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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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Happy Talk by Wendy Caster

I suspect that there is a good play inside Jesse Eisenberg's Happy Talk, currently  at The New Group at the Signature Center. The ideas and the situation are intriguing, and there is humor …

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Tony Predictions: 2019 by Wendy Caster

Best MusicalAin’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations Beetlejuice Hadestown The PromTootsie Liz Wollman: Hadestown. Seriously, can we please celebrate a creative team …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pink Unicorn by Wendy Caster

Trisha Lee works as a cleaner in a hospital in Sparkton, Texas. She is a church-going Christian. She adored her late husband. The focus of her life is her 14-year-old daughter Jolene. Or is …

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Caroline, or Change by Wendy Caster

One of the themes of the gorgeous and heart-breaking Caroline, or Change, the story of an African-American maid working for a Jewish family in the 1960s South, is that "change come fast, ch…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Lady in the Dark by Wendy Caster

What an odd show is Lady in the Dark. Consisting largely of three dream sequences, it lacks forward propulsion and is frequently overdone and/or pointless and/or flabby, particularly in the …

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Monday, April 22, 2019

King Lear by Wendy Caster

As you probably already know, in the old days theatre critics wrote their reviews right after seeing the performances. In fact, as the shows ended, the critics ran up the aisles to maximize …

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The Pain of My Belligerence by Wendy Caster

My sister once said that, while the worst men are incredibly sleazy, the worst women are incredibly stupid. In the world premiere of The Pain of My Belligerence at Playwrights Horizons, wri…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock by Wendy Caster

Marc Blitzstein's 1937 "play in music," The Cradle Will Rock, uses theatre as a political soapbox. Its scathing depictions of the hypocrisies of capitalism, religion, and other societal icon…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The White Devil by Wendy Caster

John Webster wrote The White Devil in the early 1600s, and 400 years later it remains relevant and great fun. Red Bull director Louisa Proske underlines its timeliness with a modern-dress p…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MasterVoices: Night Songs And Love Waltzes by Wendy Caster

MasterVoices (formerly known as the Collegiate Chorale) has a long history of presenting wonderful evenings of song and theatre, and Night Songs and Love Waltzes fit right in. (There's also …

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Wendy Caster

First, behold the title: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, sparkling with energy. Next, the structure: playwright Tori Sampson's dynamic, emotional play riffs on folklore, Afric…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Operating Systems by Wendy Caster

I've had a challenging and satisfying few hours chewing on the ideas and questions posed by Gus Schulenburg's new play Operating Systems, which I saw this afternoon. The description of the…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Wendy Caster

What a difference a director makes. When By the Way, Meet Vera Stark was done at the Second Stage, directed by Jo Bonney, it was hysterically funny, yet hard-hitting and even heart-breakin…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

League of Professional Theatre Women by Wendy Caster

It's easy to discuss the lack of gender parity in theatre, but what can be done about it? The League of Professional Theatre Women exists to answer that question and to make things happen, …

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Price of Thomas Scott by Wendy Caster

The invaluable Mint Theater Company has found another underappreciated playwright from early in the last century. Elizabeth Baker grew up in an extremely religious household and didn't see h…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Best Performances of 2018 by Wendy Caster

I am frequently blown away by the depth and quality of the New York acting community. Brilliant performances are everywhere.(I've linked to my reviews for shows I did indeed review.)THE ENSE…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Best of 2018 by Wendy Caster

In 2018, I saw 74 shows. Only nine of them were on Broadway; those prices, even when discounted, keep scaring me away. However, I've lost little by skipping Broadway shows (as much as I woul…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Net Will Appear by Wendy Caster

At the beginning of Erin Mallon's The Net Will Appear, 75-year-old Bernard climbs out of his second-story window to use the roof of the first floor as a deck. He sets up his camping chair an…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Clueless, The Musical by Wendy Caster

"What, another musical based on a late 20th-century movie?" you may ask. Well, yeah. But here's the thing: it's really good.Zurin Villanueva, Dove Cameron Photo: Monique CarboniWriter/l…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Noura by Wendy Caster

I expected to like Noura, Heather Raffo's play at Playwrights Horizon. I knew it was about a Christian Iraqi family living in the US, which I found intriguing, and that it delves into assimi…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Tricky Part by Wendy Caster

Well-deserved raves for Martin Moran's heart-breaking solo piece, The Tricky Part, can be found at the Times, Theater Mania, and the Fordham Observer. I'm more interested in the why of …

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Art Times: What We Can Do When We Work Together by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times: I just voted, and I’m a nervous wreck. The sad truth is that no matter who wins, it’s not going to be pretty. We seem to have lost the ability as…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Thanksgiving Play by Wendy Caster

I see political correctness as largely a good thing. For me, it connotes trying to honor other people and their needs; calling people by their chosen names; respecting that people with diffe…

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Waiting for Godot by Wendy Caster

The superb Druid production of Waiting for Godot, which is part of the Lincoln Center White Light festival, is damn close to perfect. Garry Hynes's meticulous direction exquisitely bala…

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Inner Voices 2018 by Wendy Caster

Every couple of years, the theatre company Premieres commissions three sung monologues. The writers are given no limitations in terms of content or theme. The latest three monologues, Inner …

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Big Apple Circus by Wendy Caster

If you have any interest in circuses; if you love the daring young people on the flying trapeze; if you are entertained by amazing juggling or impressed by feats of strength or fascinated by…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Goodbody by Wendy Caster

A woman becomes aware of her surroundings. She is standing on a table and holding a gun. Behind her is a man who looks like he has been tortured, or maybe hit by a car, his injured arm secur…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ordinary Days by Wendy Caster

You know that old writing rule, "Show, don't tell"? It makes a lot of sense, particularly in theatre, where we watch characters live their lives right in front of us. Of course, there's also…

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