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Thursday, January 18, 2024

The Motive and The Cue by Elyse Trevers

On the recent three day MLK weekend, I took a busman’s holiday, flew to London and attended several shows. The first one I saw was The Motive and the Cue, presented by the National Theatre…

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Gardens of Anuncia by Elyse Trevers

Should you talk to your plants? Science shows that the sound of a human voice helps them grow. It’s also therapeutic for the gardener. In “The Gardens of Anuncia” at Lincoln Center The…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Gutenberg! The Musical! by Elyse Trevers

Who was Johannes Gutenberg? We all know him as the inventor of the printing press which enabled more people to learn how to read.In the musical “Gutenberg,” playwrights Doug (Andrew Rann…

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Monday, December 18, 2023

How To Dance In Ohio by Elyse Trevers

When we become part of an audience, we bring more than our physical selves to the theater. We bring our experiences, our attitudes and even our prejudices. When I attended the matinee of “…

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Hell’s Kitchen by Elyse Trevers

On the surface, Ali, the main character in the new show “Hell’s Kitchen” at The Public Theater directed by Michael Greif, is a typical 17 year old girl with an easily relatable problem…

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Mind Mangler:A Night of Tragic Illusion by Elyse Trevers

At the “Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion,” I hoped to be amused as well as amazed. After all, the show at New World Stages is a Mischief Production, the group that produced “Th…

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Friday, November 24, 2023

Spamalot by Elyse Trevers

Even before we found our seats at the St James Theater, it was easy to gauge the emotions of the audience. Its mood was downright giddy. With so much tension and anger in the world today, ev…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

I Can Get It For You Wholesale by Elyse Trevers

It ‘s hard to enjoy a musical when you can’t root for the main character. Although he is attractive and good to his mother, Harry Bogen (well-played by Santino Fonana,) is an opportunist…

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

I Need That by Elyse Trevers

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and that adage has never proven as true as in Theresa Rebeck’s new play “I Need That” in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production at Amer…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Here Lies Love by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman When I first saw “Here Lies Love” in 2013 at the Public Theater, I was one of several people who stood on the theater floor a…

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Friday, October 27, 2023

Swing State by Elyse Trevers

photo by Liz Lauren The title of Rebeca Gilman’s latest play, “Swing State,” suggests that it deals with politics. Although it is set in Wisconsin, which is a swing state, the differen…

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain by Elyse Trevers

So much has been written about Shakespeare over the years that it’s a challenge to find a novel approach to discuss his work. Yet actor Patrick Page (“Hadestown,” “Spider-man Turn Of…

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy Getting married and becoming an American citizen are two events in Jaja’s life. However, “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding” by Jocelyn Bion is more universal than…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Purlie Victorious : A Non-Confederate Romp through the Cotton Patch by Elyse Trevers

It’s been over 60 years since “Purlie Victorious” played on Broadway. Written by actor Ossie Davis and premiering in 1961, sadly the play feels as relevant as when it first opened. Def…

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors by Elyse Trevers

The name Dracula always evokes iconic images of the fang-baring scary creature dressed in black. Think Bela Lugosi. Or the Count. Or even the incredibly sensual heartthrob portrayal by Frank…

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Monday, September 4, 2023

Pay The Writer by Elyse Trevers

The Off-Broadway show Pay The Writer at The Pershing Square Signature Center asks what it costs a writer to pursue his art. It focuses on Cyrus Holt (Ron Canada,) a celebrated author coming …

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Back To The Future : The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Hugo Glendinning Broadway tickets can be expensive, especially for musicals. But you really get your money’s worth when you attend “Back to the Future:The Musical.” It’s got…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Shark is Broken by Elyse Trevers

It’s been almost 50 years since the release of the movie Jaws. Directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975, it was based on the 1974 novel by Peter Benchley and starred Roy Scheider as a police c…

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Monday, August 14, 2023

The Cottage by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus If you don’t keep your eyes fixed on the stage at The Hayes Theater at all times during “The Cottage,” you are likely to miss some of the show’s most humorous mo…

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Once Upon A One More Time by Elyse Trevers

Once upon a time, children were raised on fairy tales where the beautiful princess waited to be rescued by the valiant handsome prince. Today those stories have been changed to reflect a dif…

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Rock and Roll Man by Elyse Trevers

Ever heard of Alan Freed? If so, then you might enjoy Rock & Roll Man, the musical at New World Stages. Freed was the risk-taking disc jockey who coined the term “Rock and Roll” but …

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Days of Wine and Roses by Elyse Trevers

photo by Ahron R. Foster Based upon the 1962 movie starring Jack Lemon and Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses is now a musical at Atlantic Theater Company, starring the divine Kelli O’Hara…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Primary Trust by Elyse Trevers

The world is so chaotic that sometimes all a viewer wants is a slice-of-life story with a happy ending. Primary Trust, the new play by Eboni Booth, a Roundabout Theatre Company production at…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Prima Facie by Elyse Trevers

By definition, the legal term prima facie means the first impression, accepted as correct until proven otherwise. The theatrical term Prima Facie refers to an exciting one-woman play starrin…

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Shucked by Elyse Trevers

Despite its seemingly unsophisticated vibe, Shucked is an extremely polished, well-crafted musical. After all, the show is directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Full Monty, Porgy and Bess, …

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Monday, May 1, 2023

New York, New York by Elyse Trevers

I am a native New Yorker, and I honestly love NYC. Although I know the city has its many flaws, I will defend it against all comers. Yet I cringed at the rosy ‘melting-pot’ version of th…

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Thanksgiving Play by Elyse Trevers

There’s a fine line between satire and silliness, and “The Thanksgiving Play” crosses that line too often. Playwright Larisa Fasthorse takes shots at well-meaning, naive white people t…

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Good Night, Oscar by Elyse Trevers

Sometimes performers are so good at their roles that they become forever identified with that part. For many, Sean Hayes will always be Jack on television’s “Will and Grace,” kooky, eg…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Sweeney Todd by Elyse Trevers

The last time I saw “Sweeney Todd,” it was as a barebones production of 10 performers, including Patty Lupone and Michael Cerveris. Each performer even played an instrument, and the show…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot by Elyse Trevers

I had such high hopes for the revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot at Lincoln Center Theater this season. The music was a known quantity- glorious, lush and romantic. The title song had b…

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Peter Pan Goes Wrong by Elyse Trevers

Some of my favorite theater moments have come when something unexpectedly went wrong onstage. Alan Bates caught a picture falling off the wall and ad libbed about poor housekeeping. Faith Pr…

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