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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors by Elyse Trevers

The name Dracula always evokes iconic images of the fang-baring scary creature dressed in black. Think Bela Lugosi. Or the Count. Or even the incredibly sensual heartthrob portrayal by Frank…

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Monday, September 4, 2023

Pay The Writer by Elyse Trevers

The Off-Broadway show Pay The Writer at The Pershing Square Signature Center asks what it costs a writer to pursue his art. It focuses on Cyrus Holt (Ron Canada,) a celebrated author coming …

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Back To The Future : The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Hugo Glendinning Broadway tickets can be expensive, especially for musicals. But you really get your money’s worth when you attend “Back to the Future:The Musical.” It’s got…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Shark is Broken by Elyse Trevers

It’s been almost 50 years since the release of the movie Jaws. Directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975, it was based on the 1974 novel by Peter Benchley and starred Roy Scheider as a police c…

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Monday, August 14, 2023

The Cottage by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus If you don’t keep your eyes fixed on the stage at The Hayes Theater at all times during “The Cottage,” you are likely to miss some of the show’s most humorous mo…

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Once Upon A One More Time by Elyse Trevers

Once upon a time, children were raised on fairy tales where the beautiful princess waited to be rescued by the valiant handsome prince. Today those stories have been changed to reflect a dif…

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Rock and Roll Man by Elyse Trevers

Ever heard of Alan Freed? If so, then you might enjoy Rock & Roll Man, the musical at New World Stages. Freed was the risk-taking disc jockey who coined the term “Rock and Roll” but …

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Days of Wine and Roses by Elyse Trevers

photo by Ahron R. Foster Based upon the 1962 movie starring Jack Lemon and Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses is now a musical at Atlantic Theater Company, starring the divine Kelli O’Hara…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Primary Trust by Elyse Trevers

The world is so chaotic that sometimes all a viewer wants is a slice-of-life story with a happy ending. Primary Trust, the new play by Eboni Booth, a Roundabout Theatre Company production at…

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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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