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Monday, November 23, 2015

'The Illusionists' - Sleigh of Hand and Derring-Do on Broadway by Andy Propst

Raymond Crowe in The Illusionists (©Photo used with permission of The Illusionists) Last holiday season, aficionados of magic, sleight of hand, and derring-do got a special treat when …

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

'On Your Feet' - A Bio-Tuner With a Latin Beat by Andy Propst

Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra in On Your Feet (©Matthew Murphy) Will the rhythm get you at the new bio-tuner On Your Feet, which tracks Gloria Estefan’s journey from an or…

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Monday, November 16, 2015

'Misery' - Stephen King on Stage by Andy Propst

Laurie Metcalf and Bruce Willis in Misery (©Joan Marcus) At this juncture, a critical response to Misery, which opened at the Broadhurst Theatre last night, feels more than a little un…

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

'Lost Girls' - Terrifically Compelling Family Drama by Andy Propst

Tasha Lawrence, Meghann Fahy, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Piper Perabo in Lost Girls (©Joan Marcus) In John Pollono’s Lost Girls, Linda, a fiftysomething grandmother, proudly tells …

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Friday, November 13, 2015

'Shear Madness' - The Interactive Whodunit Hits New York by Andy Propst

Jordan Ahnquist, Lynne Wintersteller, Jeremy Kushnier, and Kate Middleton in Shear Madness (©Carol Rosegg) Interactive theater comedies don’t get much daffier or more featherwe…

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Monday, November 9, 2015

'Allegiance' - Sad Slice of American History by Andy Propst

Lea Salonga and George Takei in Allegiance (©Matthew Murphy) Based purely on the emotional resonance of its subject matter, the new musical Allegiance, which opened last night at Broa…

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Friday, October 30, 2015

'Therese Raquin' - Painterly Precision on Stage by Andy Propst

Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan and Keira Knightley in Therese Racquin (©Joan Marcus) The painterly precision of Evan Cabnet’s staging of Therese Raquin astonishes. Beowulf Boritt̵…

SOURCE: AmericanTheaterWeb at 09:37AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

'Travels With My Aunt' - 'Auntie Mame' Meets 'The Third Man' by Andy Propst

Daniel Jenkins and Thomas Jay Ryan in Travels With My Aunt (©Carol Rosegg) Auntie Mame meets The Third Man in Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt as Henry, a straight-laced ret…

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Monday, October 26, 2015

'The Humans' - Giving Thanks During Troubling Times by Andy Propst

Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed, Jayne Houdyshell, and Lauren Klein in The Humans (©Joan Marcus) The Blake family may be gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving in Stephen Karam’s richly…

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Friday, October 23, 2015

'Homecoming King' - Comic Tales From Hasan Minhaj by Andy Propst

Hasan Minhaj in Homecoming King (©Andrew Kist) The impish gleam that frequently crosses Hasan Minhaj’s face as he performs his solo show Homecoming King, which opened last night…

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'Dames at Sea' - Musical Merriment by Andy Propst

John Bolton, Cary Tedder, Eloise Kropp, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner in Dames at Sea (©Jeremy Daniel) Goofy and loveable, the musical Dames at Sea has been delighting fans of stage and sc…

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

'First Daughter Suite' - Musical Fantasy at Its Finest by Andy Propst

Carly Tamer and Alison Fraser in First Daughter Suite (©Joan Marcus) Back in 1993, musical theater writer Michael John LaChiusa tickled audiences’ fancies and teased their ears …

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'Empanada Loca' - Grimly Funny One-Woman Drama by Andy Propst

Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca (©Monqiue Carboni) One of the masterstrokes of the original production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd was the way in whic…

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Elephant in Every Room I Enter - Brave Experiment With an Intimate Form by Andy Propst

Gardiner Comfort in The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (©Jenny Anderson) Purposefully writing a one-man-show with a rambling, confused text sounds like a risky proposition. The Elepha…

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'Futurity' - Brave Musical Theater Experimentation by Andy Propst

César Alvarez (center) and company in Futurity (©Ben Arons) One of the most audacious concepts for a new musical can be found in Futurity, which opened last night at the Connelly…

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Friday, October 16, 2015

'Hard Love' - Complicated Romance by Andy Propst

Victoria Mack and Ian Kahn in Hard Love (©Clark Kim) Questions of faith complicate those of romance in Motti Lerner’s contemporary potboiler Hard Love, now playing at the Becket…

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'Perfect Arrangement' - Double Lives in 1950s America by Andy Propst

Julia Coffey, Christopher J. Hanke, Jennifer Van Dyck, Kevin O’Rourke, Robert Eli, and Kelly McAndrew in Perfect Arrangement (©James Leynse) As Topher Payne’s funny and th…

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

'The Gin Game' - Old Age, Cards, and Warmth by Andy Propst

James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in The Gin Game (©Joan Marcus) Scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez provides an exquisitely gritty backdrop for the new production of D.L. Coburn̵…

SOURCE: AmericanTheaterWeb at 07:26AM
Friday, October 9, 2015

'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' - Analog and Digital Worlds Collide by Andy Propst

Christina Bennett Lind, Danny Bernardy, Ethan Slater, Nick Flint, and Sarah-Jane Casey in Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (©Russ Rowland) After taking in One Year Lease Theater Comp…

SOURCE: AmericanTheaterWeb at 11:08AM

'Fool for Love' - Romantic Tragedy in the American Southwest by Andy Propst

Sam Rockwell in Fool for Love (©Joan Marcus) Sam Shepard’s ability to channel a Greek tragedy--like sense of inexorable doom into the modern world never fails to impress. Last …

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

'Old Times' - Pinter With Pizzazz by Andy Propst

Kelly Reilly, Eve Best, and Clive Owen in Old Times (©Joan Marcus) The music, courtesy of Thom Yorke of Radiohead, that pulses through the American Airlines Theatre as audiences arri…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

'Cloud Nine' - A Modern Classic Beautifully Revived by Andy Propst

Chris Perfetti and Izzie Steele in Cloud Nine (©Doug Hamilton) Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine centers on events taking place in Africa in the Victorian era and London in 1979, and…

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

'Catch the Butcher,' 'The Gray Man,' 'The Quare Land' - Three Off-Beat Tales by Andy Propst

Lauren Luna Velez and Jonathan Walker in Catch the Butcher (©Carol Rosegg) Three shows have opened off-Broadway in the past week, and they all share one commonality: a kind of retro-T…

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Monday, September 28, 2015

'Spring Awakening' - Electrifyingly Re-Imagined by Andy Propst

Sandra Mae Frank and Austin P. McKenzie in Spring Awakening (©Joan Marcus) Reviving a hit musical less than ten years after its original production closed could be considered foolhar…

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

'Fulfillment' - A Haunting Portrait of Life in Contemporary New York by Andy Propst

Susannah Flood and Gbenga Akinnagbe in Fulfillment (©Hunter Canning) When audiences meet Michael (Gbenga Akinnagbe), the central character in Thomas Bradshaw’s new play Fulfillm…

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Monday, September 21, 2015

'How to Live on Earth,' 'Pondling,' 'Desire' - Thwarted Dreams by Andy Propst

Charles Socarides and Amelia Workman in How to Live on Earth (©Hunter Canning) There are a host of dreamers filling off-Broadway stages right now. Sadly, most of them are finding them…

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Friday, September 18, 2015

'Hamlet in Bed' - A Contemporary Tale, Riffing on the Bard by Andy Propst

Michael Laurence and Annette O’Toole in Hamlet in Bed (©Tristan Fuge) Writer-performer Michael Laurence enjoys riffing on classic texts. About six years ago in Krapp 39, he offe…

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'The Christians' - Watching Beliefs Change, Crumble by Andy Propst

Linda Powell, Andrew Garman, Larry Powell, and Philip Kerr in The Christians (©Joan Marcus) Can people change their fundamental beliefs? Can religions evolve? These two questions lie a…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

'Stoopdreamer' - Memories of an Old Neighborhood by Andy Propst

Playwright Pat Fenton delivers a gentle ode to an era, a place, and a romance which have all seemingly disappeared forever in Stoopdreamer, now playing at the cell in Chelsea. A collection …

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

'Empire Travel Agency' - Immersive Drama Extraordinaire by Andy Propst

Todd D'Amour in Empire Travel Agency (©Mitch Dean) At this juncture, raving about Woodshed Collective’s Empire Travel Agency feels incredibly unfair. This immersive thriller tha…

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Monday, September 14, 2015

'Sex of the Baby' - Sex Farce-Laced Dramedy by Andy Propst

Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Marinda Anderson, and Devin Norik in Sex of the Baby (©Russ Rowland) The characters in Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s Sex of the Baby, which has just opened at the A…

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