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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mixed Blessings in "Our Lady of 121st Street" by Broadwayandme

Although separated by five centuries and different codes of acceptable onstage profanity, the playwrights William Shakespeare and Stephen Adly Guirgis have a lot in common. Wait; hear me out…

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Taking Time Out, Sort Of... by Broadwayandme

No show reviews this week.  And no real good excuse for not doing one, except that the weather is suddenly beautiful and I feel like kicking back and taking it easy. But I haven't been …

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Unabashed Confessions of a "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Fangirl by Broadwayandme

My name is Jan and I'm a Harry Potter fangirl. Seriously. I mean I pre-ordered the published script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Amazon, downloaded the Kindle vers…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

"A Brief History of Women" and "Summer and Smoke" May Be Minor Pieces by Master Writers But They're Still Worth Seeing by Broadwayandme

We theater junkies can be a demanding lot. And sometimes we let our pursuit of the excellent get in the way of our enjoying the very good. At least that's how I've been feeling about two sho…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

An Ironic Intermission by Broadwayandme

The irony is that I've been seeing so many shows lately that I've fallen behind on just about everything else and so find that I don't have the time to tell you about them. I'm hoping to cli…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

...And We're Off Into Awards Season 2018 by Broadwayandme

Let the games begin.  The spring theater season officially closed Thursday night with the opening of The Iceman Cometh, which means the Tony nominators will be toting up their scorecard…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

My Last "King Lear"...At Least for A While by Broadwayandme

Traditions says that King Lear is the most difficult role in the English-speaking theatrical canon. So as soon as actors hit their 50s, they start itching to take on the challenge. Which exp…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Totally Winning Revival of "Lobby Hero" by Broadwayandme

Few things make me happier than seeing my husband K enjoy a good laugh while he's watching a show. And so that alone would be reason enough for me to cheer the revival (and Broadway debut) o…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Against the Odds With "The Lucky Ones" by Broadwayandme

We're in the midst of an American musicals renascence so vibrant that even people who can't name the Big Five R&H shows know the names Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pasek & Paul and Kristen An…

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

"Escape to Margaritaville" and "Frozen" Are Aimed Directly at Their Fans' Sweet Spots by Broadwayandme

Tourists now make up 60% of the Broadway audience and seeing a Broadway show for most of those folks means seeing a big, splashy musical. And if it has a title they already know, so much the…

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

"Admissions" Only Partially Succeeds by Broadwayandme

Race has long been—long as in ever since white settlers arrived in the New World, took territory from the natives and then imported enslaved Africans to work that land—a divisive issue i…

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Turning on the Ghost Light and Heading West... by Broadwayandme

No post this week because my husband K and I have gone off on a quick vacation to the west coast.  But the theater season is kicking into high gear and I'll be back next week.  In …

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

"A Letter to Harvey Milk" is Truly Sincere by Broadwayandme

There is an unapologetic sweetness to the musical A Letter to Harvey Milk that won me over despite the many flaws of this show which opened this week in the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row.Base…

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Yes, There Are Shows I Like: "Edward Albee's At Home At the Zoo" and "Hangmen" by Broadwayandme

A couple of weeks ago, a friend remarked that most of my recent reviews have been negative. "Haven't you liked anything you've seen," she asked. Well, yes I have. But since starting the Stag…

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

"In the Body of the World" is an Ego Trip by Broadwayandme

It's been 20 years since the dance critic Joan Acocella declared that she wouldn't critique a piece that the choreographer Bill T. Jones had centered on terminally ill people and his own dia…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Celebrating B&Me's 11th Anniversary by Broadwayandme

It's hard to believe that I've been writing this blog for 11 years but that's what the calendar tells me. As longtime readers may remember, I posted a "Curtain-Raiser" on Feb. 14, 2007 (I've…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

"[porto]" is a Romcom for Millennials to Love by Broadwayandme

[Porto],  And judging by the knowing laughter from the 20- and 30-somethings in the audience at the performance I attended, she's hit her intended mark.the oddly punctuated romantic com…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Fire and Air" Fails to Ignite Any Passion by Broadwayandme

The creative ferment at the beginning of the last century rivaled that of the Renaissance. Painters like Pablo Picasso and Vasily Kandisnky restructured painting. Composers like Claude Debus…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Balls" Falls Too Short of Its Ambitious Goals by Broadwayandme

People don't usually make too big a deal about a 45th anniversary. After all, the much more impressive-sounding 50th is so close. But the 1973 match between Billie Jean King, a 29-year-old t…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Why I Didn't Love "Stories By Heart" by Broadwayandme

When theater lovers want to express their deep devotion to an actor as formidably talented as John Lithgow, they often say they would be content to listen to him if he were just reading the …

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dethroning "Farinelli and the King" by Broadwayandme

Is Mark Rylance the greatest actor of our time? Over the course of a three-decade career, he's won three Tonys, two Oliviers and an Oscar. Last year, the Queen knighted him for his service t…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Some of My Favorite Theater Things in 2017 by Broadwayandme

As usual, I'm late to the party of 10 Bests Lists. All the others began going up the moment Christmas trees started sprouting on New York City street corners. But my tardiness matters even l…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas... by Broadwayandme

...a belated Happy Chanukah, a tardy Good Winter Solstice, a slightly premature Joyous Kwaanza and the all-pervasive hope that however you celebrate it, your holiday season will sparkle with…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Turning on the Ghost Light, Again by Broadwayandme

It's been a month since I've turned on the ghost light that theaters use when they're empty and that I use to signal that there will be no regular post today. And I'm not happy about doing i…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

How I Got Stranded by "Once on This Island" by Broadwayandme

It's no fun being a party-pooper. But that's the role I find myself in when it comes to the revival of Once on This Island, the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahaerty musical that opened this wee…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

"School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play" Scores High Grades Across the Board by Broadwayandme

The actress Jocelyn Bioh was a total delight in such shows as An Octoroon, Men on Boats and Everybody, bringing an extra zip to every line she spoke. So I figured a play Bioh wrote might be …

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Too Pooped to Turn on the Ghost Light by Broadwayandme

No post today. And I'm too pooped to even turn on the ghost light that usually indicates I'm taking a break. Here's why: Over the past week, I've:•taped my first episode of TheatreTal…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

"The Portuguese Kid" is Totally Juvenile by Broadwayandme

Nobody bats a thousand. It's unfair of us theater lovers to expect our favorite writers and directors to knock one out of the park (last sports metaphor, I promise) each time they come up wi…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

"People, Places & Things" is a Good Thing by Broadwayandme

The story that British playwright Duncan Macmillan tells in People, Places & Things isn't new. But the brilliant way in which this tale about a woman's struggles with alcoholism and addi…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

"After the Blast" Finds Uplift in a Dystopia by Broadwayandme

In these challenging times, a play that makes a convincing argument for why it's important to continue on despite overwhelming odds is especially welcomed. And that's exactly what LCT3's pro…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

"The Home Place" is Underfurnished by Broadwayandme

All the comments I overhead at the Irish Repertory Theatre Company's revival of Brian Friel's The Home Place seemed to be about the set. Decorated with prettily painted flats and lots o…

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