Robert Trussell

Must there always be a standing O?

“Everyone knows that a standing ovation can be an utterly hollow exercise,” writes The Star’s theater critic, Robert Trussell. “Think of politicians leaping to their feet during any president’s State of the Union speech. But when it comes to the arts, I’ve observed at times a curiously indecisive quality about audience approval — almost as if we’re driven by the fear that someone will think us unsophisticated.”

Musical Theater Heritage revives Leonard Bernstein revue, Living Room takes on David Mamet

The first revue Musical Theater Heritage staged at the Off Broadway Center was “Bernstein’s Broadway,” a survey of some of the remarkable music Leonard Bernstein composed for “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” “Candide” and “Wonderful Town.” Six years later, MTH founder George Harter and artistic director Sarah Crawford have brought it back so more people can see it.

KC Rep captures some good performances in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Christopher Durang’s comedy, a Broadway hit, has attracted enthusiastic support among artistic directors at regional theaters across the country. This is the second time critic Robert Trussell seen this erratic romp, which received near-universal praise from New York critics. “All I can say is that I must have been out of the room when they passed around the Kool-Aid,” he writes.