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Friday, February 23, 2024

A Sign of the Times ***1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Paulanne Simmons February 23, 2024: The 1960s was a period of great political and social upheaval. It was also a time when some pretty good music was made. A Sign of the Times, with …

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Sally Mayes by Barry Gordin

Now and Then/Jazz Standard Time By: Alix Cohen February 23, 2024: Sally Mayes erupts on stage in full clarion voice, all cylinders firing. “Cloudburst” (Hendricks/Kirkand/Harris) is…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Broadway Babe by Barry Gordin

Four Notable Nostalgic picks from Broadway Babe include Chita Rivera & Dick Van Dyke, together in 2006. February 21, 2024:  Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller, has four notable nos…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Five Opens @ Theater 555 by Barry Gordin

FIVE: The Musical Parody, a WICKEDLY FUNNY tale, inspired by the former President opened at Theater 555 on 42nd Street. February 20, 2024:  FIVE: The Musical Parody, which opened last …

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

I Love You So Much I Could Die **1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Samuel L. Leiter February 18, 2024: On Thursday, a day after seeing Corinne Jaber’s Munich Medea: Happy Family at the WP Theatre, I wrote about my disappointment at its being entirel…

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Southampton Arts Center by Barry Gordin

LIVE: LOOK AT THE BOOK Opening Reception @ SAC Saturday, February 24/5pm February 17, 2024:  Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, will host an opening reception for LOOK AT THE BOOK on S…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Munich Medea: Happy Family *** by Barry Gordin

By: Samuel L. Leiter February 16, 2024: Like Corinne Jaber, whose first play this is, Alice, the heroine of Munich Medea: Happy Family (at the WP Theatre, coproduced with Playco),is a Syr…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Christine Jorgensen by Barry Gordin

By: Alix Cohen Background: Who Was Christine Jorgensen?“We didn’t start the sexual revolution, but I think we gave it a good kick in the pants!” Christine Jorgensen February 15, 20…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Appropriate ****1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Isa Goldberg February 14, 2024: Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins deals in the lexicon of racism that speaks to our American heritage. His earlier, Obie Award-winning Octaroon, is a …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Broadway Update by Barry Gordin

Appropriate Moves; News of Kristin Chenoweth, Amy Ryan, etc. By: David Sheward February 13, 2024: The Second Stage revival of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate will be moving from the …

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Broadway Update by Barry Gordin

Drama Desks and Theater World Awards on the Same Day By: David Sheward February 13, 2024: Two major NY theater awards will be held on the same date. It was announced the 78th annual Theat…

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Oh, Mary! **** by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward February 11, 2024: Mary Todd Lincoln is an odd choice as the main character of a raucous, drag-centered satire. Most campy stage spoofs written by and starring either Ch…

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

White Room Gallery by Barry Gordin

Opening reception for LOVE IS THE DRUG now on view at The White Room Gallery, 3 Railroad Avenue East Hampton, through March 30. February 11, 2024: Andrea McCafferty & Kat O’Neill, co-…

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy ****, Our Class **** by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward February 8, 2024: The line between the truth and fake news becomes a blurry limbo pole the characters dance around, above and below in Sarah Gancher’s brilliantly rele…

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Days of Wine and Roses *** by Barry Gordin

By: Samuel L. Leiter February 4, 2024: Note: The following is a slightly revised version of the review I posted on Theater Life last June, when this musical was at the Atlantic Theater Co…

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Southampton Arts Center by Barry Gordin

LIVE: JazzFest – Azar Lawrence Quintet @ SAC on Saturday, February 17th February 3, 2024: Southampton Arts Center is excited to celebrate Black History Month and welcome Azar Lawrence to …

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Broadway Babe by Barry Gordin

Historic Flashbacks from Broadway Babe include West Side Story, Carol Burnett, Donna McKechnie & the original Sandy from Grease, Carol Demas. February 3, 2024:  Broadway Babe, Randie L…

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Jonah ***1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Samuel L. Leiter February 2, 2024: An enthusiastic response greeted the end of Jonah, Rachel Bonds’s intriguing, if determinedly ambiguous dramedy - receiving its world premiere at t…

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Jonah ****, Days of Wine and Roses ***1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward February 1, 2024: “The present and the past. But everything is slippery.” So reads the time of the play in the program from Jonah, Rachel Bonds’ somewhat confusing…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Obie Awards by Barry Gordin

Dark Disabled Stories and Downstate Among 67th Obie Winners By: David Sheward January 31, 2024: Dark Disabled Stories, Downstate, and The Comeuppance were among the winners of the 67th a…

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Chita Rivera by Barry Gordin

Legend Synonymous with Broadway ... A Tribute By:  Ellis Nassour January 31, 2024: Long after many other performers of a certain age had disappeared from the scene, Broadway's former Q…

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

White Room Gallery by Barry Gordin

The White Room Gallery will present LOVE IS THE DRUG from February 9th through March 30th at their new East Hampton location/3 Railroad Avenue.  January 25, 2024: The White Room Gallery wi…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Broadway Update by Barry Gordin

Patriots to Open; Ohio Closes; OCC and Chita Rivera Dates. By: David Sheward January 24, 2024: One closes and another opens. How to Dance in Ohio will join the soon-to-shutter Harmony an…

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Leslie Uggams by Barry Gordin

The Irresistible Leslie Uggams: Celebrating 75 Years in Show Business, Stormy Weather or Not, She Manages to Bring Out the Sun.By: Ellis Nassour January 26, 2024:  For an unbelievable 7…

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White Rose: The Musical ** by Barry Gordin

By: Samuel L. Leiter January 26, 2024: The terror of life during the Third Reich—which would, of course, include the Holocaust—continues to generate a goldmine for dramatic treatment,…

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Our Class ***** by Barry Gordin

By: Isa Goldberg January 26, 2024: With the use of immersive storytelling techniques - video cameras, projections, graphic animation, mime, and song, Our Class follows the lives of ten cla…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Love ‘N Courage by Barry Gordin

Theater for the New City Honors performance artist, Penny Arcade at their 21st Annual Love ‘n Courage Benefit Gala. January 25, 2024: Theater for the New City's Emerging Playwrights Progr…

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Our Class ****1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Samuel L. Leiter January 22, 2024: Just a little more than a week ago I reviewed the Broadway production of Josh Harmon’s Prayer for the French Republic, a searing drama about conte…

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Women on Fire: Fair Is Foul! **** by Barry Gordin

By: Paulanne Simmons January 22, 2024: If you’re looking for light entertainment, Woman on Fire: Fair Is Foul! is probably not for you. But if you want thought-provoking theater at it…

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The 1/52 Project by Barry Gordin

Support The Next Generation of Theater Professionals. By: Alix Cohen January 23, 2024: During the Pandemic, a We See You manifesto was written by non-white theater artists and signed …

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Make Me Gorgeous ***** by Barry Gordin

By: Alix Cohen January 22, 2024: “Don’t let the word ‘can’t’ stop you. Sink your teeth like a bulldog and don’t let go.” Mabel Marlowe, Kenneth’s mom.

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards