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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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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: The Antipodes by Mark Dundas Wood

In her new play, The Antipodes, at Signature Theatre, Annie Baker once again uses the trappings of naturalism to tell a contemporary story that veers at times into the realm of magical reali…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Come Back, Little Sheba by Mark Dundas Wood

William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba (1950) seems to owe much to the plays of his friend and mentor (and probable sex partner) Tennessee Williams—and in particular to 1944’s The Glas…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel by Mark Dundas Wood

In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Tennessee Williams’s 1969 one-act (two scene) play, is such a dark, bitter work that it would seem wrong to call seeing it a “rare treat.” But the current …

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bedlam’s New York Animals brings new-to-you Burt Bacharach melodies to New York theater by Mark Dundas Wood

  New York Animals, a “play with music” produced by Manhattan’s Bedlam theatre company, takes a look at a collection of New York beasts of various stripes and spots—people whose…

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Discovered in Translation: Actor Avi Hoffman Plays a Yiddish-Speaking Willy Loman by Mark Dundas Wood

At age 10 Avi Hoffman (born Avrum Ber, in 1958) made his theatrical debut in a Yiddish Folksbiene Theater production called Bronx Express. In the decades that followed, the performer, a son …

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bixby Elliot’s “Sommerfugl” Tells the Story of Lili Elbe, The First Person to Have Sex Reassignment Surgery by Mark Dundas Wood

Some stories linger in the incubation stage. Patiently—or not so patiently—they wait to be told, to make their way into the public consciousness. Then, uncannily, when they finally burst…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Three for the Road: Yussef El Guindi’s provocative “Threesome” journeys from Oregon to Manhattan by Mark Dundas Wood

Rashid and Leila, a young Egyptian-American couple, sit propped up in bed together. They smoke fake cigarettes while they analyze their own psyches and behavior. (It’s something one imagin…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Broadway Babies Learn to Sing and Dance by Mark Dundas Wood

Back Stage talked with some students recently about their experiences in several of New York's musical theater training programs.

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Taking (Summer) Stock by Mark Dundas Wood

For many of us, our lifelong love affair with the theater first blossomed in summer. Summer theaters provide on-the-job training for young actors.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

With “relative” ease, Richard Kent Green prepares iconic role in “Einstein” by Mark Dundas Wood

Actors often talk about “dream roles,” but when Richard Kent Green says he’s longed for years to portray legendary thinker Albert Einstein, he’s not whistling “She Blinded Me with …

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

NY Review: 'Richard III' by Mark Dundas Wood

The Mobile Shakespeare Unit's 90-minute condensation of Shakespeare's "Richard III," at the Public Theater, has Ron Cephas Jones as the murdering monarch.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

“Che” moi! Max von Essen describes subbing for Ricky Martin in Broadway’s “Evita” by Mark Dundas Wood

Suave-voiced musical theatre actor Max von Essen is a hard worker with a string of impressive credits. He has appeared in productions in regional theaters (The Baker’s Wife, Mame). He’s …

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