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Monday, June 27, 2022

The Orchard by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke . . .  Let’s go back to the beginning and remind ourselves that Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is fundamentally about social change. Almost cataclysmic social change in…

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Chains by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Since 1995, the mission of Off-Broadway’s Mint Theater has been to revive worthy but forgotten plays, mainly British and American. Some have proved gems, some i…

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Epiphany by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . . Dinners and dinner parties, the automatic catalyst for awkward, revealing and often life-changing interactions, have fascinated such writers as Thornton Wilder, A…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:18PM

Don’t Look Back by Jk Clarke

By Carole Di Tosti . . .  Presented by the Voyage Theater Company in their World Premiere, Don’t Look Back, by Adam Kraar, highlights current issues and profound themes in his reimagining…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:09AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Corsicana by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  “There’s a part of me that really wants this program note to say ‘Corsicana is a small city in Texas. This play is about four people who live there. Thank…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:59PM

The Boys From Syracuse by Jk Clarke

By Andrew Poretz . . .  Way back in 1938, George Abbott, with the help of a couple of New York songwriters you might have heard of—Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart—adapted William Shakes…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:27AM

Bobby Sanabria at Dizzy’s Club by Jk Clarke

By Marilyn Lester . . .  When percussionist, composer, educator and multi-Grammy Award nominee Bobby Sanabria appears on a bandstand, what’s guaranteed is a bona fide happening—an exper…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:13AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla Present: Babe!  by Jk Clarke

by Adam Cohen . . . My 16-year-old has been going to theater for almost ten years. The show that most resonated with her was The Prom—a musical ostensibly about bullying . . . and finding …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:10AM
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Cabaret News by Jk Clarke

Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton are back by popular demand to Sing Steve and Oscar on June 26 and July 10 @ 7 pm at Don’t Tell Mama with Christopher Denny, Music Direction, the show di…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:48AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

American Ballet Theatre’s “Don Quixote” at the Met by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  The title of this review alone offers three reasons that should send anyone rushing to see dance of the highest order: 1) American Ballet Theatre (ABT) being one of th…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:40PM

APSS Honors Lee Roy Reams by Jk Clarke

By Andrew Poretz . . .  PERFORMANCE PHOTOS – COCKTAIL EVENT PHOTOS On Sunday June 12, the stars converged at the Cutting Room to honor the great Lee Roy Reams with a Lifetime Achievement …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:13AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Robin Lyon – Been There, Done That, Now What? by Jk Clarke

By Andrew Poretz . . . Robin Lyon was a not-quite-major Broadway performer in the 1980s and early 1990s. A talented singer, dancer and actress, she had multiple credits in such shows as A Ch…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:45AM

An Evening With Anita Gillette and Lee Roy Reams by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  I’ve always imagined what it must have been like to attend a dinner party at Ira Gershwin’s house in Beverly Hills back in the day when, late in the evening, his f…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:33AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Snow in Midsummer  by Jk Clarke

By Marilyn Lester . . . Sometime during the Yuan Dynasty, playwright Guan Hanqing (1241-1320) wrote Gan Tian Dong Di Dou E Yuan—translated as: The Injustice to Dou E that Touched Heaven an…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:44PM

Eva Luna by Jk Clarke

By Yani Perez . . .  Eva Luna, written by Caridad Svich with direction by Estefanía Fadul, is based on Isabel Allende’s novel by the same title. This production, presented by Repertorio…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:30PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

A Tonys to Stand Up and Cheer About. . . by Jk Clarke

And Complete List of Tony Nominees and Winners – – – By Ron Fassler – our man at the Tonys . . . Last evening the 75th Annual Tony Awards were handed out at Radio City Music Hall, an…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:31PM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Bedwetter by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Don’t get me wrong. I love Sarah Silverman, the comedian. She’s the very model of a modern Mrs. Maisel, using potty-mouthed wit to shoot darts at contemporary…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:31PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Joanna Gleason – Out of the Eclipse by Jk Clarke

By Andrew Poretz . . . “Dying is easy.Comedy is hard”— so go the supposed last words of Edmund Kean. In Out of the Eclipse, Canadian-born performer Joanna Gleason speaks and sings of f…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:30AM

Sky of Darkness by Jk Clarke

By Marcina Zaccaria . . .  In an effort to build bigger business, West Africans battle with Chinese fighter pilots in Sky of Darkness. With convincing and upsetting spoken text and a series…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:54AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Quince by Jk Clarke

By Yani Perez . . .  Quince—written and co-created by Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez; directed and co-created by Ellpetha Tsivicos—is a lively, interactive birthday party, a feel-good show that…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:15AM
Monday, June 6, 2022

Mr. Parker by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . . I have a bone to pick, but first the play: Mr. Parker, originally produced by Island City Stage, Fort Lauderdale, in 2018. Michael McKeever (Daniel’s Husband) has…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:00PM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

…what the end will be by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  What does it mean to be a gay black male in America today? It’s a question that’s been pondered on many New York stages this past season, in shows ranging f…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:30PM
Friday, May 27, 2022

Funny Girl by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Barbra Streisand was a relatively unknown 21-year-old singer in 1964 when she exploded into Broadway superstardom as Manhattan-born vaudeville comedienne Fania Bo…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:48AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fat Ham by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Before this year, there were only two plays that won a Pulitzer Prize before being produced in New York, The Kentucky Cycle in 1992 and Anna in the Tropics in 200…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:45PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

A Case For the Existence of God by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  Faith and hope can often be in short supply these days, whether in Twin Falls, Idaho, the setting of Samuel D. Hunter’s delicate, beautifully acted two-hander…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:30AM
Saturday, May 21, 2022

Mr. Saturday Night by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  In 1992, comedian Billy Crystal made his movie directing debut with Mr. Saturday Night, which he co-wrote and in which he also starred as Buddy Young, Jr., a wash…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:00PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

VIPs Making Visits to Americano! by Jk Clarke

Following its big opening night May 1 and continuing critical acclaim, ¡Americano! the Musical has been drawing boldface names from the show business community as well as government offici…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:47AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Golden Shield by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” This now-classic line from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke could be projected above the stage for the enti…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:59PM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Reasons by Jk Clarke

By Adam Cohen . . .  While we all strive to obtain and surpass our aspirations, few of us are afforded the opportunity . . . even if it’s a terrible goal. Success, failure. Living or dyin…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:30AM
Sunday, May 15, 2022

Jason Robert Brown Plays Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jk Clarke

By Adam Cohen . . .  Jason Robert Brown, composer, Tony winner, held an amazing court on Friday, May 13 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Backed by a scintillatingly tight band, he offered the aud…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:45AM
Saturday, May 14, 2022

American Buffalo by Jk Clarke

By Carol Rocamora . . .  “F***ing business!” Who better than David Mamet can sum up the essence of American society and its values in only two words and make them sound so eloquent!? As…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:30AM

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