A “Lesson” Learned the Hard Way at Yellow Barn

By Daniel Skora For sixty continuous years, Eugene Ionesco’s “The Lesson” (La Leçon) has been playing to sold out audiences at the Theatre de la Huchette in Paris’ Left Bank. But there’s no reason to learn French or spend money on an expensive trip to France to be able to enjoy one of the finest … More A “Lesson” Learned the Hard Way at Yellow Barn

Revolution Inspires Women at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora The winds of revolt blew over France for a decade (1789–1799), bringing with them social and political upheaval and justice administered by the blade of a guillotine. During that time, the monarchy fell. The clergy lost much of their influence. And liberté, fraternité, and égalité became the cry of the land. Theatre … More Revolution Inspires Women at Theatre Nova

Gender Bender Gives and Gets Big Laughs at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora Elvis has left the building, and this time maybe for good. The crowds at Cleo’s have been staying away in droves and Eddie, the bar’s owner, is left with no choice but to fire the Elvis impersonator who has been providing the entertainment. He has sent for his cousin who has an … More Gender Bender Gives and Gets Big Laughs at Theatre Nova

Desk and Marriage Filled with “Clutter” at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora Clutter, when it’s of the physical kind, can often be easily taken care of with the simple swipe of a hand across a desk, which is exactly what happens at one point in “Clutter”, the current presentation of Theatre Nova. But there is another kind of clutter harder to manage than stacks … More Desk and Marriage Filled with “Clutter” at Theatre Nova

“Nutcracker” Gets Parodied in “Sugar Plum Panto”

By Daniel Skora It’s the holiday season, and if you’re thinking the time might be ripe for the second annual Christmas Panto at Theatre Nova, you’d be right. Not to scare away the non-literate, but this year’s assemblage of skits, sketches, and general all-‘round mayhem draws its inspiration from “Nussknaker und Mausekonig”, which is German … More “Nutcracker” Gets Parodied in “Sugar Plum Panto”

Doin’ Time on the Line for Nine ain’t Fine

By Daniel Skora “Ford has a Better Idea” said one of FoMoCo’s slogans dreamed up by its advertising company several years ago in an attempt to convince the buying public that they were the better automobile builder of the Big Three and you ought to consider making your new car purchase from them. Implicit in … More Doin’ Time on the Line for Nine ain’t Fine

Poets Engage in Personal Relationship through Letters

By Daniel Skora Theatre Nova is currently presenting “Dear Elizabeth”, a play based on the correspondence between two 20th century American poets, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. In their exchange of letters, which continued for some thirty years, the two carried on a relationship that was filled with mutual love and respect. Though the themes … More Poets Engage in Personal Relationship through Letters