Sunday, November 28, 2021

Stephen Sondheim (1930–2021): Master of the Modern Musical by David Cote

He will continue to shape the future of musical theater because he trained our ears, set the bar high, and new composers and lyricists will study his work. For a hundred who try, misguidedly…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:33AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘Trouble in Mind’ Makes a Triumphant Broadway Debut by David Cote

You absolutely must see it if you care about Black work on Broadway, American theater, and the evolving state of our “canon.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Diana: The Musical’: Tacky Tribute to a Great Woman by David Cote

Who knows if musical fiascos such as 'Diana' exist solely for the bitter amusement of theater critics?

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

‘Morning’s at Seven’ Revives a Timeless Story About Pretending to be Content by Rex Reed

Old-fashioned in the best way, 'Morning's at Seven' is about the sense of isolation and failure that hides beneath the surface.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:17PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

American Psychos: ‘Assassins’ Takes Wobbly Aim Off Broadway by David Cote

I can’t be the only Sondheim nerd sick of respectful, minimalist approaches.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:46AM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

‘While You Were Partying’: Sick Theater for Queasy Times by David Cote

Embracing absurd and cringe humor while bringing it to theater, 'While You Were Partying' is for theater lovers who grew up online.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:04PM
Thursday, November 4, 2021

“The Mother” and The Wooster Group’s Identity Crisis by Juan A. Ramírez, Juan A. Ramírez

Its respectful treatment of the material may be the fallout of a theater troupe meeting their spiritual maker.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:39PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time to Properly Value the Great Wealth of ‘Caroline, or Change’ by David Cote

I’m not actually 100% sure we are worthy of this show, but we need its complexity and density.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

David Byrne Shows Us His—and Invites Us to Build Our Own—’American Utopia’ by Billy McEntee, Billy McEntee

David Byrne's 'American Utopia' gives audiences a chance to reflect on the world they want to see.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:28PM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Deirdre O’Connell Holds Us Utterly Captive in ‘Dana H.’ by David Cote

Here’s the thing about this harrowing fugue state of a play, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters: O’Connell never speaks.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:44AM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

‘Is This A Room’ Brings Downtown Weird to Broadway by David Cote

The world is getting weirder by the day. I think the audience is ready for it now.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:28AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Ruben Santiago-Hudson Makes Music of the Past in ‘Lackawanna Blues’ by David Cote

On at the Manhattan Theatre Club, 'Lackawanna Blues' explores survival and finding heart in your own life, backed by harmonica.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:21AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Jeremy McCarter: From Drama Critic to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Co-Author by Harry Haun

After working on a best-selling at the behind-the-scenes stories of "Hamilton," the multi-hyphenate McCarter is back with a look at "In the Heights."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:36PM
Monday, October 4, 2021

These Queens Will Rock You in Broadway’s ‘Six’ by David Cote

There’s no plot to Six, just an agreement among the ex-wives to compete (in song) for who had the hardest time.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:42AM
Friday, September 24, 2021

This Fall Black Theater Takes New York City by David Cote

The fall 2021 season is bustling with excellent theater about Black stories, experiences, and joy. From the experimental to new favorites.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:24PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Broadway Makes Its Long-Anticipated Return, But How Does It Feel? by Helen Holmes, Helen Holmes

Jubilant audiences reportedly indulged in multiple standing ovations and even wept in their seats.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:47AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Shakespeare Gets a Harlem Renaissance in ‘Merry Wives’ by David Cote

Playwright Jocelyn Bioh's 'Merry Wives' marvels audiences at Shakespeare in the Park with a modern approach to the canon.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:48AM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Broadway Drama Is Back With the Scorching ‘Pass Over’ by David Cote

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's "Pass Over" has the makings of a modern and Black retelling of "Waiting for Godot" yet stands alone, moving.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:53AM
Friday, August 13, 2021

Broadway Star Laura Osnes Allegedly Removed from Show for Vaccine Refusal by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Tony nominated star Laura Osnes has been booted from a performance after revealing to a castmate that she was not vaccinated.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:23AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Actors’ Equity Moves to Diversify Theatre by Opening Access to Membership by Annie Levin, Annie Levin

Actors’ Equity has opened its policy to grant membership to any theatre worker with experience in acting or stage managing in the US.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:57AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

In-Person Arts Events Are Back and Pandemic Accessibility Is Quietly Disappearing by Brijana Prooker, Brijana Prooker

The way non-disabled people felt during the pandemic is how disabled people feel in a world that doesn’t want to accommodate us.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:40PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

Cherry Lane Theatre, One of New York’s Oldest, Has Just Been Sold for $11 Million by Helen Holmes, Helen Holmes

Especially during COVID, New York City theaters have struggled to stay profitable and afloat.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:24PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Actress Ann Dowd Courts Your Vote in ‘Enemy of the People’ by David Cote

The enemy of the people is misanthropic technocrats! No! It’s selfish, amoral politicians! No! The enemy of the people is…people?

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:57AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

David Geffen’s $150 Million Gift to the Yale School of Drama Will Make Tuition Free by Helen Holmes, Helen Holmes

"I knew Yale was the right place to begin to change the way we think about funding arts education," Geffen said in a statement.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:51AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Damned Enjoyable: ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ in the Meatpacking District by David Cote

At 'Seven Deadly Sins' — a suite of short plays staged in storefronts in the Meatpacking District — it’s still under glass, this time with writhing, exotic specimens offered up for mo…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:18PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The 2021 Summer Arts Preview: Observer’s List of the Best This Season by Observer Team, Observer Team

The best in arts and entertainment this summer, from films, television, performing arts, visual arts, and books, compiled by Observer.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM

Best of Theater Summer 2021, From ‘Merry Wives’ to ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ by David Cote

Our top theater picks for summer 2021, full of wicked performances from 'Whore's Eye View' to 'Tiny House.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:56AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

‘This American Wife’ Sits at the Crossroads of Camp and ‘Real Housewives’ by David Cote

This American Wife sets out to be an avant-garde, haute-camp allegory of seduction, corruption, and betrayal that conspicuously consumes itself.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:08PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Some Broadway Performers are Apparently Resistant to Being Vaccinated by Helen Holmes, Helen Holmes

Furthermore, unions representing Broadway workers have conflicting opinions on whether vaccinations should be mandated.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:27AM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Broadway Will Reopen in September at 100% Capacity, Cuomo Says by Helen Holmes, Helen Holmes

It's not yet been decided whether attendees will have to wear masks, or whether proof of vaccination will be required.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:44PM
Monday, April 26, 2021

Jocelyn Bioh and Saheem Ali Usher in the Return of The Public Theater by Molly Wilcox, Molly Wilcox

Playwright Jocelyn Bioh and director Saheem Ali are ushering in the revival of The Public Theater with modern adaptations of Shakespeare.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:12PM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre