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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Seesaw by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although J2 Spotlight’s artistic director Robert W. Schneider who staged this show has given it a vigorous production and cast a delightful Gittel in Stephanie Israelson, he is unable to d…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stew by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In making her professional stage debut courtesy of Page 73, Zora Howard has written a powerful kitchen sink drama in 'Stew," as much about making a literal stew as about the emotional stew t…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Mint Theater Company has rediscovered and championed British actor/playwright Miles Malleson with Conflict and Yours Unfaithfully. Now they have combined two of his one acts adapted from…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bookwriter Jonathan Marc Sherman has wisely kept the story in its period. However, his dialogue is almost word for word lifted from the screenplay which is rather old hat for those of us hav…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Medea (Brooklyn Academy of Music) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Simon Stone’s adaptation is engrossing for its surprising updates, it never captures the emotions, seeming more like a gimmick that a reworking of the Greek tragedy. With most of the…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Sister Calling My Name by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

An author can be too close to his or her material so that the real story fails to be revealed. Inspired by his own family events, Buzz McLaughlin’s Sister Calling My Name has a fascinating…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

The New York Pops: “Find Your Dream: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein” by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The New York Pops’ latest concert, Find Your Dream, was a glorious tribute to nostalgia. Not only was it an evening of the beloved songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein with selectionsfrom all …

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Laura Linney is never one to avoid a challenge. When she last appeared at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre she was alternating in the roles of “Regina” and “Birdie…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Paradise Lost by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

When a playwright adapts a famous, well-known story for the stage the problem becomes how to tell it in a new way that makes it seem unfamiliar and fresh. Otherwise, why bother retelling it …

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Timon of Athens (Theatre for a New Audience) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

On paper the concept should not work: scenes and characters have been cut, a Shakespeare sonnet has been added set to music, as well as a Greek song, and four characters originally written f…

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Thunder Rock by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It is not difficult to see what attracted Metropolitan Playhouse to Ardrey’s drama: its message that one cannot shut one’s self off from the problems of the world as the America First mo…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Speaking alternately, the six women talk of food, traditions, love, family, beliefs, ethics, dreams, abuse and New Zealand men. They speak of their dreams of a future and a better life. The …

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

London Assurance by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Dion Boucicault’s "London Assurance" is still a witty and lively play after almost 180 years. With its farcical elements laid over a drawing room comedy plot, Charlotte Moore’s adroit pr…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

one in two by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson and Edward Mawere in a scene from Donja R. Love’s “one in two” in a world premiere production by The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center (Phot…

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Inheritance by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Samuel H. Levine, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap in a scene from Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Photo credit: Marc Brenner) Victor Gluck, Editor-in-Ch…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Judgment Day by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

A product of the tumultuous thirties whose work was banned by the Nazis even though he was not Jewish, Von Horváth was particularly interested in social criticism of the middle-class and wa…

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

One November Yankee by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Beloved television stars Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law) and Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart) return to the New York stage in Joshua Ravetch’s "One November Yankee" which they previously performed a…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Greater Clements by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Told in leisurely style, Greater Clements is about the decline (and possible fall) of the American dream. Hunter appears to be saying that this is a long-time coming and its roots go very de…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alyssa May Gold, Rebecca Jimenez, Carmen Berkeley and Malika Samuel in a scene from Alexis Scheer’s “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (Photo credit: Shira Friedman…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tony Triano as Santa Claus in a scene from the Argyle Theatre production of Meredith Willson’s “Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical” (Photo credit: Richard Termine) Victor Gluck, Edito…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

The Underlying Chris by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Another way to look at the play is as the twelve stages of man and woman, going Shakespeare five more steps. Unlike Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe, in which the heroine was played by a dif…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Having won the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for "I and You," this is the fourth production of a Lauren Gunderson play in New York since …

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Cyrano by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

For those younger members of the audience who do not know Edmond Rostand’s classic French play, "Cyrano de Bergerac," the new musical "Cyrano" presented by The New Group at the Darryl Roth…

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Fefu and Her Friends by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While María Irene Fornés' "Fefu and Her Friends" is considered a feminist statement, in performance the play seems not to be very revealing about women or their positions other than the f…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Let ‘Em Eat Cake by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Having had a success with Of Thee I Sing in 2017, MasterVoices had chosen to stage the sequel with an equally starry cast made up of most of the singers from the previous show in the same ro…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

The Crucible (Bedlam) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As produced by Bedlam in association with The Nora, Arthur Miller’s 1953 tragedy, "The Crucible," based on the Salem Witch Trials proves to be both riveting and relevant all over again. In…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Einstein’s Dreams by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alan Lightman’s 1992 internationally best-selling novel "Einstein’s Dreams" would seem like an unlikely choice for stage adaptation as the original book is made up of 30 variations on th…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder!!! by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder!!!" is a dinner theater musical mystery set in the very restaurant (The Secret Room) where the audience is having dinner. This return engagement of the lo…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Slava’s Snowshow by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Slava’s Snowshow" is a unique experience. It is clowning of a sophisticated sort with its wordless skits which takes it beyond language. Its set pieces are outrageous enough to transcend …

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Broadbend, Arkansas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Produced by Transport Group in association with The Public Theater and directed with precision, clarity and simplicity by Transport Group’s artistic director Jack Cummings III, this story …

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Scotland, PA by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

There have been many adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth but none of them probably as entertaining as the new musical "Scotland, PA." Presented in the cartoon style of "Little Shop of Horr…

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