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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The Angst of Letting Go – Lone Star by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Walter Murphy . . , . Ruth Stage’s production of James McLure’s Lone Star—currently playing at Theatre Row through December 23—is a great example of how a seasoned …

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Hell’s Kitchen by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carol Rocamora . . . . “This girl is on fire” . . . and so is her show. Hell’s Kitchen, Alicia Keys’s vibrant new bio-musical now playing at the Public Theater, is …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:31AM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Jerusalem Syndrome Wanders in the Desert by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . . Paging a play doctor. The Jerusalem Syndrome needs some tender loving care—STAT! A company of some very talented actors are doing their best to breath…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:00PM
Friday, November 24, 2023

Meeting the Elite Lee Roy Reams at the Equally Elite Wick Museum Club Gala by Jk Clarke

Review by Myra Chanin . . . . I spent Saturday afternoon sampling the fruits of the spectacular interaction between a quartet of indefatigable theatrical somebodies. Let’s start with three…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:17PM
Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Walter Murphy . . . . Music Halls have traditionally presented a variety of acts with a sing-along quality—popular entertainment for the people. This year’s Christmas S…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:18PM

One Night Only: Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara at Carnegie Hall by Jk Clarke

Music Review by  Ron Fassler . . . . Hard to believe it was for only one night because the show that Sutton Foster and Kelli O’Hara put together with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall th…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:40AM

Joshua Henry – Get Up Stand Up at 92NY by Jk Clarke

Music Review by Brian Scott Lipton . . .  Given the extreme amount of audience participation Joshua Henry demanded of his audience at the 92NY on Saturday night at his “Get Up Stand Up”…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:18AM

Poor Yella Rednecks, A Pop, Hip-Hop, Theatrical, Comic-Con Mash-up by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carole Di Tosti . . . . The versatile Qui Nguyen, Co-Founder of the acclaimed theater company Vampire Cowboys, notable for its productions of She Kills Monsters, Revenge So…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:45AM
Monday, November 20, 2023

Amid Falling Walls by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . It’s a pleasure to report that, with Amid Falling Walls (Tsvishn Falndike Vent), the venerable National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene yet again demo…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:06PM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

I Will Read your Mind, Kinda – Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Walter Murphy . . . . Mischief Production has staked its claim as the king of collegial parodies. It asks audiences to suspend an expectation of professionalism with an app…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:00PM
Saturday, November 18, 2023

Waiting For Godot by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s two-act, existential tragicomedy, was first performed, in French, as En attendant Godot, in 1953, and in Engl…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:09PM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Bring Out Your Dead! Spamalot is Back by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . . The audience eats it up like spam. A lot. Spamalot has returned to Broadway offering more laughs than ever at the St. James Theatre. The 2005 musical ba…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:00PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Scene Partners by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Adam Cohen . . . . Diane Wiest returns to the stage in Vineyard Theatre’s production of John J. Caswell’s play Scene Partners. Set in 1985, the play features Wiest as a…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:45PM

Ode to the Wasp Woman by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Rider McDowell’s stingless Ode to the Wasp Woman, Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theatre, dramatizes the sad, tawdry fates of four Hollywood …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:07PM

Dianne Wiest Shines in Scene Partners by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . .  “I have been acting all of my life! It’s about time I get paid for it!” So says Meryl Kowalski, the protagonist of John J. Caswell’s world-pre…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:09PM

Beat the Devil: A Covid Monologue with David Hare by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . . Being read to at night is basic to a child’s needs once tucked in and ready for bed. If one is lucky, their parents are adept at storytelling. The bes…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:25PM
Sunday, November 12, 2023

Arcadia  by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by JK Clarke . . . . Considering the dearth of intellectually challenging plays on New York City’s vaunted stages in recent years, the staging of one of the most intelligent…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:26PM
Saturday, November 11, 2023

November 1918: The Great War and The Great Gatsby by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Marcina Zaccaria . . . . In honor of Veteran’s Day, the stage was set at Carnegie Hall for November 1918: The Great War and The Great Gatsby. Katie Couric announced this …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:22PM
Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Ragtime For the 21st Century – in the DC Area by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  When I first saw the musical Ragtime in Los Angeles, prior to Broadway twenty-six years ago, I had chills up and down my spine at the opening number and tears streamin…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:21PM
Monday, November 6, 2023

“The Frogs” Leaps Back Onstage by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  One of the true oddities in the long and versatile career of Stephen Sondheim, The Frogs is like no other show in the canon. In 1974, he created a few songs at the req…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:05AM
Sunday, November 5, 2023

Absolute Perfection! The Wick Theatre’s I Love A Piano by Jk Clarke

Irving Berlin’s Musical Soundtrack to Everything Wonderful in Many/Most/All 20th Century American Lives – By Myra Chanin . . . At least three cheers, once again, for Marilyn Wick, the e…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:46AM
Saturday, November 4, 2023

Stereophonic – The Artful Magic of Studio Recording by Jk Clarke

By Carole Di Tosti . . .  Playwright David Adjmi (The Evildoers, Stunning and Other Plays), has struck platinum with his astounding Stereophonic, a hybrid comedy/drama/musical, currently ru…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:20PM
Friday, November 3, 2023

I Need That — It’s Father-Daughter Time by Jk Clarke

By Carole Di Tosti . . .  Material possessions can interfere with healthy family relationships. This is especially so for Sam (Danny DeVito), a “quasi-hoarder” with a purpose, and daugh…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:50PM

I Can Get It For You Wholesale  by Jk Clarke

By Carol Rocamora . . .  A crosscurrent of compelling themes run fast and deep in the turbulent, terrific revival of I Can Get It For You Wholesale. Directed with ingenuity and flair by Tri…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:18PM

Pal Joey  by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton . . .  There are two questions on the lips of almost every patron entering New York City Center this week for its “revisal” of the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical Pa…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:55PM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

Sabbath’s Theater by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . .  Philip Roth, the prolific novelist who died in 2018 at 85, saw eight of his books adapted for movies and TV, but very few for the stage. However, John Turturro ha…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:30PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Wait Until Dark: Worth Waiting Until Dark to See – Florida Theater by Jk Clarke

By Myra Chanin . . .  I moved to Florida during the plague and, for a short while, felt like a Manhattan snob that left paradise for a cultural desert . . . until I attended my first Boca S…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:15AM
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Translations: What’s in a Name? by Jk Clarke

By Carole Di Tosti . . .  In his play, Translations, Brian Friel uses language to underscore a thematic message about power, control and domination. As the first play in the three-play seri…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:30AM
Monday, October 30, 2023

Cristin Milioti Sings at Joe’s Pub by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . .  Christin Milioti has achieved a solid reputation in her more than twenty-year career as an actress. She’s given terrific performances in everything from romantic com…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:54AM
Saturday, October 28, 2023

#uglycry by Jk Clarke

By Stuart Miller . . .  Eric Anthamatten seems to have been an amazing guy: a sixth-degree black belt who taught martial arts, a musician, a Ph.D. in philosophy, a professor, a writer about…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:00PM
Thursday, October 26, 2023

Disarmed by Arms and the Man by Jk Clarke

By Walter Murphy . . .  A play about war. Really? Bombarded, of late, with news blasts about Russia/Ukraine and most recently Israel/Hamas, I wondered what insights about war George Bernard…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:00PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater