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Thursday, April 18, 2019

“William Shakespeare’s King Lear” at The Cort Theatre by Richard Seff

On occasion I marvel at the insight and wisdom shown by the Elizabethan lad Will Shakespeare, not to mention the poetry and imagination and drive that helped him create a basket of enduring …

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

“Ain’t Too Proud” at the Imperial Theatre by Richard Seff

I wasn’t exactly sleeping through the 1960s and 70s, but I seem to have missed most of the pop tunes and great combos that found their place at the time. I blush to admit that I did not kn…

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“Smart Blonde” at 59E59 Theatres by Richard Seff

Andréa Burns has been brightening several recent Broadway and off/Broadway seasons by supplying supporting performances of great variety and equal quality. They range from Daniela in “In …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

“Kiss Me, Kate” by The Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54 Theatre by Richard Seff

With thanks to the Roundabout Theatre Company, Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” is back on Broadway in a fresh and rousing re-examination by director Scott Ellis and choreographer Warren …

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

“Accidentally Brave” at The Daryl Roth 2 Theatre by Richard Seff

Maddie Corman is an actress who has worked extensively in film, TV, and theater proving herself proficient in all of them. In my acting days, I had the pleasure of sharing a stage with her i…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

“Merrily We Roll Along” at the Laura Pels Theatre by Richard Seff

This Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical first tried to roll along on Broadway in 1981. It did so–not so merrily–for just 17 performances; but the play on  which it was based was a su…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

“The Shadow of a Gunman” at the Irish Rep by Richard Seff

Sean O’Casey was the fifth surviving child of thirteen born into a lower middle class family in  Dublin  in 1880. Suffering from deficiency in his eyesight, he began as a laborer…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

“True West” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

Sam Shepard was born in 1943 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois; and by 1964 he was ready to start becoming a highly original and prolific playwright. From his first work (“Cowboys”) to his last…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

“Carmelina” at the York Theatre by Richard Seff

The priceless York Theatre Company, under the excellent leadership of James Morgan, is now presenting three Alan J. Lerner musicals in its series called “Musicals In Mufti” (Mufti is an …

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

“Choir Boy” at Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

The  Manhattan Theatre Club has dusted off Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play which it first presented off Broadway in 2013, and it is now creating buzz on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedma…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“Beach Blanket Babylon” at Club Fugazi in San Francisco by Richard Seff

There is a phenomenon in San Francisco that has been running for over 6,000 performances ever since 1974; and, in my recent visit with family, I was  taken to see it.  I went as a …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

“Network” at the Belasco Theatre by Richard Seff

T’is the season of the Titans on Broadway: Janet McTeer has tackled the roles of  Hamlet and Sarah Bernhardt; Glenda Jackson is about to play King Lear; Elaine May is monumental as sh…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

“Downstairs” at The Cherry Lane Theater by Richard Seff

The lights come up on a total wreck of a basement room in which a lifetime of junk has been accumulated. It’s under the house in which Irene and Jerry are living out their marriage; and at…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

“The Hello Girls” at 59 East 59th Street by Richard Seff

Ten talented actor-singer-musicians are filling the jam packed tiny stage in Theatre A at 59 East 59th Street. They are five men and five women who play the essential  bi-lingual telephone …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

“The Lifespan of a Fact” at Studio 54 by Richard Seff

Take three playwrights, each making his Broadway debut, to write a play. Have them base it on a published book and essay by two other writers which described a real event. Mix thoroughly; th…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

“The Prom” at the Longacre Theatre by Richard Seff

Shout it from the rooftops, “Musical Comedy is back on Broadway!” I mean a NEW musical, not a revival or an adaptation. One that’s all about putting “Your Best Foot Forward” (a…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Two Actors Equals Two Plays; “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” and “The New One” by Richard Seff

In this bountiful Broadway season there is the phenomenon known as the one-man play. Most recently, on November 11th, two of them arrived on the same night. Will Eno’s “Thom Pain (based …

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

“King Kong” at The Broadway Theatre by Richard Seff

My suggestion is that the Tony Awards committee should place King Kong as a nominee for best leading actor in a musical. He doesn’t sing very well, but I think he would win by beating out …

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

“American Son” at the Booth Theatre by Richard Seff

Christopher Demos-Brown, the author of this new play, was unknown to me, although his more than a dozen earlier works for the stage have been recognized by the Laurents/Hatcher Award and mul…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Richard Seff

Michael Urie is lighting up the stage of the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway eight times a week with his virtuoso performance in Harvey Fierstein’s play. It’s an adaptation of his earlie…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

“Days of Rage” at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater by Richard Seff

It begins with an explosion of angry rock music that lets us know the play is not misnamed. When the music fades we find ourselves inside the living quarters of a ramshackle old house in ups…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

“The Ferryman” at The Bernard Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

The New York theater season has barely begun and already we have several marvelous plays on which theater fans can feast. Some are revivals; some are newly minted; but all have impeccable cr…

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“The Waverly Gallery” at The John Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

Kenneth Lonergan has been writing important and nourishing plays since The New Group presented his “This Is Our Youth” in 1997. That Drama Desk Award nominee was revived in 2015 and won …

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

“Apologia” at the Laura Pels Theatre by Richard Seff

On the cover of the Playbill, it says quite clearly that the title means “vindication, justification, explanation.” It is not, in other words, an apology. Alexi Kaye Campbell has written…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

“Ordinary Days” at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

Out of the simplest and most available tools, composer/lyricist Adam Gwon has created an eloquent and moving small musical that does indeed deal with ordinary things. With just four charact…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR” at the Theatre at St. Clements by Richard Seff

How good of La Femme Theatre Productions to mount the little known Tennessee Williams play at Theatre St. Clements, for anything Williams wrote should be of interest to anyone who loves thea…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

“The Nap” at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Richard Seff

For starters, I had expected this oddly titled play to offer information on what went on in someone’s mind during an afternoon siesta. Once the play started I found that no, it deals with …

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

“Bernhardt/Hamlet” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

The first of two acts of this new play by Theresa Rebeck invites us all into a rehearsal for “Hamlet” with a company of actors working hard to support Sarah Bernhardt, as played by Janet…

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

“The True” at The Pershing Square Signature Center by Richard Seff

Once upon a time, circa 1977, there was a woman with a powerful voice and a caring mind who had intimate access to the long term mayor of Albany, New York. Her name was Dorothea “Polly” …

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

“Heartbreak House” at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

Every now and then, Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” returns to us in times of national stress to request that we (or the folks in Britain) examine our present life styles and attitud…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

“Days to Come” at the Beckett on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

Lillian Hellman first conceived the idea for this play in 1930 but did not complete it and only went back to it five years later following her first production, the successful “The Childre…

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