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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Simple Lives highlights the subtle heroism of small-town America by Erin Kahn

  Bernadette Armstrong’s radio play Simple Lives is, as the title suggests, not a very complicated play. Instead, it’s a slow-moving story about life in a small town among rather small-…

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Interview with Ted Sperling by Erin Kahn

  Tony Award winner Ted Sperling has lent his musical talents to Broadway productions like The Light in the Piazza, Ragtime, and the most recent revivals of My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Ro…

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Source Material’s ‘Low Skies Divine’ teases the possibilities of King Lear by Erin Kahn

“Nothing will come of nothing.” So says King Lear in Shakespeare’s weighty masterpiece of the same name. Little does he know that out of that one word “nothing” will come a whole s…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Artfully staged ‘pen/man/ship’ raises powerful questions by Erin Kahn

Anything can happen at sea. Especially on a ship helmed by a mentally unstable alcoholic whose estranged son has brought an outspoken, free-thinking young woman on board. Oh, and did I menti…

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Interview: The Kilbanes on myth, transformation, and radical love in their concert film ‘Weightless’ by Erin Kahn

Sisterhood. Love. Betrayal. Flight. Weaving together ancient myth and indie rock, Weightless tells the tale of two deeply devoted sisters, Procne and Philomela, separated by circumstance, wh…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Review: ‘The Canterville Ghost’ by Erin Kahn

As the pandemic continues, so does non-traditional theatre. Or, in the case of new podcast producer Open-Door Playhouse, reworking traditional entertainment methods for an unprecedented time…

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Review: Franz Kafka’s Letter To My Father by Erin Kahn

In 1919, German-Bohemian writer Franz Kafka wrote a 47-page letter to his father. It was never delivered. Now, in 2021, James Rutherford and Michael Guagno have created a one-man cinematic s…

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Review: Hotel Good Luck by Erin Kahn

Bobby is an introspective radio host who has four listeners, an obsession with death, and a hatred for the 6th of November. The latter is understandable, since his grandparents all died in f…

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Review: Eden Theater’s ‘The Kitchen Plays’ by Erin Kahn

We’re now in a weird stage of the pandemic where some of us are wondering if we’ve lost the ability to socialize in person, some are breaking quarantine habits in favor of not losing it,…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Interview: Joan Firestone on the Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program by Erin Kahn

Every three years, the Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program honors theatre women around the world. Founded in 2011, the Award promotes greater visibility for female theatre art…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Don’t Miss These 12 Virtual Christmas Events by Erin Kahn

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some fun-filled holiday productions. And while the Broadway lights are dark, there are still plenty o…

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Monday, November 30, 2020

FRIGID New York’s The Fire This Time Alumni Spotlight Features Roger Q Mason by Erin Kahn

OBIE Award winning The Fire This Time Festival (TFTT), in collaboration with FRIGID New York, recently launched its inaugural Alumni Spotlight to honor and amplify TFTT playwrights. The inau…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The irrepressible Micki Grant: award-winning composer, actor, and trailblazer by Erin Kahn

Micki Grant is always first in line: the first Black to write commercial jingles, to have a non-silent role in a commercial, to get a contract role on daytime television. The first woman to …

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Review: World Premiere of Québecoise play ‘A Day’ by Erin Kahn

  Four people. One day. Countless opportunities for screwing up. In the English-language World Premiere of A Day, written by Québecoise playwright Gabrielle Chapdelaine and translated by…

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Review: The Pumpkin Pie Show returns with four sinister stories by Erin Kahn

Some types of entertainment work well on Zoom; others don’t. But if there’s one thing that might just be better on Zoom than it is in person, it’s storytelling. Gone is the stage, the …

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Review: In Krista Knight’s CRUSH, a cockroach finds love by Erin Kahn

Like most New Yorkers, I’ve had my share of run-ins with cockroaches. The most unnerving being when I entered the bathroom one night to find a gigantic cockroach sitting on top of the sink…

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Recap of The Neo-Political Cowgirls Advocacy Night: Charlottesville lawsuit, RFK Human Rights, and the words of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel by Erin Kahn

Last night, I returned from a walk around the neighborhood to find red spray paint on the Black Lives Matter sign in my family’s yard. I wasn’t so much disturbed as surprised. Militant r…

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

‘Andromeda’s Sisters’ speaks up for the underrepresented and unappreciated by Erin Kahn

Women dance like primal, animalistic spirits. A female dog reminisces about life before COVID-19. A woman mourns her lover, knowing she will not be invited to the funeral. A wife seeks pleas…

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Review: The Bathroom Plays show the many sides of quarantine loneliness by Erin Kahn

“Loneliness…is that a sin? It feels like one.” Eden Theater Company’s third and final installment of The Room Plays, titled The Bathroom Plays, takes a penetrating look at the seclus…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Review: Source Material’s ‘In These Uncertain Times’ finds the beauty in quarantine by Erin Kahn

A digital collage of social posts, monologues, and Zoom conversations, In These Uncertain Times, devised by Source Material and directed by Samantha Shay, takes a tragicomic look at being an…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Interview: Actor Tim Palmer talks ‘The Listening Room,’ his Shakespearean dream role, and moving from a small English town to NYC by Erin Kahn

For actor Tim Palmer, born and raised in the English countryside, moving to NYC to pursue theatre was a bit of a culture shock. But if his recent explosive performance in Nylon Fusion’s T…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review: ‘The Room Plays’ – Eden Theater’s new Zoom shorts – Start on the Right Foot by Erin Kahn

A cynical loner meets her match. A young couple discovers a dangerous artifact. An eccentric bride tries to pick up the pieces of her life.And it’s all on Zoom. Eden Theater Company’s ne…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Review: APAC’s ‘Jump’ asks the hard questions by Erin Kahn

Are there warning signs? Does it take a certain strength to go through with it (or not go through with it)? Afterward, how do those left behind cope with what has happened? These are just a …

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Review: Mime Bill Bowers takes a journey of pure joy in ‘The Traveler’ by Erin Kahn

“I’m going to a mime performance. I have no idea what to expect.” Such were my parting words to my roommate as I left my apartment and traveled downtown to Theatre Row. “Should be in…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: The Listening Room by Erin Kahn

Full transparency: I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Listening Room at the New Ohio Theatre. But here’s what I got: a high stakes, edge-of-my-seat, thrilling yet somehow poetic dys…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: Macbeth at CSC by Erin Kahn

Macbeth is a play that can easily get out of hand. Witches, murders, and a semi-psychotic title character can quickly devolve into a blood bath starring a raging tyrant, with a side show of …

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Review: Cady Huffman soars in the NY Premiere of ‘Marguerite’ by Erin Kahn

A new musical by Anton Dudley and Michael Cooper, Marguerite tells the inspiring true story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Canada’s first female saint. On a mission to “uncloister” women i…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Review: The Shakespeare Forum’s Othello(s) by Erin Kahn

After last year’s revelatory Lear, the Shakespeare Forum mounts another bold, insightful production for El Barrio’s Shakespeare Festival 2019. This time, it’s Othello(s)–a work th…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: APAC’s ‘Caroline, or Change’ is a soulful tour de force by Erin Kahn

If you missed the Tony nominated and Olivier Award winning Caroline, or Change when it was in New York several years ago, I have good news: there’s a fantastic production currently running…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: NY Classical’s The Importance of Being Earnest by Erin Kahn

The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, and watching NY Classical’s new production at A.R.T./New York Theatres, it’s easy to see why. No word …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review of ‘The Naturalists’ by Erin Kahn

When Francis and Billy Sloane talk about moving into the house up on the hill—once they’ve fixed it up, of course—their words carry a sense of futility. These characters will never mov…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre