Sunday, February 14, 2016
Authors Posts by F. William Oakes

F. William Oakes

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Live theater has the uncanny ability to transport us. Which is not only to say that the audience is given rare glimpses into, say, Hamlet’s Denmark, the France of Le Miz or Eliza Doolittle’s London, but that as we...
“Shock” is the first word of dialogue you hear in “Blackbird,” the harrowing drama now being performed at The Gamm Theatre, and it's apt: this is a play that will shock, disturb and unsettle you. But that’s what great...
Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, amidst a life spent watching plays, you can see a classic work anew, as if for the very first time. Such is very much the case with The Gamm Theatre’s current production of...
Sometimes the best presents come in plain, brown wrapping. Such is the case with the many pleasures afforded to audiences by Trinity Rep’s stirring and soulful production of “Oliver!” Lionel Bart’s popular and successful musical adaptation of the Dickens...
It’s a grand old play, it’s a high-flying play! It’s a farce! It's a mystery! It’s romance! Yes, it’s “Seven Keys to Baldpate,” a real charming sweetheart of a swell old show now getting a sprightly and spirited production at...
The place and the time is the New York City of 1905 and as we observe this scene in the downstairs theatre at Trinity Rep what we see is a collage of small set pieces, interior views of the...
Lara Hakeem shines in 'The Lyons' A gang of lions is called a pride, of course. But in the family unit that is assembled onstage in “The Lyons”, now playing at Warren’s 2nd Story Theatre, there seems to be little...
“If you don’t want to waste your life,” one of the first lines in the play “The Big Meal” admonishes us, “then don’t.” And very near the end of Dan LeFranc’s short but insightful and all-encompassing play, another character,...
       Now playing at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren is “Sons of the Prophet”, an insightful play by Stephen Karam that examines just how frail and resilient is the human species. The play couldn’t be more timely, as a...
    “When you’ve just stepped in you can’t tell what’s going to happen.”      That quote is an apt way to describe the hypnotic words of playwright Caryl Churchill and a good embarkation point to delve into the riveting...
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