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Monday, June 25, 2018

Playwright Joshua Harmon Makes the Same Big Mistake With ‘Skintight’ by Rex Reed

His problem (and my one caveat) is that he doesn't know when to stop writing.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:53AM
Friday, June 15, 2018

There Is Nothing Good to Say About Off-Broadway’s ‘First Love’ by Rex Reed

It's embarrassing to watch two distinguished artists playing meatheads beyond their prime, stripping down to their underwear and dancing in semi-nude pulchritude around a barbecue grill.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:54PM

Jessica Walker Dominates as Suzy Solidor in ‘All I Want is One Night’ by Rex Reed

'The most famous woman you've never heard of.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:53PM
Friday, June 1, 2018

‘The Boys in the Band’ Is Sad, Hilarious, and Gratifying by Rex Reed

Nothing shocks anyone anymore, but 'The Boys in the Band' still resonates with a sound of fury Faulkner never dreamed of.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:08PM
Friday, May 25, 2018

‘Peace for Mary Frances’ Is So Good It Will Shatter You by Rex Reed

'Peace for Mary Frances' is so beautifully written that it is impossible to believe it's the playwright's first play.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:30AM
Friday, May 4, 2018

A New Revival of ‘My Fair Lady’ Dazzles…Until It Doesn’t by Rex Reed

A new production of 'My Fair Lady' delivers a different ending that is not exactly disastrous, but decidedly disappointing.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM
Friday, April 13, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Is Every Bit as Vapid and Tasteless as You’d Expect by Rex Reed

Tina Fey proves she is not above trashing her talent to make money.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:20PM
Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Three Tall Women’ Sets the Benchmark for Broadway in 2018 by Rex Reed

Glenda Jackson returns to Broadway—alongside Alison Pill and Laurie Metcalf—to star in Edward Albee's 'Three Tall Women,' the writer's vengeful depiction of the woman who raised him.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:30PM
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ed Harris Stars in ‘Good For Otto,’ a Long Play Where No One Is Named Otto by Rex Reed

At one point, Ed Harris plays the tuba while everyone sings "Carolina in the Morning." I wish I could tell you it was for a reason.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 06:30PM
Monday, January 29, 2018

Despite a Great Performance From Hayley Mills, ‘Party Face’ Shows Its Wrinkles by Rex Reed

It took seven decades to get Hayley Mills to the New York stage, let's hope she returns—in a vehicle more rewarding and less forgettable than 'Party Face.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:20PM
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’ Breathes New Life Into the One-Man Show by Rex Reed

You'll marvel at the tsunami of words John Lithgow has managed to memorize, wondering how he masters the feat off making them sound fresh eight times a week.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:30PM
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Obituaries by Rex Reed: Everyone (Who’s Anyone) Who Died in 2017 by Rex Reed

Thank you for making so many other people's movies better than they deserved.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:46PM
Monday, December 4, 2017

Steve Martin’s Moronic ‘Meteor Shower’ Shows Off Amy Schumer’s Incompetent Acting by Rex Reed

Written by Steve Martin, 'Meteor Shower' has no point or plot, yet the audience roars with laughter at Amy Schumer's every burp and scream.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:40PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

‘Harry Clarke’ Is an Odd, Exhilarating Triumph of Theater by Rex Reed

In this one-man show by David Cale, Billy Crudup plays a man named Philip, his alter-ego Harry Clarke, and the many other characters the con-artist deceives.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:50PM
Thursday, November 16, 2017

John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ Is a One-Man Comedy Riot by Rex Reed

John Leguizamo sets the record straight on Latin culture, swearing, swooping and swaggering around the Studio 54 stage in his one-man show, 'Latin History for Morons.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:55PM
Monday, November 13, 2017

Broadway’s ‘The Band’s Visit’ Is a Work of Perfection by Rex Reed

Now on Broadway, David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' tale of Egyptian musicians lost on a trip to Israel is a triumph of musical comedy.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:40PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Michael Urie Stars in Vibrant Revival of Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ by Rex Reed

A new revival reveals that this cornerstone of gay theater has lost none of its wit, heart, wisdom or purpose in the years since its last production.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:25AM
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Production Can’t Conceal ‘Time and the Conways’ Is Dated by Rex Reed

Act One is rendered unconscious by American actors screeching phony British accents in chirping decibels only a bird can decipher

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:15PM
Friday, August 25, 2017

‘Prince of Broadway’ Is as Good as Theater Gets by Rex Reed

"Call him Hal, everyone at Sardi’s does."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM
Friday, August 11, 2017

Michael Moore Adds Razzle-Dazzle to Political Provocation in One-Man Broadway Show by Rex Reed

I expected to be challenged, embarrassed, provoked and possibly enraged. I did not expect to have such a good time.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:54PM
Friday, August 4, 2017

‘Curvy Widow’ Is Witty but Uneven by Rex Reed

Not a totally original concept, it still provides an enjoyable riff on a vital subject: dating after the death of a spouse.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:58PM
Friday, April 7, 2017

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Thrill, Charge and Fascinate in ‘War Paint’ by Rex Reed

'War Paint' is one of those rare break-speed-records-to-get-there shows to save money for.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:12PM
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sam Gold Goes Gross With ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Rex Reed

No, they are not blasting for a new subway under the Belasco Theater. The noise you hear is the sound of a mortified Tennessee Williams, turning over in his grave over what pretentious hack …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:48PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

‘Significant Other’ Brings a Dreary Theater Season to Vibrant Life by Rex Reed

In Joshua Harmon’s exuberant comedy, expertly directed by Trip Cullman, Gideon Glick does a career-defining turn as Jordan Berman.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:05PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

At the Roundabout, the Remarkable ‘On the Exhale’ and Awkward ‘Orion’ by Rex Reed

One of five showcases in New York devoted to “new and experimental works” produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in its “underground” program, the tiny Black Box Theatre, Sixth A…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:51PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

22 Years Later, Glenn Close Still Shines in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ by Rex Reed

The demented Norma remains pretty much the sole ownership of Glenn Close. People just can’t get enough of her, or 'Sunset Boulevard.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:27PM
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lucas Hedges Turns Disappointing ‘Yen’ Into a Must-See Experience Off Broadway by Rex Reed

Lucas Hedges, Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Manchester by the Sea, makes his New York stage debut a must-see experience.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:47AM
Friday, January 13, 2017

‘The Present,’ Despite Cate Blanchett, Might Be the Worst Play to Ever Hit Broadway by Rex Reed

'The Present' is a relentless three-hour pile of noisy, pointless and pretentious junk starring Cate Blanchett.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:24PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

‘The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey’ Is an Interactive Look at a Macabre Icon by Rex Reed

'The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey' Off Broadway is an intriguing lure into the unhinged world of an erratic queer potato.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:05PM
Monday, December 19, 2016

In ‘Fences,’ Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Lead the Year’s Best Ensemble by Rex Reed

In this particularly dreary year of second-rate everything, 'Fences' is something special.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:45PM

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