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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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Friday, December 3, 2021

Clyde by Elyse Trevers

For some, food is merely sustenance; for others, it is an art form. And for the former convicts who work at Clyde’s, a truck stop in Berks County, Pennsylvania, the perfect sandwich may of…

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Morning’s at Seven by Elyse Trevers

Siblings can be a blessing. It’s even nicer when they live nearby. In “Morning’s at Seven,” the revival of Paul Osborne’s play at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, they are a little …

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The Visitor by Elyse Trevers

Photo credit: Joan Marcus We have a conflict in America. While it is built on the shoulders of immigrants,and the Statue of Liberty stands tall in New york harbor, our policies discourage im…

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Girl From the North Country by Elyse Trevers

A group of characters gather at Laine’s boarding house. They are running away from something or to something. It is 1934 in Duluth, MI, ( actual birthplace of Bob Dylan) and people are sti…

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Mrs.Warren’s Profession by Elyse Trevers

The playwright George Bernard Shaw must have been a feminist long before the movement became popular. He used his plays to decry the few opportunities for women and observed how they were be…

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Thoughts of a Colored Man by Elyse Trevers

  One young man rejects a scholarship to MIT so he can stay home to care for his mother and younger siblings; he’s Depression. An older Nigerian man shares knowledge and tales from his yo…

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Fairycakes by Elyse Trevers

If I had a product to sell, I’d hire comedian /actress Jackie Hoffman to be my spokesperson. With her rubbery face and perpetually dour expression, she’s believable. She would never lie!…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother ( a learning Play) by Elyse Trevers

The playbill for Bertolt Brecht’s play The Mother suggests immediately that the drama at The Performing Garage will be unique. Brecht himself noted that the aim of the play is not to enter…

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Lehman Trilogy by Elyse Trevers

On September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. It was the climax of the subprime mortgage crisis, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, involving more than US $600 bi…

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues by Elyse Trevers

Ruben Santiago-Hudson was raised by his grandmother. So he did what any talented theater person would do-he wrote a play about her! “Lackawanna Blues” is Santiago-Hudson’s paean to his…

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Six The Musical by Elyse Trevers

To many,“Six the Musical” was the show that was mere hours away from opening night when Broadway shut down in March 2020. A smash hit in London’s West End, the show had already created…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Pass Over by Elyse Trevers

Language plays a significant role in “Pass Over,” the play by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, whether through repetition, ambiguity or cultural references. It begins with the title referring…

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Monday, July 26, 2021

King Lear by Elyse Trevers

“I don’t remember Christopher Lloyd,” said the woman sitting behind us in the outdoor theater. “Jim from the TV show Taxi,” we reminded her. “Oh, the crazy one.” For some, Lloy…

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) by Elyse Trevers

It almost felt normal. Although we had to wear masks to enter the theater and show proof of vaccination to get our seats, we were actually in an Off-Broadway theater sitting next to other pa…

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A Letter To Harvey Milk by Elyse Trevers

In the 1970’s, Harvey Milk, a gay charismatic politican, was assassinated for being openly homosexual. Using him as a pivotal character, Jerry James, Laura I. Kramer, Ellen M. Schwartz, an…

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

John Cullum: An Accidental Star by Elyse Trevers

Full disclaimer: I am a John Cullum fan, so when I read that he was doing a one-man show tracing his long career, I looked forward to it. Filmed earlier this year and recorded with pianist J…

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Review: The Year of Magical Thinking by Elyse Trevers

In her landmark book On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross details the five stages of grief. Approaching it on a personal level in The Year of Magical Thinking, writer Joan Didion shares…

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Monday, March 15, 2021

NY PopsUp! Theater coming back to New York in April by Elyse Trevers

It has been over a year since Broadway theaters shut down, putting tens of thousands of people out of work. As more people are getting vaccinated and restaurants, gyms and bars are increasin…

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Estella Scrooge “A Christmas Carol with a Twist” by Elyse Trevers

Everything old can be new again with creativity. The question is how to make the traditional relevant and, more importantly, how to attract paying viewers. John Caird and Paul Gordon collabo…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Dracula by Elyse Trevers

It was a different kind of Halloween this year-no New York’s Village Halloween Parade, no house parties, not even a lot of trick or-treaters. Many houses posted signs saying “no candy, s…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

American Dreams by Elyse Trevers

  One of the controversial campaign issues this election year is immigration and the Zoom show “American Dreams” deals with the thorny issue head on. By participating in a game show, th…

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Review: The Line by Elyse Trevers

  I challenge you to watch The Line, streaming on The Public Theater site or YouTube, without being emotionally moved. Presented in the documentary style they used so successfully with Exon…

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Homebound Project- No Kid Hungry by Elyse Trevers

The statistics are staggering and heartbreaking. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 out of 7 children was food-deprived. Now it is estimated that 1 out of 4 children is going hungry. With schoo…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Performers and Crew are Helping Out in the Fight against Covid19 by Elyse Trevers

What do you do when the show you are working on goes on hiatus and you are self-quarantined? If you are a member of a theater union like Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE or United S…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Review: The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Elyse Trevers

Nothing can defeat the spunky Molly Brown – not poverty, hunger, illiteracy or even a sinking ship. She reminds us of her feisty spirit when she sings “till I leave the rear / It’s fro…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: Grand Horizons by Elyse Trevers

Even seemingly well-adjusted families can be messy. In the new play “Grand Horizons,” by Bess Wohl (“Small Mouths,” “Make Believe,”) a retired librarian, Nancy (the wonderful Jan…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Review: Romeo and Bernadette by Elyse Trevers

Romeo lives! At the end of the famous tragedy by Shakespeare, the young hero drinks poison and dies, but in “Romeo and Bernadette,“ the original Off-Broadway musical, an Amas Musical Th…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

A slate of great kids entertainment coming to Madison Square Garden by Elyse Trevers

  A simple railroad or subway ride leads you right to Madison Square Garden for top-notch children’s entertainment. Shows are varied with appeal to youngsters and, often, even their paren…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Review: The Thin Place by Elyse Trevers

I am intrigued by mentalists and mediums and always excited about a play that uses spiritualism as its theme. Even more so when the playwright is Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2, and H…

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