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Sunday, February 27, 2022

sandblasted: The Place of Black Women Today Given a Fantastical Look-See by David Finkle

★★★☆☆ Playwright Charly Evon Simpson has a strong but compromised say, mightily helped by her director and cast The post sandblasted: The Place of Black Women Today Given a Fantast…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:00PM
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

English: Playwright Sanaz Toossi Looks at Language in So Many Wise Words by David Finkle

★★★★☆ A smart cast, under Knud Adams' smart direction, speak in two tongues but both English The post English: Playwright Sanaz Toossi Looks at Language in So Many Wise Words appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Merchant of Venice: John Douglas Thompson’s Shylock Takes the Town by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Arin Arbus directs a cast in which some act flashily and some put too much flash in their acting The post The Merchant of Venice: John Douglas Thompson’s Shylock Takes the…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:59PM

Black No More: A New Musical About Black Lives Delivers So Much More by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and inspired colleagues, under Scott Elliott's direction, examine today's racist dilemmas The post Black No More: A New Musical About Black Live…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:31PM
Friday, February 11, 2022

The Music Man: Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster Band Together Okay by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Meredith Willson's joyful musical comedy is back, with Jerry Zaks directing and Warren Carlyle choreographing The post The Music Man: Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster Band Togethe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 12:53PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

Tambo & Bones: American Racism Probed in Ambitious, Faulty Comic Drama by David Finkle

★★★☆☆ Playwright Dave Harris plucks characters from long-repudiated minstrel shows to make his sadly pertinent points The post Tambo & Bones: American Racism Probed in Ambitiou…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:30PM
Thursday, February 3, 2022

The Tap Dance Kid: Taps 10, Direction 8, Score 5, Book 4 by David Finkle

★★★☆☆ Choreographer Jared Grimes brings cheer to the Henry Krieger-Robet Lorick-Charles Blackwell musical, directed by Kenny Leon The post The Tap Dance Kid: Taps 10, Direction 8, …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 12:47PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Prayer for the French Republic: Will Jews Always Have Paris and the Rest of France? by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Playwright Joshua Harmon confronts anti-Semitism, with brilliant cast and strong David Cromer direction The post Prayer for the French Republic: Will Jews Always Have Paris a…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:51PM
Monday, January 31, 2022

Intimate Apparel: Lynn Nottage’s First-Rate Play Opera-ized to No Evident Purpose by David Finkle

★★★☆☆ Ricky Ian Gordon's two-act composition is bolstered by strong ensemble singing, as Bartlett Sher directs The post Intimate Apparel: Lynn Nottage’s First-Rate Play Opera-ize…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Friday, January 28, 2022

The Collision/Martyrdom: Two Very Long One-Acts Come Up Short by David Finkle

★☆☆☆☆ The Lizzie Fox-Lily Riopelle Two Headed Rep troupe looks back a millennium for inspiration it doesn't entirely find The post The Collision/Martyrdom: Two Very Long One-Acts C…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Long Day’s Journey Into Night: Eugene O’Neill’s Classic Drastically Declassified by David Finkle

★★☆☆☆ Director Robert O'Hara needlessly updates the master as Elizabeth Marvel, Bill Camp, Jason Bowen, and Ato Blankson-Wood toil The post Long Day’s Journey Into Night: Eugene…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Kimberly Akimbo: David Lindsay-Abaire’s Akimbo Play Now Sings Out by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Ubiquitous composer Jeanine Tesori supplies music to tunes Victoria Clark, Bonnie Milligan and cast have good times with The post Kimberly Akimbo: David Lindsay-Abaire’s A…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:51PM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Selling Kabul: Worthy Drama About Afghanis in Torn-From-Headlines Distress by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Playwright Sylvia Khoury, director Tyne Rafaeli, four-member cast distinguish themselves on scarifying subject The post Selling Kabul: Worthy Drama About Afghanis in Torn-Fro…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:00PM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire: Musical Comedy Misfire from Something Rotten! Team by David Finkle

★★☆☆☆ Rob McClure plays the title figure with all engines running, Jerry Zaks directs with all engines revving. The post Mrs. Doubtfire: Musical Comedy Misfire from Something Rotte…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:50PM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin Hollywood Revue Reaching for the Highest Peak by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Randy Skinner conceives, directs and choreographs six deft singer-dancers, with sharp Barry Kleinbort book The post Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin Hollywood Revue Reaching for…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:00PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

A Sherlock Carol: Holmes Meets Ebenezer Scrooge in a Perfect Holiday Wrapping by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Mark Shanahan writes and directs a new mystery, with Drew McVety and Thom Sesma as the beloved fictional characters The post A Sherlock Carol: Holmes Meets Ebenezer Scrooge i…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Alchemist: Ben Jonson’s Jacobean Hilarity Gussied Up for Today’s Laugh Lovers by David Finkle

★★★★☆Jeffrey Hatcher and Red Bull's Jesse Berger rev up a classy set of farceurs, Red Rogers, Manoel Felciano among them The post The Alchemist: Ben Jonson’s Jacobean Hilarity Gu…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:00PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cullud Wattah: A Flint, Michigan Family Trying to Survive Enduring Water Plague by David Finkle

★★★★★ Erika Dickerson-Despenza protests an inexplicable situation through the eyes and miseries of five women. The post Cullud Wattah: A Flint, Michigan Family Trying to Survive …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:58PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Morning’s at Seven: Extra-Special Cast Does the Paul Osborn Classic Proud by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Dan Wackerman helms Lindsey Crouse, Alma Cuervo, Dan Lauria, Patty McCormack, Alley Mills, Tony Roberts, John Rubinstein The post Morning’s at Seven: Extra-Special Cast Doe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:59PM

Turtle on a Fence Post: First-Ever Revenge Musical Reaches Stage, Skids by David Finkle

★★★☆☆ Formerly imprisoned political strategist Hank Morris adds songs to his angry story The post Turtle on a Fence Post: First-Ever Revenge Musical Reaches Stage, Skids appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Nollywood Dreams: Jocelyn Bioh’s Laughalot Comedy About the Nigerian Film Industry by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Saheem Ali directs a hot cast in a sitcom/rom-com that brings back lightweight fare just when needed The post Nollywood Dreams: Jocelyn Bioh’s Laughalot Comedy About the Ni…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:50PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Trevor: Oscar-Winning Short Film Turns Into Overlong Musical by David Finkle

★★★☆☆ Story which spearheaded The Trevor Project comes to the musical comedy stage The post Trevor: Oscar-Winning Short Film Turns Into Overlong Musical appeared first on New York …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:38PM
Friday, November 5, 2021

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord: Performance Artist Wong Sews Masks Powerfully by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Founding a mask-making aggregate gives the activist incentive for excoriating the nation's Pandemic response The post Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord: Performance Artist W…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:58AM
Monday, November 1, 2021

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992: Anna Deavere Smith’s Stage Documentary Brilliantly Back by David Finkle

★★★★★ Taibi Magar directs a versatile five-member cast in a harsh look at racism then and now The post Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992: Anna Deavere Smith’s Stage Documentary Brillia…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Mrs. Warren’s Profession: Shaw’s Steadfast Feminism Tidily Displayed by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Gingold Theatrical Group's David Staller capably directs a Shavian cast, featuring Karen Ziemba and Robert Cuccioli The post Mrs. Warren’s Profession: Shaw’s Steadfast Fe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:12PM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Dana H.: Deirdre O’Connell Brilliant in Lucas Hnath’s Portrait of His Mother by David Finkle

★★★★☆ A lip-synched verbatim account on the five-month-long kidnapping of the playwright's mother. The post Dana H.: Deirdre O’Connell Brilliant in Lucas Hnath’s Portrait of Hi…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:59PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Thoughts of a Colored Man: Seven Men Splendidly Declare Who/Why They Are by David Finkle

★★★★★ Keenan Scott II's new play delves into the complex and cogent subject of Black men's lives mattering The post Thoughts of a Colored Man: Seven Men Splendidly Declare Who/Why…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:20PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Letters of Suresh: The Importance of Letter-Writing Admirably Proclaimed by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Rajiv Joseph's spiritual play with completely in-tune director May Adrales and cast, featuring Ramiz Monsef The post Letters of Suresh: The Importance of Letter-Writing Admir…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:50PM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Is This A Room: Chilling Verbatim FBI Investigation Into Government Whistleblower by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Conceiver-director Tina Satter's careful replication of shocking case, with Emily Davis as suspect Reality Winner The post Is This A Room: Chilling Verbatim FBI Investigation…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:49PM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Chicken & Biscuits: Dysfunctional Family Becomes Beautifully Functional by David Finkle

★★★★☆ Douglas Lyons's dramedy brought to pulsing life by director Zhailon Levingston and top-notch cast The post Chicken & Biscuits: Dysfunctional Family Becomes Beautifully …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:50PM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Lackawanna Blues: Ruben Santiago-Hudson Brillliantly Tour de Forcing by David Finkle

★★★★★ The actor-director lovingly revives a one-man work about his childhood and the woman who influenced it most The post Lackawanna Blues: Ruben Santiago-Hudson Brillliantly Tour…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:51PM