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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Blindness by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Read by unseen British stage star Juliet Stevenson, "Blindness" is as timely as Albert Camus’ "The Plague" with its story of an epidemic which affects first a community, then a city and fi…

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Lilies" is an attempt at old-fashioned theater or to couch a modern story in old-fashioned trappings. The problem with the play for modern audiences may be stated in its subtitle, “The Re…

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the chronology is somewhat convoluted as the text occasionally skips around grouping some similar events (such as two trips to New York City), if you follow along, the script depicts W…

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Two Sisters and a Piano by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Directed by the author, "Two Sisters and a Piano" reveals its roots as a radio play from its reliance on poetry and language: this is a cat-and-mouse game in which the participants use words…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Girl from the North Country (Broadway) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Set in a dark time, "Girl from the North Country" creates a community on stage as do the best plays and musicals. Its tale of lost souls attempting to keep their heads above water is univers…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coal Country by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

For "Coal Country," an investigation into the April 5, 2010 West Virginia disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine which killed 29 men, authors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen …

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall has given the Transport Group production staged at The Abroms Arts Center a rousing production, the major problem still exists with the stor…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

About Love by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The inspiration for "About Love" is Ivan Turgenev’s "First Love," one of the greatest of all novellas. Subtitled “a play with songs and music,” that is exactly what it is: a dramatic p…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mr. Toole by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Vivian Neuwirth’s "Mr. Toole" is a fitting tribute to a charismatic teacher and a brilliant author. However, the play, in the form it currently is in, seems to have been shoehorned into a …

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Mixing fiction and fact, new Signature Theatre Residency playwright Lauren Yee’s "Cambodian Rock Band" is an engrossing, entertaining and appalling  investigation into the Khmer Rouge’s…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

No Strings by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following its opening production of Cy Coleman’s equally rarely seen "Seesaw," J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company is presenting a fully staged version of "No Strings" as the second produ…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

All the Natalie Portmans by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

MCC Theater’s New York premiere of C.A. Johnson’s new play "All the Natalie Portmans" is a lovely work which resembles other such modern coming of age plays from Carson McCullers’ "The…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blues for an Alabama Sky by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Pearl Cleage’s "Blues for an Alabama Sky" gets a belated New York premiere courtesy of Keen Company in its 20th season. Although seen in many regional theaters since its 1995 premiere at t…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Dracula (Classic Stage Company) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As the centerpiece of its spring season, Classic Stage Company is presenting a repertory of adaptations of two legendary Gothic horror stories: Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" and Mary Shelley’s…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

a photograph / lovers in motion by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Now that The Public Theater’s 2019 revival of the late Nzotake Shange’s "for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf" has been critically acclaimed once again…

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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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