Claus Forgoes Christmas in Santa Panto at Theatre Nova

By Daniel Skora It’s another year, another holiday season, and another Christmas Panto at Theatre Nova. This is the third year the Nova has offered up a show whose traditions go back hundreds of years. Comedy often gives the impression that it’s an undisciplined profession, what with improvs and stand-up comedians seemingly rattling off jokes … More Claus Forgoes Christmas in Santa Panto at Theatre Nova

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”