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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King Kong by Elizabeth Wollman

While I appreciate it as a landmark in both film making and scoring, I've otherwise never much understood the appeal of King Kong. Sure, there's incredibly cool stop-motion animation an…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Waverly Gallery by Elizabeth Wollman

A friend of mine often uses the expression "pretty little play" to describe a show that's easy to digest, not especially profound or layered, and pretty satisfying nonetheless. The Waverly G…

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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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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oklahoma! by Elizabeth Wollman

Daniel Fish's absolutely stunning Oklahoma, currently at St. Ann's Warehouse where I wish it could somehow live forever, never loses sight of America's gloried past even as it confronts its …

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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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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Salome by Sandra Mardenfeld

Salome dances for the tetrarch. Laura Butler Rivera  (Salome);  Background:  Anthony  Simone  (Tigellin),   Ross  Cowan  (Soldier),  Marty&n…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America (book review) by Wendy Caster

It's difficult this week to agree with the title The World Only Spins Forward. But in the story of Angels in America, the world did spin forward, as shown by this fascinating, info…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties by Elizabeth Wollman

Don't worry: the five prototypical women in Jen Silverman's absurdist comedy aren't going to yell at you over the course of the 90 swift minutes that they're onstage at the Lortel Theater. T…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Holy Ghosts by Wendy Caster

Nancy Shedman sits reading in a large-ish, empty, nondescript room. Her husband, Coleman, comes storming in, full of accusations and anger. Little by little the room fills, and Coleman reali…

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A Chorus Line by Wendy Caster

It takes a lot of ambition to decide to do A Chorus Line at a small Off-Off-Broadway theatre. And it takes a lot of skill to pull it off. Luckily, the Gallery Players in Brooklyn have t…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The True by Wendy Caster

Is it ungrateful of me to wish that Sharr White's play, The True, presented by The New Group, had more to offer? Perhaps. After all, there is already much to like here: solid writi…

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I Was Most Alive With You by Wendy Caster

Craig Lucas's new play, I Was Most Alive With You, is impressively ambitious. Performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language (ASL), with some use of supertitles, it is an ext…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Wendy Caster

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is not one of Tennessee Williams's masterpieces, but it still deserves a better production than the one currently being presented by La Femme Theatre Pro…

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The Emperor by Wendy Caster

More like a magazine story brought to life than an actual play, The Emperor still has much going for it, the main things being the performances of the protean and ever-fascinating Kathr…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Playing to the Gods (Book Review) by Wendy Caster

In the acknowledgements at the end of Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry That Changed Acting Forever, author Peter Rader explains that he (with a …

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Marin Mazzie: 1960-2018 by Wendy Caster

It was 1996. I was visiting from California and only had time for two shows. One, of course, had to be the new Sondheim, Passion. I had heard raves about Donna Murphy, who was, of …

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Heartbreak House by Wendy Caster

George Bernard Shaw's play Heartbreak House has been compared to the works of Chekhov. He himself hinted at the connection via the play's subtitle:  A Fantasia in the Rus…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Days to Come by Wendy Caster

Is any theatre company in New York more consistently satisfying than The Mint? IMHO, the answer is a great big "No!"Larry Bull, Janie Brookshire, Ted Deasy, and Mary BaconPhoto: Todd Cerveri…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Band's Visit by Wendy Caster

Last night I went to see The Band's Visit for the second time, with five other people. One had seen it before, the other four hadn't. When the show was over, we were all glowing.We sat …

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Heist! by Wendy Caster

I get invited to a lot of shows, and it's not always easy to decide which ones to see. Often I rely on a familiar name: if person A is directing or person B is acting or person C wrote the m…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Art Times: Choreography: Intrinsic or Replaceable? by Wendy Caster

My latest Art Times essay is up:In some ways, it’s exciting news: Director Ivo van Hove will stage a production of West Side Story, with new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersm…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Possibilities/The After-Dinner Joke by Wendy Caster

No theatre is offering more bang for your buck--or return on your time--than PTP/NYC with their evening of one acts: The Possibilities, by Howard Barker, and The After-Dinner Joke,…

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