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Monday, April 15, 2024

Las Borinqueñas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Nelson Diaz-Marcano’s "Las Borinqueñas," the latest play in the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Science and Technology Project, has a fascinating, little known stor…

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Reef (opera workshop) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

On April 10, 2024, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center presented a tantalizing teaser of a musical evening with the world premiere workshop of only the first act of 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winni…

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Fish by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from its attempt to cover too much at one time (drug addiction, pregnancy, incarceration, high school dropouts, gun violence, lack of health care, underfunded ghetto schools), "Fish" d…

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Water for Elephants by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright/bookwriter Rick Elice has written the greatest jukebox musical (so far) in his 2005 Jersey Boys. In his adaptation of Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel Water for Elephants, he may …

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

The Notebook: The Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the characters age, the use of diversity here has them switch races, so that while one couple has a Black Allie and a white Noah, another has a white Allie and a Black Noah, as well as…

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

An Enemy of the People by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The concept of alternate facts was not created under the Trump Administration. In 1882 Henrik Ibsen wrote "An Enemy of the People" in which a medical report that a town’s new spa is pollut…

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Eddie Izzard: Hamlet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In this tour de force, Izzard has come up with a different voice and stance for each character: King Claudius is a baritone, Lord Polonius has a limp, Lady Ophelia has a somewhat breathy spe…

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Corruption by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright J.T. Rogers ("Oslo", 2017 Tony Award for Best Play) specializes in dramatizing the backstories to true scandals of which the real details behind the facts never made the news. His…

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Illinoise by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While "Illinoise" does not seem bigger than its individual parts nor transcend them, it is both satisfying and moving. Peck’s inventive and derivative choreography at the same time seems t…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The Effect by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Soutra Gilmour’s setting is a sort of empty runway with the audience sitting on either side. The other props are two black chairs at either end for the two doctors. Scenes are created enti…

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Bedlam’s The Assassination of Julius Caesar as Told by William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play is treated like a rehearsal (a conceit also used by Bedlam in their incomprehensible and lame "Henry IV" workshop in Brooklyn in 2023) with the director (Andrew Rothenberg who also …

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Ally by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Itamar Moses’ 'The Ally" is a play of ideas not only torn from today’s headlines but tomorrow’s as well. Ostensibly dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian question on college campuses to…

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Brooklyn Laundry by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

John Patrick Shanley has become our poet of lonely, desperate working class people trying to make a connection despite their inadequacies and hang-ups in such plays as "Danny and the Deep Bl…

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Monday, March 4, 2024

The Script in the Closet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright Joyce Griffen’s idea of farce in her new play "The Script in the Closet" is a series of 48, mostly very short scenes in which to keep the plot going she continually introduces n…

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Seven Year Disappear by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While "The Seven Year Disappear" may challenge and confuse many theatergoers, people used to performance art may get the in-jokes. Jordan Seavey whose play "Homos, or Everyone in America" wa…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Deadly Stages by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While we could use a good murder mystery stage play, "Deadly Stages" is too derivative to suit the bill. The cast work hard mostly playing multiple roles, but the play seems to have attempte…

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Five, The Parody Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

When she arrives dressed in a white pant suit, Labeija steals the stage with Hillary’s number “Miss Me Now” which trumps them all with a series of Broadway parodies paying tribute to C…

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Between Two Knees by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

At the performance under review, part of the audience found the show hilariously funny, while others proverbially sat on their hands. The show makes use of history, parody, satire, burlesque…

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Warrior Sisters of Wu by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Inspired by 20th century film and video games based on the classic Chinese novel of the 15th century, 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms," Damon Chua’s delightful and engrossing "Warrior Siste…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

The Apiary by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unfortunately, at 70 minutes the play seems skimpy. Structured in a great many short scenes, only one thing happens in each, so that there is a sameness to it all. Basically a two character …

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Munich Medea: Happy Family by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Like its unwieldy title, Corinne Jaber’s "Munich Medea: Happy Family" takes its time getting where it is going but is ultimately powerful and revealing in its almost unspeakable tale. It d…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Sarah Gancher’s "Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy" is seemingly torn from the headlines - if this were the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election which pitted Hillary Clinton…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The Following Evening by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although written and directed by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone of 600 Highwaymen, "The Following Evening" is a tribute and a summing up of the 50 year career and marriage of experim…

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Jonah by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play is best at its mysteries which are only slowly revealed. However, audience members may be confused part of the time as to the sequence of events and the relationships. A great deal …

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

The Greatest Hits Down Route 66 by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The title of Michael Aguirre’s "The Greatest Hits Down Route 66," the story of the Franco family’s road trip during the summer of 1999, refers to Carl Sandburg’s 1927 "The American Son…

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Our Class by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s "Our Class" is epic in its storytelling and shocking in its specifics. At three hours, the play is never long or boring as every line of dialogue offers new details …

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Pride House by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While “Pride” has come to stand for Gay Liberation in contemporary times, Beatrice has named her house after Jane Austen’s novel as it is made clear when she names her new guesthouse �…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Appropriate by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Not only is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ "Appropriate" a classic American family drama with a new wrinkle, it is also a trenchant and scorching look at American racism which is just under the s…

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Monday, January 8, 2024

The Whole of Time by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from the title not being explained, the Jean Graham-Jones translation seems to end very abruptly. Nothing is settled at the end of its short running time and it certainly feels like mo…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The New York Pops: The Best Christmas of All with Norm Lewis by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Joy filled Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops’ annual two-night Christmas concert entitled "The Best Christmas of All" led by genial host, music director and conductor Steven Reineke. Th…

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

The Night of the Iguana by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The latest Tennessee Williams revival is the first major New York staging of "The Night of the Iguana" since Roundabout Theatre’s 1996 production. Emily Mann’s version with a great many …

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards