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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Two Shocking Plays Written 400 Years Apart by Linda

In December, I wrote a blog post for about how I was unsettled (in a good way) by a lot of theater I had been seeing. This week I have two plays to add to the list of shows that s…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thoughts on the 2015 Tony Nominations by Linda

We all know that awards are subjective and don't mean that much and all that, but boy, do we theater fans love talking (and tweeting and writing) about them. That's why I write this post eve…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Some Dialogue In Small Mouth Sounds, But The Rest is Silence by Linda

"Each time we invite you to Ars Nova, we go all out to deliver an experience like no other," reads the program note from Jason Eagan and Renee Blinkwolt, artistic and managing directors. The…

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Want Discount Tickets to The Lion? by Linda

I recently wrote a story about how Benjamin Scheuer turned his life into the musical The Lion with the help of director Sean Daniels. You can read it in TDF Stages. If you haven't seen the s…

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So, Why Was The Baker's Wife A Flop? by Linda

Fans of musical theater history have the rare chance to see The Baker's Wife, the troubled 1976 musical that played a pre-Broadway tour but never made it to Broadway. I figured there was a r…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Long Story Short at 59E59 by Linda

If you're meant to be with someone, you'll know. That's what Hope (Pearl Sun) and Charles (Bryce Ryness) were raised to believe. She was told the Chinese legend that a red string tied to you…

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Seeing Place Takes on Othello by Linda

The mission of off-off-Broadway theater company The Seeing Place is one that I think everyone can get behind--to make theater approachable and affordable (all tickets are $15). Its sixth sea…

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Friday, February 20, 2015

One Day Has A Case Of The Glee Problem by Linda

The program of One Day: The Musical includes statistics about problems that teenagers face. Approximately 2.7 million students are bullied each year. Suicide is the cause of about 4,400 deat…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Introduction to Baba Brinkman by Linda

On Sunday, I saw my first (and probably not my last) Baba Brinkman show, Rap Guide to Religion. It's the latest of the Canadian hip-hop artist's rap guides (he's also covered evolu…

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Off-Broadway, Offices Provide the Setting For Master Classes in Acting by Linda

Allen Moyer's set for Rasheeda Speaking is so realistic that I had doctor's office anxiety just waiting for the show to begin. I didn't get anymore comfortable as it went on, but a play abou…

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Monday, January 12, 2015

A Good Thing Going by Linda

92Y has a good thing going with the educational and entertaining Lyrics & Lyricists series. If you are a musical theater fan with no plans tonight, I suggest you get a ticket for the fin…

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Contest: Win Tickets To Disenchanted by Linda

If you've seen Into The Woods and are looking for more fairy tales with a twist, you might want to enter to win a pair of tickets to Disenchanted! It's a satirical musical abo…

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

It's Only A Play Reality Index by Linda

Today is the last day to see Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, and Rupert Grint in It's Only A Play. Martin Short, Katie Finneran, and Maulik Pancholy join the cast on January 7. So in honor…

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Broadway Magic by Linda

Whoever decided to include a Broadway stop on The Illusionists--Witness The Impossible tour is pretty smart. It's in town through January 4 and though it's not exactly a holiday show, it is …

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Q&A & Ice Cream With Josh Kaufman by Linda

This morning, I joined the new star of Pippin and winner of the sixth season of The Voice, Josh Kaufman, for the unveiling of the new "High-Flying Sundae" at Serendipity 3. It consists …

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Friday, November 7, 2014

A Strong Start to The New Group's 20th Anniversary Season by Linda

The New Group kicks off its 20th anniversary season (in its new space at the Pershing Square Signature Center) with the first major New York revival of David Rabe's disturbing 1971 play …

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Tziporela Brings Its Quirky Brand of Comedy to the U.S. by Linda

Combining dance, music, comedy, and charming accents, Israeli theater troupe Tziporela is a welcome addition to the downtown theater scene. The company is making its…

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Play Has A Hot Tub And Takes You Back In Time by Linda

It sounds like a good writing exercise: write a play which requires an actual Jacuzzi. I'm not sure if that's what gave The Debate Society (Paul Thureen, Hannah Bos, and Oliver Butler) the i…

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Revivals on Broadway by Linda

Do you remember those old NBC commercials for reruns? "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you." That's how I feel about revivals. Though sometimes they seem like the safe choice, there will…

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Contest: Win Tickets to Stalking the Bogeyman by Linda

Stalking the Bogeyman opened at New World Stages on Monday. Based on the true story made famous on the radio show "This American Life," it follows journalist David Holthouse's secret pursuit…

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Q&A with Mark Childers, Bookwriter of the Musical Love Quirks by Linda

The new musical Love Quirks started out as a song cycle by composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh. Now it's a book musical about four roommates (two straight women, a gay man, and a straigh…

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: ROCOCO ROUGE (Company XIV) by Dmitry Zvonkov and Lindaann Loschiavo

A CABARET SHOW THAT GOES FOR BAROQUE Mae West, the sage and sybarite from Brooklyn, used to say, “Let joy be unrefined,” a point of view that also suits Austin McCormick, artistic direct…

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Interactive Theater on Governors Island by Linda

I'm not usually into audience participation. I'd rather watch the actors from a safe distance. I'm also not good at making decisions. I'm always afraid to make the wrong choice. So Trade Pra…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How Zak Resnick Became My New Theater Crush by Linda

You might not have heard of Bert Berns, but you've definitely heard his songs. "Twist and Shout." "I Want Candy." "Hang On Sloopy." Just to name a few. People remember who performed these so…

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The Atomic Bomb Set To Rock Music by Linda

When I told my mom I was seeing a new musical Atomic (she likes to hear about the shows I see), she said, "Like the atomic bomb?" and laughed, thinking it couldn't actually be abou…

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Contest: Win Copies of Martin McDonagh Plays by Linda

The Cripple of Inishmaan, one of my favorite productions of the season, is sadly closing soon--on July 20. Maybe you saw the play and want to learn more about McDonagh or maybe you're alread…

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Phantom Take Three by Linda

Photo credit: Matthew MurphyI know it's not cool for theater kids to admit to liking The Phantom of the Opera, but I do. The story is a fascinating one (there's a reason the 1909 book has be…

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Broadway Up Close by Linda

Though I know a lot about Broadway, I still have more to learn, and I recently had the chance to do that on a Broadway Up Close walking tour, which caters to all prior knowledge levels. Our …

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Michael Shannon is Killer (But Not The Killer) by Linda

Let me just get this out of the way: I'm not that into Eugéne Ionesco. I think it's important for critics to acknowledge their biases because everyone has them and I prefer realism to absur…

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What You Missed at the 2014 Theatre World Awards by Linda

For me, the highlight of theater award season is the Theatre World Awards ceremony. It recognizes twelve actors making a significant, reviewable Broadway or Off-Broadway debut. The recipient…

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Samuel D. Hunter Hits Me Where I Live (Again) by Linda

It's hard for me to talk/write about Samuel D. Hunter's work because I have such a strong emotional response that feels very personal to me. So I suggest you stop reading right now and just …

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