Oliver Butler

Off-Broadway Review: “The Amateurs” at Vineyard Theatre

Whether medieval or modern, no plague is comfortable. The first part of “The Amateurs,” currently playing at Vineyard Theatre, is uncomfortable in a different way and the audience wonders, “Can this play be as amateurish as it appears. What is the Vineyard thinking?” As it turns out, the iconic Off-Broadway theatre is thinking outside-the-box and out with the fourth wall,…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Light Years” at Playwrights Horizons

“You are not simply an electrician, you are illuminating the world!” claims one of the six characters in “The Light Years,” a pleasant, but less than fulfilling concoction now playing at Playwrights Horizons. Produced by a company called the Debate Society – which recreates slices of Americana – it focuses on two Chicago world fairs, exactly forty years apart. It…

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