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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Art Times: Theatre Vs. Theater: Does It Matter? by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times:When I was in college, one of my fellow students was Broadway producer David Merrick’s assistant/gofer, which made him a big deal in the Queens…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mary Page Marlowe by Wendy Caster

Six women play Mary Page Marlowe, the titular protagonist of Tracy Letts's 90-minute one act at Second Stage Theater. I imagine that developing the show was a fascinating experience for the …

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Log Cabin by Wendy Caster

Jordan Harrison's annoyingly didactic Log Cabin presents characters who come across as op-ed essays rather than humans. There's a gay couple and a lesbian couple who have done well in t…

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf by Wendy Caster

The Elevator Repair Service's production of Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, written by Kate Scelsa and directed by John Collins, is a rollicking feminist take down of/tribute to Ed…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Conflict by Wendy Caster

The wonderful people at The Mint have done it yet again. They have gifted us with a beautiful production of a lost gem of a play, complete with smart and clear direction, wonderful performan…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lonesome Blues by Wendy Caster

Akin Babatundé, with the outstanding support of guitarist David Weiss, is giving a heck of a concert in Lonesome Blues at the York Theatre Company. Babatundé's voice travels from…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Secret Life of Humans by Wendy Caster

Presented as either a lecture nestled in a drama or a drama nestled in a lecture, Secret Life of Humans focuses on whether evolution is an unbroken line of progress, with each living it…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 Tonys: How'd We Do? by Wendy Caster

Well, we didn't do too badly this year, although we're not going to win any prizes for theatrical prescience. It was very nice to be wrong about Ari’el Stachel and Lindsay Mendez! The…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Desperate Measures by Wendy Caster

I love meaningful musical theatre. I adore Sondheim. Caroline, Or Change is one of my favorite shows. But sometimes an old-fashioned, well-done, energetic, deeply silly musical is the perfec…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

This Is Modern Art by Wendy Caster

As a reviewer, I get invited to dozens of shows each month, and it can be difficult to decide which to see. Sometimes the choice is almost random. I picked This Is Modern Art becau…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

the hollower by Wendy Caster

I saw Liza Birkenmeier's the hollower three days ago and I have been avoiding writing a review because I don't know what to say. Well, yes, I know that the cast is excellent. And, yes, …

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Hello Dolly by Wendy Caster

About 15 minutes into Hello Dolly, I thought, "I love this stupid show." By the end of the first act, I had eliminated "stupid." Hello Dolly has a silly plot, yes, and so…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Peace for Mary Frances by Wendy Caster

Lily Thorne treads familiar ground in her new play, Peace for Mary Frances. Estranged members of a family gather due to the death of a parent. Old grudges are revisited, old wounds are reope…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tony Award Predictions 2018 by Wendy Caster

LIZ: Were I to take awards seasons seriously, I’d join with the city’s professional theater critics in wringing my hands over the purported death of Broadway at the end of this weirdly i…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Sea Concerto by Wendy Caster

Before the Internet, daily-newspaper theater critics would see shows on opening night and write their reviews immediately after. Although these reviews often determined the fate of the show,…

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Follies (second viewing) by Wendy Caster

When I wrote my first review of  the fabulous APAC production of Follies, I was short on details. Then someone on the often-infuriating but also often-invaluable All That Chat…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America's Past (book review) by Wendy Caster

After all that's been written about Hamilton, one might think that there's nothing left to say. Turns out there's at least 400 pages' worth, as shown in Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbu…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Follies by Wendy Caster

How much did I enjoy the APAC production of Follies? I've already purchased my ticket to see it again.APAC (Astoria Performing Arts Center) has an excellent reputation and many awards, as we…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Unexpected Joy by Wendy Caster

No doubt: the York Theatre Company is on a roll. Its last show, Desperate Measures, received a bouquet of nominations for best musical (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, etc.) and will soon o…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Chess by Wendy Caster

I have identified the problem with the musical Chess. It's bad.You've got Florence, who loves bad boy chess player Freddie and has probably been his lover in the past. Does the show do …

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Metromaniacs by Wendy Caster

So, I could rave about the writing (joyfully wonderful and silly rhymes by David Ives) or the acting (from a strong, talented, attractive ensemble) or the design (charming) or the direction …

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Wendy Caster

If there is an afterlife, I hope Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., has had the opportunity to look down and watch the Wheelhouse Theater Company's excellent production of his hilarious, incisive farce, Ha…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Three Tall Women by Wendy Caster

Edward Albee was not exactly fond of his mother. The headmaster of a boarding school Albee attended was quoted in the New Yorker as saying, “[He] dislikes his mother with a cordial an…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Art Times: The Thing About Revivals by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times. I would love to hear what you all think about the issues discussed.Periodically, old shows with iffy depictions of women are revived on Broadway. Peo…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Good for Otto by Wendy Caster

What if the most heroic thing any of us can do is simply to survive?[spoilers, arguably, but this is not a plot-driven show]In Good for Otto, David Rabe gives us a microcosm of a small town-…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jerry Springer: The Opera by Wendy Caster

[spoilers throughout]Yes, curse words sung operatically by incredibly talented people are startlingly funny. And arguments about who's cheating on who, complete with hair-pulling, are also g…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Green Room 42 (Venue Review) by Wendy Caster

A year ago, a new cabaret space opened at the Yotel on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue (entrance on 10th): The Green Room 42. My first foray there was on February 14th, its first anniversary, fo…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

A New Brain (Brooklyn) by Wendy Caster

While watching the Gallery Players' highly entertaining production of William Finn's odd but engaging musical, A New Brain, I found my own old brain full of questions. First, about A New Bra…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

X or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation by Wendy Caster

Who assassinated Malcolm X? The answer remains a matter of debate in some quarters and may never be totally resolved until the New York Police Department releases the files on the case, whic…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Art Times: Let's Make Sure Their Time Is Up by Wendy Caster

My latest piece is up at Art Times. It's about how we can help women in the arts get more power.Almost as far back as I can remember, people have been labeling various time periods as “The…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hindle Wakes by Wendy Caster

Sex. It's a tricky thing, is sex.Throughout history, including now, cultures have sought to tame sex's complexity via rigid rules, assumptions, and limitations (particularly for women), with…

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