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Sunday, November 20, 2022

The Gett: The Epic Story of Creation, Cut Down to Human Size by Sandy MacDonald

★★☆☆☆ The entire Judeo-Christian creation myth, wrapped in one woman's very trying week. The post The Gett: The Epic Story of Creation, Cut Down to Human Size appeared first on New…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Boswell: History Comes to Life, Juicily, in This Clever Bio-Play by Sandy MacDonald

★★★☆☆ A rare opportunity to hang out with London's witty literary crowd, circa 1770. The post Boswell: History Comes to Life, Juicily, in This Clever Bio-Play appeared first on Ne…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Kimberly Akimbo: A Doomed Teen Valiantly Seizes the Day by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★★ The last chapter in a young girl's abbreviated life proves heartwarmingly hilarious The post Kimberly Akimbo: A Doomed Teen Valiantly Seizes the Day appeared first on New Yor…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:52PM
Monday, November 7, 2022

Only Gold: At Least the Dancing Shines by Sandy MacDonald

★★☆☆☆ Unimaginatively script aside, this rehashed fairy tale features some spectacular dancing. The post Only Gold: At Least the Dancing Shines appeared first on New York Stage Re…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:06PM
Sunday, November 6, 2022

You Will Get Sick: Laughter Laced with Malaise by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★☆ Playwright Noah Diaz probes one salient flaw in the human condition: mortality. The post You Will Get Sick: Laughter Laced with Malaise appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:58PM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

ALMOST FAMOUS: ALMOST FABULOUS, BUT FLAWED by Sandy MacDonald

★★★☆☆ Newcomer Casey Likes shines as a 15-year-old rock-journo wannabe, growing up fast in 1973. The post ALMOST FAMOUS: ALMOST FABULOUS, BUT FLAWED appeared first on New York Sta…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:53PM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The Year of Magical Thinking: Kathleen Chalfant Brings Joan Didion Back to Life by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★☆ Portraying the acclaimed late author, an equally celebrated actor acclimates us to the inevitability of loss. The post The Year of Magical Thinking: Kathleen Chalfant Brings …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 12:01PM
Sunday, October 30, 2022

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE: THE TITLE IS PERHAPS ALL TOO APT by Sandy MacDonald

★★☆☆☆ Jim Parsons puts in minimal effort in portraying a driven, passionate "nobody." The post A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE: THE TITLE IS PERHAPS ALL TOO APT appeared first on New York S…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:58PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Unbelieving: Agnostics Anonymous — Renegade Preachers Confess Their Doubts by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★☆ Has God left the building? Nine religious professionals, of varied faiths, suspect that the party may be over. The post The Unbelieving: Agnostics Anonymous — Renegade Prea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:51PM
Saturday, October 22, 2022

Montag: A Female Odd Couple Sits Out a Crisis by Sandy MacDonald

★★★☆☆ Two women barricade themselves against the outside world and seek refuge in one another's company. The post Montag: A Female Odd Couple Sits Out a Crisis appeared first on Ne…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:55PM
Friday, October 21, 2022

F*ck7thGrade: Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule recalls that trying time by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★☆ Relive the agonies of your first romantic entanglements -- prompted by an extraordinarily honest and insightful sympathizer. The post F*ck7thGrade: Singer/songwriter Jill Sob…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Topdog/Underdog: Keep your eye on the winner — but which? by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★★ It's a story as old as Cain and Abel, but Suzan-Lori Parks made it contemporary and compelling -- a neo-classic. The post Topdog/Underdog: Keep your eye on the winner — but…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Chester Bailey: A Civilian Casualty of World War II by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★☆ Reed and Ephraim Birney (father and son) recreate a doctor-patient relationship from 1945 that delivers equal parts shock and awe. The post Chester Bailey: A Civilian Casualt…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Wuthering Heights: Happily a Bit Extra by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★☆ The course of true love endures some rough -- but riveting -- turns in Emma Rice's imaginative musical rendering. The post Wuthering Heights: Happily a Bit Extra appeared fir…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge: Verbatim but disembodied by Sandy MacDonald

★★☆☆☆ Why flatten the affect of two powerful orators? Baldwin's points bear repeating; Buckley's condescension rankles as ever. The post Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge: Verbatim …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:30PM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

american (tele)visions: ‘80s Nostalgia Adorns a Standard Family Saga by Sandy MacDonald

★★☆☆☆ An immigrant tale packed with tragedy forfeits urgency when too artfully pixelated. The post american (tele)visions: ‘80s Nostalgia Adorns a Standard Family Saga appeared …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:15PM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Remember This: A Vital Message Goes Unheeded by Sandy MacDonald

★★★★☆ David Strathairn stirringly embodies a hero who tried to alert the Allies to Hitler’s ultimate goal The post Remember This: A Vital Message Goes Unheeded appeared first …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

How Broadway Powerhouse Daryl Roth Fell For a Teenage Musical Fantasy - The notion of "happily ever after" gets a fresh twist in this page-to-stage ad by Sandy MacDonald

The notion of "happily ever after" gets a fresh twist in this page-to-stage adaptation of Between the Lines Indecent. The Kite Runner. How I Learned to Drive. Jagged Little Pill. During her …

SOURCE: TDF at 12:00AM
Friday, July 15, 2022

Notre Dame de Paris: French Import Is Less Than Monumental by Sandy MacDonald

★★☆☆☆ This 'musical spectacle' take on the Hunchback's tale is both over-the-top and underwhelming The post Notre Dame de Paris: French Import Is Less Than Monumental appeared firs…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 04:11PM
Friday, February 4, 2022

How Ricky Ian Gordon Is Fulfilling His Destiny - At long last, the composer has two operas currently running in NYC by Sandy MacDonald

At long last, the composer has two operas currently running in NYC Opera deals in intense emotions. As an impressionable child coming of age on Long Island in the '60s in the wake of three a…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:00AM
Friday, December 4, 2020

SOULFUL SCROOGE by Sandy MacDonald

Scrooge’s reawakening to the importance of community couldn’t come at a better time.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 08:12PM
Saturday, February 29, 2020

PATRON OF THE ARTS by Sandy MacDonald

The portrait of this bio-play wouldn t have liked the way it makes sport of the shenanigans of ignorant peasants.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 12:24AM
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

UNQUENCHABLE EGO by Sandy MacDonald

Rick Miller provides a relentless recap of an era not exactly lost in the mists of time.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 05:24PM
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

CODED CHARACTERS by Sandy MacDonald

This sprightly, clever musical proves that theater doesn t always have to enlighten; it can simply tickle.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 03:54PM

TRUNK PLAY by Sandy MacDonald

This neo-Gothic ghost tale has some down-to-earth charms.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 02:48PM
Saturday, January 18, 2020

MACDONALD'S TOP PICK OF 2019 by Sandy MacDonald

This chamber musical was a showcase for the extraordinary vocal talents of Joshua Henry.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 05:48PM
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

BEST OF 2019 by Sandy MacDonald

This chamber musical was a showcase for the extraordinary vocal talents of Joshua Henry.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 07:48PM
Thursday, December 12, 2019

LONELY SOULS by Sandy MacDonald

Beneath that teen rebel façade quivers a heart of gold.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 10:06PM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

HALF DIVINE by Sandy MacDonald

A teen-oriented musical grows too big for its britches.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 12:12AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

LET IT BE by Sandy MacDonald

If two Beatles sitting in a hotel room talking sounds boring to you, you re not wrong.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 01:36PM
Monday, July 8, 2019

CHILDHOOD CUT SHORT by Sandy MacDonald

David Cale’s autobiographical solo show recounts a boyhood marked by upheaval.

SOURCE: Theater News Online at 08:24PM

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