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Friday, August 6, 2021

Standing on the Edge of Time by Wendy Caster

The Potomac Theatre Project's recent streaming play, Standing on the Edge of Time, consists largely of people talking--alone, in pairs, or in groups--about  history, theatre, relationships …

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Friday, April 9, 2021

The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume 4 (book review) by Wendy Caster

 My latest review is up at Talkin' Broadway. According to their interviews in The Untold Stories of Broadway: Volume 4, Ed Dixon has great affection for The Scarlet Pimpernel; Krysta Rodr…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Tom Stoppard: A Life (book review) by Wendy Caster

My review of Tom Stoppard: A Life appears on Talkin' Broadway. Hermione Lee's Tom Stoppard: A Life is a formidable achievement. Not only does Lee cover the story of Stoppard's life in gr…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Myths and Hymns (Chapter 1): Flight by Wendy Caster

I'm going to cut to the chase here. I highly, highly, highly recommend the MasterVoices streaming production of Myths and Hymns, chapter one of which is available right now. The music, by Ad…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Singular Sensation (book review) by Wendy Caster

I reviewed Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway by Michael Riedel, on Talkin' Broadway. I had mixed feelings.  To read the review, please click here.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Conflict by Wendy Caster

Great news: It's not too late to watch The Mint's fabulous production of the painfully timely 1925 play Conflict. (Review of the production here.) For free. This is a nicely done video of …

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Far Away (PTP/NYC) by Wendy Caster

In the past couple of decades, Caryl Churchill has perfected the oblique and concentrated one-act play, somehow providing the intellectual challenge and emotional punch of the best of full-…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Coal Country by Wendy Caster

I saw a very early performance of Coal Country, so this is a brief report rather than a review. Coal Country is a documentary theatre performance developed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen,…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker by Wendy Caster

One of the many joys of theatre is getting to experience how another person's brain and imagination work. Last night at La Mama, the brain and imagination belonged to Theodora Skipitares, w…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2019-2020: Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Glories of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway by Wendy Caster

I was going to do a "best-of" for 2019 plus a "looking forward" for 2020, when I realized that their focus would be much the same: the treasure that is non-Broadway theatre.I'm not denying t…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Let 'Em Eat Cake by Wendy Caster

The narration for the MasterVoices production of the Gershwins' Let 'Em Eat Cake mentions that (1) it was the very first musical sequel (to Of Thee I Sing), and (2) it set the precedent fo…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Hope Hypothesis by Wendy Caster

In the excellent Voyage Theater Company production of The Hope Hypothesis, running through November 15 at the Sheen Center, playwright-director Cat Miller deftly shows how easily innocence c…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Molly Sweeney by Wendy Caster

What is a play? There are many definitions, of which this one (from the Merriam-Webster website) is a representative example: A composition in verse or prose intended to portray life or char…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Panama Hattie by Wendy Caster

Panama Hattie, the third show in the York Theatre Company's Cole Porter-a-thon, is a mixed bag that is ultimately great fun. Simon Jones, Kylie Kuioka, Stephen Bogardus, Klea Blackhurst, An…

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Big Apple Circus by Wendy Caster

Tired of the news? Depressed by the weird meanness of humans? Maybe you need a mini-vacation. Maybe you need to bask in the weird wonder of humans. Jayson Dominguez and the Wheel of DeathP…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Macbeth by Wendy Caster

The production of Macbeth at the Classic Stage Company (CSC), directed and designed by John Doyle, is a streamlined affair. It runs 1:40 without an intermission; it has a cast of only nine …

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation by Wendy Caster

Once upon a time, Broadway was full of larger-than-life stars (often women) easily identified by their distinctive voices and mannerisms. Gwen Verdon. Carol Channing. Ethel Merman. Elaine St…

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All Hallow's Eve by Wendy Caster

When a set of twins (Eve and Evan) press the wrong doorbell on Halloween, they are forced to fight for their lives against a manipulative, mean, and hungry witch. Can they save themselves? C…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter by Wendy Caster

I bought my first Ben Bagley record, Irving Berlin Revisited, for 69 cents at a flea market in New Jersey a million years ago. Albums those days cost around four dollars, so it was quite a …

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Laughing Liberally: Make America Laugh Again by Wendy Caster

Laughing Liberally: Make America Laugh Again, an evening of left-leaning stand-up comedy, provides a bubble of shared beliefs, politically correct (and occasionally incorrect) commentary, …

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Monday, September 9, 2019

American Moor by Wendy Caster

When Keith Hamilton Cobb first took an acting class, he wanted to play Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream. His acting teacher said no. Cobb continued to make creative suggestions; his t…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Art Times: Whose Opinion Matters? by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times:The holy grail of New York theater is a rave review in the New York Times. It doesn’t guarantee success (and a pan doesn’t guarantee failure), but a …

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Havel: The Passion of Thought by Wendy Caster

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, I watched certain political plays with a sense of distance, deeply sympathetic to the characters and deeply grateful that those awful things weren't …

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Summer Shorts: Series A by Wendy Caster

In Series A, the first part of Summer Shorts at 59E59, all three plays circle around death. This is a lot for a 90-minute evening.The first show, Interior, is the most fully realized of t…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Wendy Caster

Ya gotta love Annie Golden. She has a sweetness to her, with a wild voice and a slightly goofy vibe. For a creative team to decide to shape a musical around her--even going so far as to name…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth by Wendy Caster

Tom Stoppard's Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth plays with language and slapstick, presents fascinating mini-versions of two of Shakespeare's masterpieces, vividly depicts the importance of …

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Ladyship by Wendy Caster

Ladyship, the new show by twins Laura Good and Linda Good, exemplifies how difficult it is to write a good musical. There is so much here to like: some beautiful songs, an original story, an…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Illuminati Lizards From Outer Space by Wendy Caster

It's hard to know what to write about Illuminati Lizards From Outer Space since I was unable to hear ~70% of the lyrics (100% if more than one person was singing). I don't know if it was wh…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing by Wendy Caster

This isn't exactly a review because I wasn't able to see the whole show. But here are some thoughts based on what I saw. The rhythms of African-American casual conversation fit beautifully …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

How'd We Do? 2019 Tony Predictions by Wendy Caster

Well, two of us did okay: Liz and Sandra each had 17 correct predictions. I had decided to be iconoclastic, which was a bad idea: 11 correct predictions. THE WINNERS Liz Sandra …

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Mac Beth by Wendy Caster

I have seen enough mediocre-to-bad high-concept productions of Shakespeare's plays to shudder at the very idea of "high-concept." Then along comes Mac Beth, the amazing Red Bull Production …

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