China has changed dramatically in the 23 years since David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly first hit Broadway. If the East retains a reputation for mystery, today that may well stem from its astonishing economic growth as much as its cultural allure.
JONATHAN: Everyone knows music from Porgy and Bess ("Summertime," "I Got Plenty o' Nothin," "It Ain't Necessarily So") but almost no one can tell you the story of the show, and fewer still have seen it in performance.
Kelly KleimanSo what is there to do around this burg on Memorial Day weekend? Next week, well, that'll be something: the official start of summer, outdoor performances and festivals everywhere you look; but what about right now?
After 40 years, Grease is back where it all began, in more ways than one. First, the production’s at a small space off Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. That harkens back to the plays early '70s debut in Chicago’s off-Loop theatre scene.
From Shakespeare’s Richard III to Albee’s George and Martha, the theater is crowded with some rather unlikeable protagonists. The Boys Room at Victory Gardens Theater adds another mean main man to the stage.