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Monday, June 3, 2019

Happy Talk - Portrait of an Unhappy Narcissist by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander When one continually projects a sunny disposition, no matter the circumstances, it’s possible the person in question is trying to hide some deep personal pain.…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

High Button Shoes - Not Reaching Nearly High Enough by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Pretty much relegated to the dustbin of history, the Broadway musical High Button Shoes is mainly remembered by theatre lovers and historians for its “Bathin…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus - A Missed Opportunity by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander No one involved in the theatre sets out to present a bad play; producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom notwithstanding. However sometimes one gets so enamored of …

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Lady in the Dark - An Enlightening Journey by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander The one thing most people will tell you when it comes to dreams is that they often don't make sense. Either literally or chronologically. Different people from v…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Nantucket Sleigh Ride - A Few Bumps In The Road by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Barely remembered images from childhood collide with recollections others simply don't want to revisit in John Guare's Nantucket Sleigh Ride. The show offering a…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Do You Feel Anger? - The Dangers of Running with the Herd by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Trying to see things from another's point of view can be an admirable trait. But when one sacrifices their own principles in the process, even if they believe it…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The B-Side: "Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons," A Record Album Interpretation - Where messages can be found between the lines by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander People of a certain age may recall the joy of going through dusty bins of vinyl recordings at a record store or flea market and seeing one that unexpectedly caug…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Daddy - Looking Behind The Eyes by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Making a relationship work becomes problematic when those involved are not completely honest about what they want in such a union. It's a message that rings loud…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

The Scarlet Pimpernel - Fun and Frivolity Amidst the Mayhem by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Given the popularity of The Scarlet Pimpernel, whose premise gave rise to numerous latter-day costumed superheroes, it’s somewhat surprising the property has o…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Dance of Death - Two People Praying for the End by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander"Death will come and then perhaps, life begins." A line at the end of August Strindberg's bitter comedy The Dance of Death which best sums up what the two main char…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Call Me Madam - Bright, Bouncy, and at times creaky by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderGiven the state of things in the world today, one would think the time would be prefect for a revival of the 1950 Broadway musical, Call Me Madam. The show currentl…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - A stirring wake-up call by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderIt's easy to draw parallels between Bertolt Brecht’s blistering political satire The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and the current U.S. presidential administr…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Girl From the North Country - Bleak, Beautiful and Absolutely Brilliant by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderFor those who have known nothing but despair for far too long, the idea of one's survival takes on an almost fervent urgency. A reality brought devastatingly home i…

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Waiting for Godot - The Messages Still Resonate by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander“Extraordinary the tricks that memory plays”, a character exclaims in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. One would be hard pressed to find a truer state…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oklahoma! - Far More Than Just Okay by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe true strength of a classical piece of theatre is its ability to be re-imagined without losing those elements which made it special in the first place. Case in p…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur - Settling for what you can get by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderA feeling of despair lurks just below the surface in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur. This seldom-seem Tennessee Williams drama, which had its initial New York run …

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

The True - Where Loyalty is Everything by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderWhat do you do when the one thing you’ve always counted on is suddenly yanked out from under you? This is the question posed in Sharr White’s new political…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Be More Chill - A Delightful Experience by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderBig Brother is no longer simply watching. He’s now taking an active role, in everything. So suggests the musical Be More Chill at The Pershing Square Si…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Lost Supper – A Hypnotic Dinner Party by Judd Hollander

A Surrealistic Journey Well Worth TakingReviewed by Judd HollanderDid you ever have a dream where different elements from completely separate parts of your life - a current love, a place you…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mary Page Marlowe - Getting To Know You - Just Not Completely by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderEach of us during the course of our lives will meet, work and interact with numerous people on an almost daily basis. Yet in the end, we'll never really know many o…

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Peace For Mary Frances - A Tale of Dysfunction That Misses the Mark by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderChoosing to die with dignity when your body is falling apart is a hotly debated topic. But what happens when one's entire family agrees with that decision, only to …

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Me and My Girl - A Musical From Yesterday Comes Roaring To Life by Judd Hollander

 Reviewed by Judd HollanderIn this world of message musicals and important themes, it’s nice to know that every so often a vehicle comes along whose only purpose is to offer a good ti…

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Long Day's Journey Into Night - One family's fall from grace by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderLike an immense series of interlocking puzzle pieces, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night inexorably charts the downfall of a family which has …

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Summer and Smoke - More Than 90% There by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderOne can't be helped out of a bad situation unless they are first willing to help themselves. A tenet for anyone suffering from substance abuse, and also when it com…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Yerma - Where Need Becomes A Dangerous Obsession by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderDirector Simon Stone's reinterpretation of Federico García Lorca's Yerma is, quite simply, one of the best shows of this or any other theatre season. Enj…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jerry Springer-The Opera by Judd Hollander

A Good Idea Taken Too FarReviewed by Judd HollanderIn the world of tabloid talk shows, few are more famous, or infamous, than "The Jerry Springer Show". A place where relationships, question…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Flight - Putting A Human Face On A Hot Button Issue by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe McKittrick Hotel, home to such artistic triumphs as Sleep No More and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, has another winner with their latest offering, Flig…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hey, Look Me Over! - It's What's Not There That's The Problem by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderFor the last quarter of a century, the appeal of the Encores! series at New York City Center has been the opportunity for audiences to see little known, or long for…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Disco Pigs - the Pangs of Youth by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderIt’s great to have a best friend when you’re a child. Someone you can tell secrets to, watch television with, and just hang out together. But as one grows …

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

He Brought Her Heart Back In A Box - The Many Shades of Racial History by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderShadows of the past run long and deep, and breaking free to find your own way is not as easy as it may seem. A point Adrienne Kennedy makes clear in her absolutely …

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Undertaking - A Pallid Examination of the Dark Side by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderA theatrical documentarian gets pulled into his own subject in The Undertaking, now at 59E59 Theaters.After working on various projects for the investigative t…

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