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Friday, March 31, 2023

Vanities by Wendy Caster

The York Theatre Company's production of Vanities, running through April 22, has many strong points. The main strength is the cast. The story of three friends from roughly age 18 (in 1963) …

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Arden of Faversham by Wendy Caster

Red Bull's fabulously entertaining production of Arden of Faversham, directed with a wry hand by Artistic Director Jesse Berger, tells the story of Alice (the terrific Cara Ricketts), a you…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 11:40PM
Friday, March 10, 2023

Dark Disabled Stories by Wendy Caster

I reviewed this show for Talkin' Broadway. The review can be accessed here. I have very mixed feelings about this review, just as I had mixed feelings about the show. 

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Dark Disabled Stories" - 3/9/23 by Wendy Caster

The press invitation to the The Bushwick Starr's open-hearted, funny, and smart Dark Disabled Stories, by Ryan J. Haddad and now onstage at Public Theater, offers detailed guidance on writin…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:31PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Wendy Caster

In 1995, Lynn Nottage had her first professional production: Crumbs from the Table of Joy, at Second Stage in New York. The Keen Company is now presenting Crumbs' first New York revival, w…

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Friday, March 3, 2023

The Trees by Wendy Caster

An odd and lovely play is opening at Playwrights Horizons on March 5th and running through March 19th. Written by Agnes Borinsky and directed by Tina Satter, The Trees is the story of a bro…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

She's Got Harlem on Her Mind by Wendy Caster

When Eulalie Spence died in 1981 at age 86, her obituary noted that she was a retired school teacher but didn't mention that she was also an award-winning playwright of the Harlem Renaissanc…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 05:38PM

Becomes a Woman by Wendy Caster

While Betty Smith is famous today for her novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, her great love was playwrighting; she wrote over 70 one-act and full-length dramas, some of which were performed in …

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Sunday in the Park With George by Wendy Caster

As made clear in James Lapine's must-read Putting It Together (review here), the development of his and Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George was hectic, odd, and messy. In man…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 04:55PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Audience by Wendy Caster

Among Václav Havel's extraordinary traits--talent, bravery, more bravery--his compassion is in some ways the most impressive. In his one-act play Audience, Havel's stand-in, Ferdinand Vaně…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 03:59PM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Ain't No Mo' by Wendy Caster

It was sad to see Ain't No Mo' come and go so quickly, but was Broadway the right place for it? I get the attraction of Broadway. It's the place. But was there ever a chance that Ain't No M…

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Monday, January 2, 2023

Hadestown by Wendy Caster

My third viewing of the amazing Hadestown was from third row mezz on a Wednesday matinee. Although I have an aversion to Wednesday matinees going back to the 1970s, I was pleasantly surpris…

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

1776 by Wendy Caster

Here's the amazing thing: the musical 1776 is so solid, so excellent, that the creators of the current Roundabout production didn't manage to completely ruin it. Though they did try.  W…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 11:34PM
Monday, November 14, 2022

Some Like It Hot by Wendy Caster

I saw Some Like It Hot too early to give it a full review, but I do have some comments.  At first I was put off by the show. It's so energetic, and so enthusiastic, and so cheerful that…

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Carmen by Wendy Caster

Benjamin Franklin said that nothing is certain but death and taxes. However, he left out another important certainty: when MasterVoices puts on a show, it is always worth seeing. Ginger Co…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

F*ck7thGrade by Wendy Caster

Jill Sobule's terrific autobiographical rock-concert musical, F*ck7thGrade, traces her life from tomboy riding a Raleigh Blue Chopper, to junior high outcast, to accidental performer in a ni…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 05:33AM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

Leopoldstadt by Wendy Caster

Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard's newest play, and possibly his last, offers a journey through the life of a Jewish family in Vienna, from 1899 to the 1950s. They are well-off and mostly happy. …

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

King Charles III (movie review) by Wendy Caster

My friend and I were psyched to go to the play King Charles III on Broadway in 2016. We had read the rave reviews and heard the buzz. Come intermission, we looked at each other and said, p…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Broadway Revival (book review) by Wendy Caster

I remember learning in my teens that George Gershwin was only 38 when he died. I felt so sorry for him, but also for me. What music died with him? Gershwin had mentioned to a friend that he …

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 10:19PM
Monday, July 18, 2022

Sex, Grift, and Death by Wendy Caster

Caryl Churchill is a remarkable playwright. She's smart and funny and political and personal and humane and moving and very very entertaining. Reading her scripts reveals that she is also a …

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Reverse Transcription by Wendy Caster

It is difficult to review Reverse Transcription, an evening of plays covering AIDS and covid, as theatre. The first piece, Robert Chesley's Dog Plays, is a story of despair and death writte…

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Chains by Wendy Caster

In Elizabeth Baker's play Chains, currently in a strong production at the admirable Mint Theatre Company, Charley recognizes that he has much to be grateful for. He loves his wife Lily. He …

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 12:48AM
Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Legend of the Waitress and the Robber by Wendy Caster

You have only a couple of days to catch the delightful and odd musical The Legend of the Waitress and the Robber, running at Dixon Place through Sunday May 29th. It's worth the trip. Eun…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

2021-2022 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations by Wendy Caster

The 2021-2022 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations Outstanding New Broadway MusicalMJ the MusicalMr. Saturday NightMrs. DoubtfireParadise SquareSixOutstanding New Broadway PlayBirthday Can…

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The Skin of Our Teeth by Wendy Caster

My review of The Skin of Our Teeth is up at Talkin' Broadway:  Thornton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize three times: for the novel "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and for the plays Our Town a…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Skin of Our Teeth" 4/25/22 by Wendy Caster

In the tremendous production of The Skin of Our Teeth at Lincoln Center, directed with panache and gusto by Lileana Blain-Cruz, the Antrobus family is Black, and the script has been lightly …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:03PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Penelope, Or How the Odyssey Was Really Written by Wendy Caster

I was excited to see the York Theatre Company's new musical Penelope, Or How the Odyssey Was Really Written (book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg) because I had had sooooo much fun at Desperate…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Queens Girl in the World by Wendy Caster

By Linda Drummond Johnson, Guest Reviewer  Queens Girl in the World is an extraordinary one-woman play currently in its New York debut at Theater Row. It stars Felicia Curry, an actor wit…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 09:42PM
Friday, March 11, 2022

Anyone Can Whistle: MasterVoices by Wendy Caster

The MasterVoices' concert of Anyone Can Whistle was a lovely and poignant reminder that although we have lost Stephen Sondheim, we will always have his work. And, oh!, that work! Elizab…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 03:54PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

JANE ANGER or The Lamentable Comedie of JANE ANGER, that Cunning Woman, and also of Willy Shakefpeare and his Peasant Companion, Francis, Yes and Also by Wendy Caster

As I watched the annoyingly written, directed, acted, and titled JANE ANGER,or The Lamentable Comedie JANE ANGER, that Cunning Woman, and also of Willy Shakefpeare and his Peasant Companion,…

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The Daughter-in-Law by Wendy Caster

The Mint Theater Company's production of D.H. Lawrence's drama, The Daughter-in-Law, so successfully evokes life in the East Midlands of England in 1912 that I was shocked when I glanced at…

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