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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Melissa Etheridge: My Window Revier by New York Theater

Melissa Etheridge was so young when she started playing the guitar that her fingers bled, but she kept at it, which seems a fitting start for her rocky road to rock star. On her 17th birthda…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Purlie Victorious Review by New York Theater

It’s hard to picture a better cast for this first Broadway revival of Ossie Davis’s 1961 broad, biting comedy about racism in the Old South. As the title character, Leslie Odom Jr., assu…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Wanted: New Blood for Broadway. The Wiz sets opening. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

“The Wiz” announced its opening date in April, starring Nichelle Lewis as Dorothy, Deborah Cox as Glinda and Melody A. Betts (featured in this first photograph above) as Aunt Em an…

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Broadway’s View of the Jew by New York Theater

The photographs below offer a small sample of the many Jewish characters that have been portrayed in plays and musicals on Broadway, focusing on the most familiar and the most recent.  The …

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

ASL on Broadway Fall 2023 by New York Theater

 In celebration of the International Day of Sign Languages, proclaimed every September 23 by the United Nations since 2018, below is the schedule of ASL-interpreted performances on Broadwa…

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Mary Gets Hers Review by New York Theater

The story told in Emma Horwitz’s “Mary Gets Hers,” about an orphan girl who falls into prostitution, and then is rescued from it,  follows nearly scene by scene a tenth century play …

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Refuge at PAC NYC: More than a concert, an act of faith by New York Theater

During the second of the five concerts that are launching the new performing arts center at the World Trade Center, the violinist Trina Basu went up to the microphone after her set and said …

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

9 Kinds of Silence Review by New York Theater

The soldier is silent. This frustrates the woman who is not exactly his captor but not his keeper either; she works for the motherland, which disapproves of his silence.  If he doesn’t b…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Prometheus Firebringer Review. Artificial Intelligence on Stage by New York Theater

Half of what happens in “Prometheus Firebringer” is extraordinary, unprecedented. But you wouldn’t know that just by watching what’s on stage, which is mostly a series of monologues …

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Broadway 2024: 4 more. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

 Broadway favorites  Kelli O’Hara, Brian d’Arcy James, and Heidi Schreck are returning, and Rachel McAdams making her Broadway debut, in two plays and two musicals that were newly ann…

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Friday, September 15, 2023

Psychic Self Defense Review. A Curtain Raiser for the Ages by New York Theater

“Psychic Self Defense” – gorgeous, impish and enveloping — had long ended before I understood the title, although the show itself remained ineffable. To be clear, I never doubted it …

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

alt-Hamlet Review. A “post-Roe satire” by New York Theater

Susan and Bella, two students at UC Berkeley who are twin sisters, keep on getting pregnant – their pregnancy represented by red balloons —  and they keep on popping “M&Ms” –…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

PAC NYC officially opens, with two billionaires, two mayors, two matinee idols, and a governor by New York Theater

The Perelman Performing Arts Center, or PAC NYC, held a ribbon connection (rather than ribbon cutting) ceremony today on a stage in the lobby that will offer free entertainment every day fro…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Infinite Life Review. Pain on Stage, Sex in Mind. by New York Theater

Shortly before I attended Annie Baker’s new play about a group of mostly older women spending their vacations at a pain clinic in Northern California, I saw a new musical about a group of …

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Reframing 9/11, with Theater. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

The new performing arts center at the World Trade Center smartly decided to hold its official opening day ceremony on Wednesday,  not today. But if all goes well, the marble cube of the Pe…

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Fall Preview 2023: 5 Movies for Theater Lovers by New York Theater

Each of the following movies slated for release in cinemas and/or streaming services before the end of the year may be of interest to legitimate theater fans because it directly adapts a sta…

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Saturday, September 9, 2023

Broadway Poll: The Fall 2023 Show You Most Want to See by New York Theater

Choose the show that you are most looking forward to, of the ten that have an official opening on Broadway from September to December 2023. They are listed chronologically below by opening d…

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Friday, September 8, 2023

The Writing On The Stall Review: 5 Ways this “bathroom graffiti musical” made me uncomfortable by New York Theater

Caitlin Cook has reportedly spent ten years researching graffiti in public bathrooms, and five years turning the graffiti into songs, which she now has put together for an hour-long show bil…

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

Charles Busch Books: Leading Lady and Beyond Ridiculous by New York Theater

Charles Busch has always worshipped Leading Ladies, even before he became one. That happened almost four decades ago, thanks to the surprise success of his play “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Relapse Review: Mentally ill youth who can really sing. by New York Theater

Bryan is bulimic.  Melinda is schizophrenic. Kendra has borderline personality disorder. Newcomer Adam is an addict. They are young patients in group therapy at a rehab ward, presided over…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Fall Previews. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Summer officially ended with Lea Michele singing “My Man” at the curtain call for the final performance of “Funny Girl” (see video below), a song introduced by Fanny Brice in the Zie…

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Monday, September 4, 2023

The Labor Play in a Time of Labor Strikes by New York Theater

On a Labor Day when Hollywood writers and actors have been on strike for months now,  there is a fitting if startling answer this year to the question I ask every Labor Day, which is a l…

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Fall New York Theater Preview: 10 that are “can’t miss” (though not yet “must see”) by New York Theater

A new Sondheim musical, posthumously produced; a new Annie Baker play; the return to Broadway of Leslie Odom Jr. and Sarah Paulson. Below are ten shows opening in the Fall – three of which…

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

What Was Shakespeare Really Like? by New York Theater

For his ninetieth birthday, Sir Stanley Wells, considered one of the world’s greatest authorities on William Shakespeare, was asked to deliver four lectures to answer the following questio…

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Friday, September 1, 2023

September 2023 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Below is a calendar of theater opening* in New York in September: Leslie Odom Jr is returning to Broadway in a revival of a play by Ossie Davis, and rock star Melissa Etheridge is bringing …

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

End of Summer Theater Quiz 2023 by New York Theater

The quiz below offers a theatergoer’s perspective on this crazy, busy, unnerving summer, Loading…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

The Tempest Review: Renée Elise Goldsberry as Prospero in A Public Works Musical by New York Theater

Renée Elise Goldsberry’s star turn as Prospero helps make this entertaining new musical adaptation of “The Tempest” thrilling in some of the same ways as the musical for which she won…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

How To Steal An Election Musical Review by New York Theater

“How To Steal An Election,” a 1968 musical that offers a cynical history lesson about American presidential politics, is getting a perky revival as part of York Theater Company’s M…

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Monday, August 28, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech, delivered 60 years ago today by New York Theater

On 28 August, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the following speech at the March on Washington: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demons…

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The Dog Days for Theater. Sondheim, Louis Armstrong Musicals Sneak Peeks. Audra McDonald=Judy Garland? #Stageworthy News by New York Theater

The end of August, traditionally the dog days of summer, this year brings news of a British movie theater chain allowing dogs to accompany humans at select showings. Would this work for le…

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

Gays on Broadway. What is a gay play? by New York Theater

To author Ethan Mordden, Edward Albee is the “Great American Gay Playwright” —  emphasis on gay — even though few of his plays have any gay characters in them at all nor any obviou…

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