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Friday, March 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Bad Cinderella" 3/23/23 by Howard Miller

How best to describe Bad Cinderella, the new musical with a score by über-successful theatre composer and impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber that officially opened tonight at the Imperial Theat…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03AM
Sunday, March 19, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Bob Fosse's Dancin'" 3/19/23 by Howard Miller

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:01PM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Parade" 3/16/23 by Howard Miller

What a difference four months makes! Back in November, the Alfred Uhry/Jason Robert Brown powerhouse 1998 musical Parade, about the kangaroo court trial and subsequent lynching of Leo Frank,…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:14PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Dear World" - 3/16/23 by Howard Miller

Hello, Encores! Well, hello, Encores! It's so nice to have you back where you belong. Back to your original mission, that is, somewhat lost in recent years, of producing brief runs of quickl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:27PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Harder They Come" - 3/15/23 by Howard Miller

The Harder They Come, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' adaptation of the reggae-infused 1972 Jamaican film of the same title, is rocking the Public Theater these days with its top-notch cast, an…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:53PM
Monday, March 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Coast Starlight" - 3/13/23 by Howard Miller

While watching playwright Keith Bunin's The Coast Starlight, opening tonight at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, I kept coming up with alternate titles: Strangers on a Train, Ship…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:26PM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Doll's House" 3/9/23 by Howard Miller

Doubtless, there never were a lot of chuckles to be found in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. But this latest Broadway production, opening tonight at the Hudson Theatre in an adaptation by pla…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:33PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Crumbs From the Table of Joy" - 3/7/23 by Howard Miller

Let us time travel, back nearly three decades to the year 1995. A 30-year-old native Brooklynite playwright who would later go on to win not one, but two Pulitzer Prizes, a MacArthur "Genius…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:21PM
Sunday, March 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Brainsmash" - 3/5/23 by Howard Miller

"Mann tracht, un Gott lacht," or so goes the Yiddish proverb. Man plans, and God laughs. That is the crux of Sophie Weisskoff's Brainsmash, a production of The Hearth opening today at 59E59 …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:46PM
Monday, February 27, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Elyria" - 2/27/22 by Howard Miller

Elyria, a new play by Deepa Purohit opening tonight at the Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater, is a sweeping and ambitious work, packed with enough ideas to fuel at least three d…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:12PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Cornelia Street" - 2/14/23 by Howard Miller

Sometimes it happens that you attend a play or musical and find that it suffers from a rickety script or uninspired score. Still, if you are lucky, there will be something about it that draw…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:01PM
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Pictures from Home" 2/9/23 by Howard Miller

Playwright Sharr White's Pictures From Home, opening tonight at Studio 54, is a masterful translation to the stage from Larry Sultan's photo memoir of the same title. It is funny when it nee…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:58PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Shedding Load" - 2/7/23 by Howard Miller

Patience is a virtue while attending a performance of Shedding Load, a Varsity Theatre Company production opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters. Written by Varsity's founder Jessica Owens, the 7…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:07PM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Colin Quinn: Small Talk" - 1/23/23 by Howard Miller

Colin Quinn is as mellow a stand-up comic as they come, a more genial, less cranky version of, say, Jerry Seinfeld, who directed Quinn's The New York Story at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2015…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:47PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Immortal Jellyfish Girl" - 1/18/23 by Howard Miller

The visual theater company known as Wakka Wakka prides itself on "pushing the bounds of the imagination" through the creation of works that are "bold, unique, and unpredictable." The Immorta…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:12PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences" - 1/17/23 by Howard Miller

Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences, a production of Big Telly Theatre Company opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters as part of Origin Theatre's 1st Irish Fe…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:11PM
Saturday, January 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Heaven" - 1/14/23 by Howard Miller

Parallel midlife crises fueled by booze and an assortment of other superego suppressants feed the literate, comic, poignant, splendidly performed and altogether engaging series of alternatin…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:15PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Collaboration" 12/20/22 by Howard Miller

Ah, the art of making art! That, in a nutshell, is the theme of Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration, a well-acted if thinly developed play, whose scheduled opening tonight at the Samuel J. …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:38AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: ">Between Riverside and Crazy" 12/19/22 by Howard Miller

Few can devise dialog as grippingly authentic as playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is able to do. It's as though he somehow breathes life into a set of characters, places them in some challeng…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:53AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Some Like It Hot" 12/11/22 by Howard Miller

You'd think the very idea of men dressing as women for comic effect had rather passed its "sell by" date, as the recent wobbly musical adaptations of the films of Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:23PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Far Country" - 12/5/22 by Howard Miller

If you have seen Suh's earlier play, The Chinese Lady, you may come to The Far Country expecting an evening in which history comes wrapped in witty satire and the interplay between its intri…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:12PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Beautiful Noise" 12/4/22 by Howard Miller

Fans of the inordinately successful pop superstar Neil Diamond will find much to celebrate in A Beautiful Noise, the jukebox musical opening tonight at the Broadhurst Theatre, starting with …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:44PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Becky Nurse of Salem" - 12/4/22 by Howard Miller

Quirky is as quirky does in Sarah Ruhl's Becky Nurse of Salem, opening tonight at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. It is a play that covers a lot of bases: straight-up comedy…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:41PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Ain't No Mo'" 12/3/22 by Howard Miller

By any measure, Ain't No Mo' is an audacious, no-holds-barred satirical stabbing jolt about race and race relations in America. It's also loud and unrelentingly manic in its pacing and deliv…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:49AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Christmas Carol" 11/21/22 by Howard Miller

What is the opposite of "Bah! Humbug!"? "Hurrah! Veracity!" maybe? Well, perhaps not. But whatever it is, it needs to be applied to A Christmas Carol, opening tonight at the Nederlander Thea…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:43AM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "& Juliet" 11/13/22 by Howard Miller

What do you call a jukebox musical with the self-awareness and sense of humor to place an actual jukebox onstage preshow and to put a gumball machine on display as its cast performs tunes th…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:42PM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man & The Pool" 11/13/22 by Howard Miller

How to describe what it's like to be in the company of the irrepressible storyteller Mike Birbiglia, whose latest Broadway offering, The Old Man & the Pool, has landed with a resoundingly en…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:18PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Kimberly Akimbo" 11/10/22 by Howard Miller

Let me tell you about this show opening tonight at the Booth Theatre, a musical starring an actress in her 60s who plays a teenage girl nearing the end of her life. It also features the girl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:11AM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Where We Belong" - 11/9/22 by Howard Miller

In an intriguing solo piece titled Where We Belong, opening tonight at the Public Theater in a production by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, playwright and performer Madeline Sayet brings to…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:51AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Walking With Ghosts" 10/27/22 by Howard Miller

Solo acts, especially those of the memoir variety, are tricky to pull off without seeming to be either displays of narcissism ("of course, you'll want to fork out the big bucks to hear me ta…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:21PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Unbelieving" - 10/27/22 by Howard Miller

The Civilians' production of Marin Gazzaniga's The Unbelieving, opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters, is a paradigm of the company's signature form of "investigative theater." In the 65-minute …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:21PM

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