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The Johnny Cash tribute show “Ring of Fire” circles back to its roots on the 710 Theatre stage, sounding even better and fresher than when it debuted more than a decade ago. It even sounds better and fresher than when the same group of players presented the show a year ago for a well-received run at MusicalFare. The wonderfully talented ensemble enjoys the kind of co…

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Good for David Oliver for having enough faith in Mary Shelley's original "Frankenstein" to let her creation speak. In adapting the original story for the Road Less Traveled stage, Oliver bypassed 200 years of rewrites that turned the anguished creature into a mute and macabre monster. Instead, the "Frankenstein" that stalks RLTP gives voice to both our better and our wo…

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They don’t make presidents like they used to. As a matter of fact, as the opening of “Give 'em Hell, Harry!” points out, Harry S. Truman broke the mold when he ascended to the Oval Office. Truman had been vice president for only four months when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. It was just the beginning of FDR’s fourth term and World War II was still going on. Read…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – The opening scene of the Shaw Festival’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea,” now in the Court House Theatre, is a thing of terrifying beauty.As the lights go up on an enormous rock formation at the center of the stage, a naked form pulls herself up from the water with noticeable effort. The distorted drone of Asessandro Juliani…