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Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE BAND’S VISIT – the universal language of music by Oscar E Moore

You will not soon forget THE BAND’S VISIT.  Nor should you.  In a small Israeli town (circa 1996) in the desert – its people are waiting for something different – anything – to hap…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

M. BUTTERFLY – why tinker with perfection? by Oscar E Moore

In this uneven and unbalanced revisal of the 1988 multiple award winning production of M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang you may find yourself as confused as its leading character Rene Galli…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TORCH SONG – What is this thing called love? by Oscar E Moore

It’s virtually impossible to fill those bunny rabbit slippers worn so majestically and confidently by Harvey Fierstein in his original production of TORCH SONG TRILOGY some 35 years ago wh…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

DESPERATE MEASURES – The taming of the lewd – a marriage of the Bard and the bawdy by Oscar E Moore

At the Wednesday evening performance that I attended (10/25/17) James Morgan (Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company) in his opening remarks in his own inimitable style announced that…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TIME AND THE CONWAYS – an adequate all in the family adventure by Oscar E Moore

  This Roundabout revival of J. B. Priestley’s three act drama is just adequate.   And seems longer than it actually is.  There are some high points and an equal amount of low as d…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

MARY JANE – a young mother copes, along with the audience at NYTW by Oscar E Moore

This newest play by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman features a cast of five women spearheaded by Carrie Coon as Mary Jane.  You wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. She is strong, c…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE – the beautiful face of terror by Oscar E Moore

Welcome to the dystopian world of Anthony Burgess as seen through the eyes of Alexandra Spencer-Jones set in England – Today.  It might be better set in 1984. This ultra-violent, unpleasa…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY – Sarah Ruhl’s homage to her mom by Oscar E Moore

Sarah Ruhl’s mom Kathleen grew up playing Peter Pan in Iowa. As in why oh why oh why-o?  Excuse me that’s Ohio.  In any event she played Peter in Community Theater in Iowa.   Now …

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

PRINCE OF BROADWAY – Hal’s Hit Parade – with some misses by Oscar E Moore

You know, he’s the guy with the glasses perched atop his mostly bald pate.  Prince.  Hal Prince.  Producer.  Director.  Visionary.  Twenty one count ‘em twenty one Tony Awards – …

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Jerry Lewis starred in Damn Yankees on Broadway: Mitchell Maxwell remembers working with the icon by Oscar E Moore

Jerry Lewis passed away last week. If you are of a certain age, that is a notable item for throughout his long and public life he was a man of consequence. He was indeed worthy of a “f…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

GEORAMA – a lively musical lesson in art appreciation by Oscar E Moore

Chances are there are not too many people who have heard of the American artist John Banvard who found his fifteen minutes of international fame painting a three mile long “moving” panor…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

IN A HEARTBEAT – animated short is a must see by Oscar E Moore

Beth David and Esteban Bravo have created an instant masterpiece.  It is magical and moving with a beautiful score.  Without a single word of dialogue it conveys what one’s heart tru…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Sam Gold’s HAMLET – Here’s mud in your eye by Oscar E Moore

  Are we at The Public Theater or La Mama or some Greek amphitheater to witness the revenge tragedy of Hamlet starring Oscar Isaac (scampering around barefoot in his black undies and te…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

NAPOLI, BROOKLYN – 1960 time capsule by Oscar E Moore

Playwright Meghan Kennedy remembers Mama in her scattered memory kitchen sink drama NAPOLI, BROOKLYN – a series of short all-around-the-mulberry-bush scenes now playing off-Broadway at the…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

1984 – Back to the future by Oscar E Moore

When does two plus two not equal four?  When you are being subjected to torture till submission.  That is the horrific answer that George Orwell proposed with his ground breaking 1949 nove…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

THE TRAVELING LADY – Horton Foote abridged? by Oscar E Moore

  Condensing Horton Foote’s 1954 three act play (which starred Kim Stanley) into a one hour forty five minute intermission-less one act is akin to Cinderella’s step sisters trying t…

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR – Red Bull’s recipe for mayhem by Oscar E Moore

A provincial Russian town.  1836.  Corruption is rampant.  Cover-ups follow.  Bribes disguised as loans (the new reimbursement program) flow freely.  From the Mayor to the Judge to the …

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Monday, May 8, 2017

WAR PAINT – Tennis anyone? by Oscar E Moore

  I had a dream.  A wonderful dream…during the second act of the quite slow going WAR PAINT.  Christine Ebersole had morphed from Elizabeth Arden into Mame and Patti LuPone from Hel…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

OSLO REVISITED – bigger but not necessarily better by Oscar E Moore

OSLO an excellent production of an excellent play has moved upstairs from the smaller Mitzi E. Newhouse to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center – original cast intact.  Through J…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – Lots of yummy fun by Oscar E Moore

“Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew – Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two?”  Christian Borle as Willy Wonka can!  ‘Cause he mixes it with love and wacky hu…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

HELLO DOLLY! – Starring the Divine Miss M by Oscar E Moore

And divine she is.  Bette Midler.  The voice is a bit rusty.  But she still retains the spunk that made her famous.  The comic timing.  The tilt of the head.  The wink to the audience.…

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A DOLL’S HOUSE Part 2 – Knock Knock Who’s There? by Oscar E Moore

There are usually two sides to every story.  In Lucas Hnath’s brittle and fascinating new play A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2 based on what happened to Nora after she infamously left her husband…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BANDSTAND – misses the beat by Oscar E Moore

War is hell and so is trying to make it on Broadway with a new musical.  It’s not easy.  In this well-intentioned but predictable BANDSTAND that begins with the sound of bombs exploding,…

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INDECENT – Lesbians in Love by Oscar E Moore

This play is important.  This production is important.  It deserves to be seen.  It has to be seen. With an ensemble of seven extraordinary actors who play multiple parts with the excepti…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

ANASTASIA – It is pure fantasy. Disney style. by Oscar E Moore

  Is she or isn’t she?  Only her Grand-mama knows for sure in this new musical version of the Anastasia legend “inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures” especially …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GROUNDHOG DAY – the unsinkable Andy Karl by Oscar E Moore

Knee brace comes to the rescue.  Andy Karl brave heart that he is should be awarded a medal for performing above and beyond the call of duty despite a torn ligament in his left knee.  Maki…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

COMIC RELIEF – two versions of comedy tonight by Oscar E Moore

From the ridiculous to the sublime.  Two shows have recently opened on Broadway.  Both are very funny.  Both are completely different.  They are THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and PRESENT LAUG…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

AMELIE – the musical that goes wrong by Oscar E Moore

I did not see the 2001 movie of the same title that has been adapted to the stage of the Walter Kerr Theatre by Craig Lucas (book) and score by Daniel Messe (rambling unmemorable background …

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM – the return of Harvey Fierstein by Oscar E Moore

  Can a 62 year old gay expatriate ex-cocktail pianist lounging around in a book lined London flat find true love – finally find his soul mate – again – after so many heartbre…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

SWEAT – Blood, threats and fears by Oscar E Moore

Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage along with her longtime director Kate Whoriskey did extensive research in 2011 traveling to Reading Pennsylvania interviewing locals – especially factory…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ARTHUR MILLER’S THE PRICE – devious tactics in the attic revived by Oscar E Moore

  Who knew that Arthur Miller could be so funny?  Leave it to Danny DeVito making his Broadway debut at 72 in this Roundabout production of THE PRICE to pull the rug out from under his…

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