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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Maestro by Mark Dundas Wood

Eve Wolf’s play is essentially a monodrama, with John Noble portraying the title character. The production is a rich one, both visually and aurally. It features an abundance of live music,…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Real by Mark Dundas Wood

The supernatural scenario is a little like something one might find on an eerie episode of Alfred Hitchcock’s old TV anthology. Unfortunately, it all comes off as fairly stilted and heavy-…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Pirates of Penzance 2018 (NYGASP) by Mark Dundas Wood

In the plus column, it was easy on the eyes. Scenic designer Lou Anne Gilleland created agreeable though not particularly elaborate sets: a rocky stretch of seashore for the first act and a …

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Mark Dundas Wood

But these speeches are only a part of the soundscape. The production is suffused with music—all of it a cappella vocalizing by the cast. We hear barracks songs, patriotic songs, hymns and …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Net Will Appear by Mark Dundas Wood

Gradually, as the course of a year passes, we learn about the characters’ trouble-filled off-stage lives: Rory is coping with being part of a broken family; Bernard suffered loss early in …

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Child’s Christmas in Wales (2018) by Mark Dundas Wood

It’s a very presentational show. The six ensemble members comprise a sort of group narrator, working in tandem to relate the memories of the Thomas character for the audience—sometimes s…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The New One on Broadway by Mark Dundas Wood

"The New One," directed by Seth Barrish, is about Birbiglia and his wife’s decision to become parents, the struggles they go through to arrive at pregnancy, and his fretfulness about how b…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gloria: A Life by Mark Dundas Wood

The play succeeds in part because it takes such an upbeat view of Steinem and her career. Early in the play, the character proclaims herself to be a “hope-aholic”—and her stalwart opti…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade by Mark Dundas Wood

There are some fine elements in the portrayal. Arrow’s Kennedy-clan dialect seems believable—though maybe slightly over-baked at points (especially when, late in the play, he sings bits …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Yeomen of the Guard by Mark Dundas Wood

As for cast standouts, Greenwood excelled both musically and dramatically. His ringing, expressive vocals and crisp diction made him an audience favorite. And he created an effective charact…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review of ‘A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer’ by Mark Dundas Wood

Like his breakthrough 1944 play The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer (1979) is set in a humble St. Louis apartment in the 1930s. It’s another of the m…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Review of ‘Days to Come’ by Mark Dundas Wood

Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come (now at the Mint Theater Company) was not a success when it premiered in New York in 1936. In fact, this second play of the Hellman canon (after The Children…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The Actors Fund’s Performing Arts Legacy Project by Mark Dundas Wood

If you’re a celebrity actor, the world can easily learn about your life and career. You probably have your own website—and there may even be a fan-site or two out there devoted to you. I…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review of ‘My Life on a Diet’ by Mark Dundas Wood

My Life on a Diet, starring Renée Taylor (now at the Theatre at St. Clement’s), is also the name of a book by Taylor, published in 1986. The stage version has been around for a while too.…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review of ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ by Mark Dundas Wood

The plot of the 1965 Broadway musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever centers on reincarnation. A kooky young New Yorker, Daisy Gamble, visits a psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Bruckner, for help …

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review of ‘Transparent Falsehood: An American Travesty’ by Mark Dundas Wood

It seems sometimes that every other entertainer working these days has a Trump impersonation at the ready, though many seem to miss the mark by a mile. I’ve never been especially enthused …

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Review of ‘Judas’ by Mark Dundas Wood

Robert Patrick’s Judas comes to us from 1973, the same year in which his most famous drama, Kennedy’s Children, was first produced. Judas is a sort of modern-dress passion play—it trac…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: How Does Keen Company’s Revival of A.R. Gurney’s ‘Later Life’ Fare? by Mark Dundas Wood

In Henry James’ 1903 novella The Beast in the Jungle, a man named John Marcher fails to connect with a woman who cares for him. Marcher has a premonition that something horrible will befal…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: ‘Breitwisch Farm’ Bridges Chasm Between Red and Blue America by Mark Dundas Wood

There’s been some well-intentioned talk in the last couple of years about how artists might help bridge the chasm between red states and blue, or—maybe even trickier—the gap between re…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Dinosaurs Roam the Earth in 59E59’s ‘Pete Rex’ by Mark Dundas Wood

At a hasty first glance, Alexander V. Thompson’s Pete Rex—staged by The Dreamscape Theatre, in a New York premiere at 59E59 Theaters—may seem a piece of comic whimsy about a world in w…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Hindle Wakes by Mark Dundas Wood

British playwright Stanley Houghton’s Hindle Wakes (currently at the Mint Theater Company) was written and first performed in the era when Sigmund Freud’s ideas on sexuality were becomin…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? by Mark Dundas Wood

A cheeky little time capsule from 1971, The Workshop Theater’s revival of Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? provides glimpses of the loose, inventive spirit of the youthful Terrence McNally. I…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Muswell Hill by Mark Dundas Wood

It’s been said that people congregate in kitchens at dinner parties because the food-prep area is a “backstage” space, somewhere where folks can be their authentic selves. In the kitch…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Mud by Mark Dundas Wood

We probably don’t need another reminder right now that a compact brain, the miracle of fire, and a few lines of iambic pentameter are pretty much all that separate us from our prehistoric …

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Something Sort of Grandish: An Ambitious Program at Harlem Repertory Theatre Celebrates Lyricist and Librettist “Yip” Harburg by Mark Dundas Wood

American musical theater has frequently had a political bent, from the satirical Gershwins-scored Of Thee I Sing (1931) through to Off-Broadway’s current revue Me the People, which skewers…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: The Treasurer by Mark Dundas Wood

We seem to experience bursts of elation whenever some whiz-bang gerontologist suggests that human life can be extended in ways previously considered impossible. It’s as if we’ve all been…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: New Yiddish Rep’s ‘Rhinoceros’ by Mark Dundas Wood

The conscious effort to mainstream the alt-right movement in the Trump era has, of course, troubled many Americans deeply. So it’s understandable that New Yiddish Rep would want to stage R…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Public Works’ ‘As You Like It’ by Mark Dundas Wood

At the top of Act II of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, when the audience first glimpses the Forest of Arden, the banished Duke Senior (who is hiding out there) pronounces life in th…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Curvy Widow by Mark Dundas Wood

The new Off-Broadway musical Curvy Widow (at Westside Theatre/Upstairs) shares plot points with one of Broadway’s biggest current musical hits, Hello, Dolly! Both shows present a middle-ag…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr by Mark Dundas Wood

Austrian-born screen star Hedy Lamarr (originally Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) was often touted as the world’s most beautiful woman. In the monodrama Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy L…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: The Lucky One by Mark Dundas Wood

According to program notes for Mint Theater Company’s new production of A.A. Milne’s 1922 play The Lucky One, the British playwright (and, of course, creator of the “Pooh” books) had…

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