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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Some Like It Hot by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy How would you define an old-fashioned musical? Maybe a show with non-stop singing and dancing, storylines that we accept even when implausible, a love story or two an…

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Ain’t No Mo’ by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus The day before I attended “Ain’t No Mo’,” a new comedy by Jordan E. Cooper, the show posted a closing notice for December 18. It is a unique satirical show that …

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Monday, December 5, 2022

A Man of No Importance by Elyse Trevers

photo by Julieta Cervantes Alfie is a quiet, ordinary man who is a ticket-taker on a bus during the day, but by evening he is the director of the players at St Imelda’s Church. The power o…

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

& Juliet by Elyse Trevers

At the end of Shakespeare’s classic play, “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet awakens to realize that Romeo is dead. Heartbroken, she commits suicide. What if she didn’t kill herself? What if…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Kimberly Akimbo by Elyse Trevers

“Kimberly Akimbo” opens with Kimberly approaching her 16th birthday; and nearing the end of her life expectancy. She is a special teenage girl who suffers from a rare condition that caus…

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Monday, November 14, 2022

The Old Man and The Pool by Elyse Trevers

photo by Emilio Madrid Cancer, type two diabetes, death. Hardly the fodder for comedy – Yet In the hands of Mike Birbiglia, this serious subject matter becomes hysterical in his latest one…

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Almost Famous: The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Photo-by-Matthew-Murphy A show about rock music should be loud. So loud that you feel the music going through you! When the cast of “Almost Famous: The Musical ” took the stage and perfo…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson by Elyse Trevers

photo-by-Julieta-Cervantes The true star of the revival of “August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson” isn’t Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks or John David Washington. Although the three ac…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Topdog, Underdog by Elyse Trevers

photo by Marc J. Franklin “Keep your eyes on the cards,” instructs the young man on stage as he shifts three playing cards around on a makeshift stand. It’s not so easy as we get lulle…

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Death of a Salesman by Elyse Trevers

The word revival suggests a renewal or improvement of something. So each time there’s a Broadway revival, the director tries to change something to encourage ticket sales. The recent hit �…

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Friday, October 14, 2022

Leopoldstadt by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus In his most personal work yet, playwright Tom Stoppard tells the story of the Merz family. Somewhat autobiographical, “Leopoldstadt” begins with a tableau of an exte…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Cost of Living by Elyse Trevers

photo credit @ Jeremy Daniel The play “Cost of Living” by Martyna Majok will touch your heart and resonate in your consciousness long after you’ve left the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. …

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Kinky Boots by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matt Murphy / @murphymade When a show moves from a big Broadway stage to an off-Broadway venue, something’s gotta give. Whether it’s the staging, the size of the cast, or the nu…

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Monday, August 22, 2022

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Aaron Cobb Do you believe that a person can be hypnotized? How about 20 people at the same time on a stage in front of an audience? As long as you believe or, at least, accept the p…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Butcher Boy by Elyse Trevers

Often a visit to the theater can be an opportunity for discovery. That’s what happened when I attended a performance of The Butcher Boy at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The musical, based u…

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Between the Lines by Elyse Trevers

Despite its charms, and there are many, the new musical “BetweenThe Lines” at the Tony Kiser Theater is a show in search of a target audience. Based upon a young adult novel by best-sell…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

The Kite Runner by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus Adapting a beloved bestselling book into a Broadway show is not without its challenges. While the show has name recognition and is sure to attract loyal readers, it also…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Into The Woods by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matt Murphy Sometimes those of us not easily impressed can be impressed. So it is with Into The Woods, now at the St. James Theater. The revival marks a return to the original, foll…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Richard III by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Joan Marcus Free Shakespeare in the Park is quintessential New York. If you are lucky enough to score the free tickets and it’s a gorgeous evening, theater doesn’t get any bette…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Fat Ham by Elyse Trevers

What? Another show about a moody, overweight, young Black man with family issues? Like “A Strange Loop,” “Fat Ham” hasan endearing young main character. But “Fat Ham” delivers mu…

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Orchard by Elyse Trevers

Classics remain classics because they speak to us-no matter when they were written or where they are set. In a newly-imagined version of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” a family remain…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Macbeth by Elyse Trevers

by Joan Marcus There’s something to be said for star power filling theater seats. Despite some tepid reviews for the latest version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the Longacre Theatre was fil…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mr. Saturday Night by Elyse Trevers

Mr. Saturday Night I’m a staunch Billy Crystal fan, and judging from the audience’s reaction at the Nederlander Theatre the other night, I’m not alone. I love Crystal’s quick wit, ea…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Paradise Square by Elyse Trevers

Once upon a time there was a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan called The Five Points. For over 70 years, it was a crowded slum, populated mostly by newly -freed slaves and ethnic Irish. Altho…

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

POTUS by Elyse Trevers

A female press secretary, a female chief of staff, a first lady and several female assistants but even all of them together can’t keep the hapless president from occasionally opening his m…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Hangmen by Elyse Trevers

Black comedy, or gallows humor, is a style of story telling that makes light of subject matter usually considered somewhat taboo, like death, suicide and disease. Either term applies to Mart…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Minutes by Elyse Trevers

“The Minutes” Playwright Tracy Letts possesses the extraordinary ability to lull an audience into expecting something dry and ordinary but then making it explosive. Teaming up again with…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Birthday Candles by Elyse Trevers

Food is often the centerpiece of family holidays and celebrations. In “Birthday Candles”, the new play presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre, the s…

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Harmony by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Julieta Cervantes When TV’s Murphy Brown was mocking singer Barry Manilow, I was buying his albums and attending his concerts. I was unabashedly a Fanilow. So I looked forward to …

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Take Me Out by Elyse Trevers

What a quandary! There was a new show to review, but it was opening night for my favorite baseball team. Which one should I choose? The theater won this time. A timely revival of Richard Gee…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Plaza Suite by Elyse Trevers

When we see married actor couples working together on stage, we feel a special connection. It’s as if we are in on the joke. We expect chemistry and smile when they kiss and caress because…

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