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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Prima Facie by Elyse Trevers

By definition, the legal term prima facie means the first impression, accepted as correct until proven otherwise. The theatrical term Prima Facie refers to an exciting one-woman play starrin…

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Shucked by Elyse Trevers

Despite its seemingly unsophisticated vibe, Shucked is an extremely polished, well-crafted musical. After all, the show is directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Full Monty, Porgy and Bess, …

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Monday, May 1, 2023

New York, New York by Elyse Trevers

I am a native New Yorker, and I honestly love NYC. Although I know the city has its many flaws, I will defend it against all comers. Yet I cringed at the rosy ‘melting-pot’ version of th…

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Thanksgiving Play by Elyse Trevers

There’s a fine line between satire and silliness, and “The Thanksgiving Play” crosses that line too often. Playwright Larisa Fasthorse takes shots at well-meaning, naive white people t…

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Good Night, Oscar by Elyse Trevers

Sometimes performers are so good at their roles that they become forever identified with that part. For many, Sean Hayes will always be Jack on television’s “Will and Grace,” kooky, eg…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Sweeney Todd by Elyse Trevers

The last time I saw “Sweeney Todd,” it was as a barebones production of 10 performers, including Patty Lupone and Michael Cerveris. Each performer even played an instrument, and the show…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot by Elyse Trevers

I had such high hopes for the revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot at Lincoln Center Theater this season. The music was a known quantity- glorious, lush and romantic. The title song had b…

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Peter Pan Goes Wrong by Elyse Trevers

Some of my favorite theater moments have come when something unexpectedly went wrong onstage. Alan Bates caught a picture falling off the wall and ad libbed about poor housekeeping. Faith Pr…

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

Life of Pi by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy The real stars of the show “Life of Pi” are puppets: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a 450 pound Royal Bengal tiger. Although animated by skilled puppeteers wh…

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Friday, April 7, 2023

Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’ by Elyse Trevers

photo by Julieta Cervantes Most musicals feature two or three impressive dance numbers, numbers that leave the audience breathless. However, often those dances are incidental to the story. T…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Bad Cinderella by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman The good news about “Bad Cinderella,” the new musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel is that it’s not all that …

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Parade by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus Most shows on Broadway begin with an announcement reminding the audience to turn off phones and recording devices. The revival of the musical “Parade” begins with a …

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Monday, March 20, 2023

A Doll’s House by Elyse Trevers

Jessica Chastain is undeniably one of the finest actresses performing in the movies today. When it was announced that she would return to Broadway after an 11 year gap, it was considered an …

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

The Wanderers by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus Historically, the Jewish people have been wanderers, always in search of a homeland. They moved from place to place seeking somewhere to put down roots. Never totally we…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

A Beautiful Noise by Elyse Trevers

Photos by Julieta Cervantes Today most celebrities are on social media, so everything they do is shared with the public. It was quite different years ago when celebrities like Neil Diamond p…

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Colin Quinn: Small Talk by Elyse Trevers

Photo Credit Monique Carboni I love comedians who are skilled at wordplay. Some relate stories; others deliver one liners, generally without the gratuitous use of foul language. They make yo…

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Anthony Rapp’s Without You by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Russ Rowland The theme that runs through Anthony Rapp’s one man show at the New World Stages is loss. Known for originating the role of Mark the videographer in “Rent,” Rapp w…

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Friday, January 13, 2023

The Collaboration by Elyse Trevers

photo by Jeremy Daniel Andy Warhol is as famous for his iconic look as for his silkscreen paintings such as Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Diptych and his experimental films. Before seei…

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Monday, January 9, 2023

Merrily We Roll Along by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus It’s hard to imagine a show by Stephen Sondheim that wasn’t an immediate hit; yet “Merrily We Roll Along,” first produced in 1981, left the critics and audiences…

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Between Riverside and Crazy by Elyse Trevers

Sometimes one performer in a small cast stands out among the rest. That’s one of the problems with the revival of “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the 2015 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by…

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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Ohio State Murders by Elyse Trevers

Those who adore Audra McDonald for her magnificent singing voice often forget what a fine actress she is. The six-time Tony Award winner once again puts her talents on display in Adrienne Ke…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Some Like It Hot by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy How would you define an old-fashioned musical? Maybe a show with non-stop singing and dancing, storylines that we accept even when implausible, a love story or two an…

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Ain’t No Mo’ by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus The day before I attended “Ain’t No Mo’,” a new comedy by Jordan E. Cooper, the show posted a closing notice for December 18. It is a unique satirical show that …

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Monday, December 5, 2022

A Man of No Importance by Elyse Trevers

photo by Julieta Cervantes Alfie is a quiet, ordinary man who is a ticket-taker on a bus during the day, but by evening he is the director of the players at St Imelda’s Church. The power o…

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

& Juliet by Elyse Trevers

At the end of Shakespeare’s classic play, “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet awakens to realize that Romeo is dead. Heartbroken, she commits suicide. What if she didn’t kill herself? What if…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Kimberly Akimbo by Elyse Trevers

“Kimberly Akimbo” opens with Kimberly approaching her 16th birthday; and nearing the end of her life expectancy. She is a special teenage girl who suffers from a rare condition that caus…

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Monday, November 14, 2022

The Old Man and The Pool by Elyse Trevers

photo by Emilio Madrid Cancer, type two diabetes, death. Hardly the fodder for comedy – Yet In the hands of Mike Birbiglia, this serious subject matter becomes hysterical in his latest one…

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Almost Famous: The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Photo-by-Matthew-Murphy A show about rock music should be loud. So loud that you feel the music going through you! When the cast of “Almost Famous: The Musical ” took the stage and perfo…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson by Elyse Trevers

photo-by-Julieta-Cervantes The true star of the revival of “August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson” isn’t Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks or John David Washington. Although the three ac…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Topdog, Underdog by Elyse Trevers

photo by Marc J. Franklin “Keep your eyes on the cards,” instructs the young man on stage as he shifts three playing cards around on a makeshift stand. It’s not so easy as we get lulle…

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Death of a Salesman by Elyse Trevers

The word revival suggests a renewal or improvement of something. So each time there’s a Broadway revival, the director tries to change something to encourage ticket sales. The recent hit �…

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