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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Wiz" 4/17/24 by James Wilson

Although it won a slew of Tony Awards in 1975, The Wiz has never really been considered a great musical. In the right hands, however, it is a thoroughly enjoyable one, and its buoyant pleasu…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:10AM
Friday, April 12, 2024

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Outsiders" 4/11/24 by James Wilson

In his scathing review of The Outsiders, Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of S.E. Hinton's best-selling novel, New York Times critic Vincent Canby described the movie as "a melodramatic kid…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:05AM
Sunday, March 10, 2024

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Dead Outlaw" - 3/10/24 by James Wilson

If you appreciate macabre stories, here's one you might enjoy: In 1976, a teamster working on an episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man" made a gruesome discovery. One of the dummies hanging…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:01PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Pericles" - 2/26/24 by James Wilson

For Shakespearian scholars, Pericles, Prince of Tyre remains a profoundly enigmatic work. While some historians have attributed sole authorship to Shakespeare, most now agree that he wrote a…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:15AM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Seven Year Disappear" - 2/26/24 by James Wilson

With its use of deliberately over-amplified and disembodied voices, video close-ups, and shiny, modernist design, The New Group's production of the The Seven Year Disappear would seem to be …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:15AM
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Sunset Baby" - 2/20/24 by James Wilson

Singer and songwriter Nina Simone was a clarion voice of the Black Power Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In songs like "Mississippi Goddam" and "Old Jim Crow," Simone's words and music prov…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:26AM
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Warrior Sisters of Wu" - 2/14/24 by James Wilson

"Romance of the Three Kingdoms," the classic 14th century Chinese novel attributed to author Luo Guanzhong, is a sprawling epic that merges history, fiction and mythology. The book comprises…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:21PM
Friday, February 9, 2024

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy" - 2/8/24 by James Wilson

The subtitle of Sarah Gancher's Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy, currently running at the Vineyard Theatre (and in association with Geva Theatre Center), calls to mind a host of sitco…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:57AM
Friday, December 1, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Spain" - 11/30/23 by James Wilson

The classic 1937 film, The Spanish Earth, is a fascinating marriage of art and propaganda. Filmed during the Spanish Civil War, the documentary captures scenes from actual battles and shows …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:16AM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "New York, New York" 4/26/23 by James Wilson

Last fall, the Museum of Broadway opened in Midtown Manhattan. For a hefty admission fee, individuals can meander through a series of interactive exhibits that creatively and wistfully evoke…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:48PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Scene Partners" - 11/15/23 by James Wilson

The set-up is almost as old as Hollywood itself: A woman announces to her family that she is abandoning her stultifying home life and is heading to California to be a glamorous and world-fam…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "War Words" - 11/14/23 by James Wilson

According to recent statistics, less than one percent of all Americans actively serve in the military. This means that most people living in the United States do not have any personal contac…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Sabbath's Theater" - 11/2/23 by James Wilson

Philip Roth's 1995 novel "Sabbath's Theater" is a sprawling, ambitious work that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the National Book Award. Arguably, it is also one of Roth's most…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 02:45AM
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" - 10/30/23 by James Wilson

The American musical theatre pantheon is teeming with cads, grifters and swindlers. Pal Joey's Joey Evans, Music Man's's Harold Hill, How to Succeed's J. Pierrepont Finch, and The Producers'…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:25AM
Thursday, October 26, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Emergence" - 10/25/23 by James Wilson

"Things are not as they seem." This is both the subtitle and guiding mantra of Emergence, Patrick Olson's strangely captivating new show currently playing at Manhattan's Signature Center. (E…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:35AM
Friday, October 20, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Partnership" - 10/19/23 by James Wilson

Last year, New York's invaluable Mint Theater Company presented Chains, Elizabeth Baker's trenchant drama from 1909 about the apparent impossibility of having both a happy marriage and a ful…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:58AM
Friday, October 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "South" - 10/13/23 by James Wilson

Near the end of South, Florencia Iriondo's autobiographical show, the Argentina-born writer and performer explains, "That constant sense of nostalgia defines me more than any address can." N…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:24PM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Pay the Writer" - 8/21/23 by James Wilson

"Pay the Writer" could be this summer's rallying cry for the striking members of the Writer's Guild of America, but it is also the name of Tawni O'Dell's new play about a celebrated writer's…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:31AM
Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Toros" - 8/1/23 by James Wilson

Although Toros, Danny Tejera's play currently running at Second Stage's McGinn/Cazale Theater, takes place in a posh suburb in Madrid, the twenty-something characters are metaphorically at s…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:07AM
Monday, July 31, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Half-God of Rainfall" - 7/31/23 by James Wilson

For basketball aficionados, the all-time great players–LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and others on the deified short list of the NBA pantheon–are not mere mortals. They ar…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:03PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Rock & Roll Man" - 6/21/23 by James Wilson

Although largely forgotten today, disc jockey and performance promoter Alan Freed is an important figure in popular music history. He is credited with standardizing the term "rock and roll,"…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:09AM
Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground" - 6/20/23 by James Wilson

"Great American–not great president." This is how a poll of 75 historians damningly characterized Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1962, not even two years after he left office. Richard Hellesen's …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:15PM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "This Land Was Made" - 6/4/23 by James Wilson

The narrator and main character of Tori Sampson's This Land Was Made, now running at the Vineyard Theatre, identifies herself as a griot. Simultaneously storytellers, poets, and living archi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:11AM
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Bernarda's Daughters" - 5/23/23 by James Wilson

In lieu of a playbill or the increasingly more ubiquitous fliers containing a digital QR code, audiences attending Bernarda's Daughters, Diane Exavier's elegiac play currently running at the…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:19AM
Friday, May 19, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Fears" - 5/18/23 by James Wilson

Construction noise, profanity-shouting pedestrians, non-stop emergency-vehicle sirens, and the booming music of pedicabs can certainly pose an obstacle for individuals hoping to find quiet s…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:59AM
Monday, May 15, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Romeo and Juliet" - 5/14/23 by James Wilson

"For never was a story of more woe/ Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." Thus concludes one of Shakespeare's best-known and most-performed plays. In the boisterous, gag-filled production pres…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:48AM
Monday, May 8, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Sorry for Your Loss" - 5/8/23 by James Wilson

"You think things are one way, but they can be another way." This reversal of expectations is a recurring theme throughout Michael Cruz Kayne's Sorry for Your Loss, the new one-person show p…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:01PM
Sunday, May 7, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Oliver!" - 5/6/23 by James Wilson

There have been numerous hit Hollywood animated family films that include serious or dramatic content and some that even feature death. In the Walt Disney classic Bambi, the young deer must …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:30AM
Friday, May 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "shadow/land" - 5/4/23 by James Wilson

The press materials for Erika Dickerson-Despenza's new play at the Public Theater request that the title, shadow/land, be documented using lowercase letters. In the first thirty minutes or s…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:18AM
Monday, April 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Prima Facie" 4/23/23 by James Wilson

As modernist playwrights such as Ibsen and Shaw demonstrated, theatre has the power to rattle the cultural consciousness and shine the spotlight on pressing contemporary social and political…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:58AM
Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "White Girl in Danger" - 4/10/23 by James Wilson

In his Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson skewered the predominantly white theatre industry through the main character's effort to create a "big…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:48AM

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