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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 12:48PM

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 12:36AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Merrily We Roll Along by Liz Wollman

  Merrily We Roll Along was and shall always remain a hot mess of a musical. Based on a longer-running if also financially unsuccessful 1934 play of the same name by Kaufman and Hart, Merr…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 11:12AM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

Ain't No Mo' by Liz Wollman

Closing notices have been posted for Jordan E. Cooper's wonderful Ain't No Mo', which is a  shame: the show, which only opened on Broadway three weeks ago, richly deserves to connect with …

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 04:32PM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 12:12AM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 06:07PM
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. …

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 08:19PM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 01:43PM
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
Friday, July 29, 2022

Into the Woods by Liz Wollman

Sometime right after the 9/11 bombings, I had a nightmare: I was doubled over with laughter in a comedy club, when a plane crashed through the roof. It was a pretty straightforward dream, bo…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 08:03PM
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 …

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 03:48AM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 09:37PM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 08:18PM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 09:06PM

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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 09:06PM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 04:36PM
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,…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 02:48AM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 04:18PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Diana The Musical (Broadway edition) by Liz Wollman

Sometimes--maybe especially when the whole world is screaming and sad and broken--a not-very-good musical can be the perfect balm. On Broadway at the Longacre for a few more days before it s…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 03:42PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

The Alchemist by Wendy Caster

Robert Frost once said, "Poetry is what gets lost in translation." To this I add, theatre is what gets lost in streaming. Please don't misunderstand: I am totally grateful for all the theatr…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 12:12AM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Diana: The Musical (Netflix version) by Liz Wollman

Hi, it's been a while because--well, you know. But I'm back with news of Diana: The Musical, which received mixed to positive reviews during its 2019 La Jolla run, despite what were cited…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 04:06PM
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 …

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 02:54AM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 02:03AM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 03:42AM
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…

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 01:12AM
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.

SOURCE: Show Showdown at 04:42AM

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