliver fine performances in the play...The play does have its problems. The first twenty minutes are terribly slow moving...Despite those weaknesses, 'The Price of Thomas Scott' is certainly worth the price of admission." Full Review

90
History News Network

"A smartly written, enchanting, and rich musical with deeply drawn and highly likable characters...It is a tale told on several levels and each blends into the other...The music by Sonnenblick is marvelous and you could pick any famous singer who could have performed the melodious and well-written tunes in the show...The play, smartly directed by Max Friedman is well-written and at first deceiving...It gets deeper and deeper as the story rolls on, though, and very complicated in the end." Full Review

40
History News Network

"Unfortunately, it fizzles. It is a tiresome, flat, tedious, chaotic and uninteresting play full of hollow characters that run about the stage for nearly three hours and accomplish very little...The main problem with the play is that there is simply no story, no drama at all. It has no beginning, middle or end and the characterizations are pretty weak...There are a thousand interesting stories and titanic characters in this bit of British history, but we don’t get any of them here." Full Review

85
History News Network

"Hickey, played by a superb Denzel Washington, bounces down the aisle from the back of the theater...The play suddenly soars with him (and Washington) in it...He is sad, he is funny, and throughout the show, Washington is downright wonderful...Washington heads up a stellar cast...Despite all of the impressive acting and brilliant writing, 'The Iceman Cometh' is just too long, though. A good 45 minutes could have been cut from the script." Full Review

90
History News Network

"It is just wonderful, a delicious romp through the mob underworld, speakeasies, and the Long Island mansions of the wealthy in the Depression era...The play is a tasty cup of hot chocolate with whip cream on top for these blistering cold winter days...Evans has done a superb job...The play has everything one could want on the stage. There is the enchanting underworld story and the Runyon characters and more laughs than there are on the streets of Chicago." Full Review

70
History News Network

“A sprightly show that tells you a lot about Dietrich that most people already know but gives some intriguing glimpses into her personal life…Kostek, who has a good voice, also sings a number of Dietrich’s most famous songs…Overall, Kostek does a fine job in the show. She tries to cover too much, though…Yet, she still leaves out huge gaps in the star’s life...There should have been more effort to showcase Dietrich as the Hollywood glamour queen that she became." Full Review

70
History News Network

"It is a solid adaptation of the novel, with a few bumps here and there, and gives audiences an interesting look at upper class family life in China nearly three hundred years ago…The staging of the play, although a bit constricted in the small theater, is pretty good. The acting is first rate…Act one is a bit stodgy and the plot is hard to follow...The play, with a number of characters, could use a larger staging and more of a grand, epic look." Full Review

90
History News Network

for a previous production "A brand-new, different and dazzling interactive play...The strength of the 'script' is that all of the witnesses and suspects meld part of the story together to create a complicated scenario of what is basically a very simple case...The producers have done a masterful job of combining walking tours, street theater and murder mysteries...It is fun for all and, actually, a very nicely designed case...Wonderful fun, good theater and a very different experience." Full Review

85
History News Network

"It is a searing, strident and alarming play about a racial rabble rouser and yet, at the same time, a very deep, warm and rich play about a man looking back on his life and talking about what he did and what he did not do...Director Petronia Paley has done a superb job of taking a tight two men play and working it so that you see a whole nation of trouble and a landscape of characters....'Looking for LeRoy' is an impressive look at a provocative writer and electric speaker." Full Review

85
History News Network

“The history in the play is considerable and very detailed, sometimes chilling. It is a disturbing history and one that Americans ignored...The two actors in the play are really impressive. Tyo is superb...You have to admire the play’s director, Ralph B. Pena. It is hard to keep a two-character play interesting but he does, constantly rushing from year to year and scene to scene and keeping Atung and ‘the Chinese Lady’ interactive through most of the play.” Full Review

85
History News Network

"A delightful new play...Directed with great skill...Hodges tells a neatly concocted tale of escape, life in hiding and the biggest hoax in world history. He gets wonderful performances from a truly lovable cast. They almost convince you that Marlowe actually did it...It’s hard to believe, though...If Marlowe wrote all those plays and became so famous, why did he never step forward out of hiding to accept the applause?" Full Review

85
History News Network

“A dazzling revival...Captures all of the marvelous language of Williams...Much of the credit for the success of the play, surely one of Williams’s finest, must go to director Jack Cummings III...Does an admirable job of moving the play along...One drawback is that even though this is the pre-war South, you do not get much U.S. or Mississippi, history in it...The acting in the play is marvelous....A sweet, and yet thunderous, revival.” Full Review

90
History News Network

"A majestic revival...Rashad is at times powerful, at other times sad and sometimes very, very funny...She makes the play the big hit that it is...Sullivan has done a superb job of coordinating different aspects of the play and, carefully, carries the story from scene to scene and addresses her trial with great bravura...Saint Joan is a beloved historic figure and Rashad, as the maid of Orleans, is nothing short of sensational in this remarkably well-told story of France’s historic treasure." Full Review

65
History News Network

"A good look at television history, but it's not exactly 'Madame Butterfly'...The music is very opera-ish with long, slow melodies and hard to understand lyrics...There is a story, sort of...It is, well, bumpy...Biggest problem with the opera is the really profane language, and I mean obscene...I am no prude, but the language made me just cringe...Rando, did a fine job with a tenuous script and muddled story...The acting is quite good." Full Review

80
History News Network

for a previous production "'No-No Boy' is a very good play with a harsh, scalding beginning, but it has some weaknesses. One big problem the play should have addressed was the legal standing of Japanese-American men...Much of the success of the play is due to spirited work by skilled director Ron Nakahara. You have to give a yes-yes to this 'No-No Boy' production because it is stinging and because the audience learns a great deal of history." Full Review

90
History News Network

"The musical is one of the best history musicals in years. The story of the relocation, and all of its problems, full of triumph and tragedy, is told eloquently. It is full of history and, at the same time, with superb acting, a strong plot and fine music, a pleasing stage musical for all...'Allegiance' is a must see for history lovers. It is a history lesson, but it is also stellar drama and good music in a bone-chilling and yet heart-warming story." Full Review