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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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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The Music Man by Elyse Trevers

When was the last time you smiled for two hours? Were you wearing a mask? Under their masks, audiences at the Winter Garden Theater are grinning broadly eight times a week. Despite any criti…

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Skeleton Crew by Elyse Trevers

For many audiences, Phylicia Rashad will always be the elegant unflappable TV wife/mother/lawyer in The Cosby Show. She came into their homes every Thursday like a welcome friend. After the …

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Intimate Apparel by Elyse Trevers

Lynn Nottage must be the hardest-working playwright in New York, having written three shows for the Fall 2022 season. First was Clyde, a terrific show about ex-convicts and second chances. D…

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Elyse Trevers

A viewer should be prepared for intense theater when attending a Eugene O’Neill play. If the show is “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” she should be ready for a lengthy assault on her…

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by Elyse Trevers

It’s been almost 25 years since the 1997 release of the first Harry Potter book. Its young readers have grown up, gotten jobs and now have families of their own. Do the Harry Potter charac…

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Assassins by Elyse Trevers

Only Stephen Sondheim could have taken a motley group of would-be murderers and made them sympathetic and funny. At one time, a musical about killing presidents would have been controversial…

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe by Elyse Trevers

It felt strange to be attending a show last Saturday night instead of sitting in front of the television waiting for SNL to begin. Fortunately, the play was “The Search for Signs of Intell…

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Company by Elyse Trevers

By now, everyone associated with musical theater has written a tribute to legend Stephen Sondheim who died Nov. 26, 2021 at age 91. Productive until the end, Sondheim died while working on a…

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire by Elyse Trevers

First let’s get rid of the elephant in the room- Rob McClure, hardworking star of Broadway’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” is NOT Robin Williams who created the 1993 movie role. However, he doesn…

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Trouble in Mind by Elyse Trevers

“What’s your justification?” demands the director, prodding his actors to consider their characters’ motivations in the play “Trouble in Mind.” Playwright Alice Childress had her…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards