Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Time To Kill

A growing share of Broadway box office relies on the tourist trade, the clear target audience of “A Time to Kill,”  Rupert Holmes’ adaptation of John Grisham’s novel.Given the now r…

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Another Medea

Drama is practically synonymous with surprise: a character's true nature revealed suddenly, an incident from the past in the third act that changes the nature of all that came before. But s…

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Another Medea All For One Theatre Festival

Drama is practically synonymous with surprise: a character's true nature revealed suddenly, an incident from the past in the third act that changes the nature of all that came before. But s…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Good Person Of Szechwan

Is there anything more beautiful in this world than a good person?And is there anything more boring when it comes to story telling?This Good Person, in residence at the Public Theatre, is no…

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Year of the Rooster

A man appears on stage dressed as a rooster.  He yells something I didn’t quite understand.  How am I going to sit through this anthropomorphic piece?  Then theatrical magic begins.  I…

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Landing

Half way through the 100 or so minutes of this production, I leaned over to my chum and whispered, “For what it’s worth, I have no idea what is going on.”And while that remained true f…

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Snow Geese

This one has me mystified. For the entire two hours of this show I was grasping for a foothold. I kept waiting to find a place where I could enter and be allowed inside more than a step or…

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The Downtown Loop

Once one walks into the theater one’s mind will automatically draw the conclusion that the Down Town Loop will be an exceptional show. This is due to the fresh set up of the space—stairs…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fun Home

In this astonishing musical there are three Alisons (also the name of the author). There is Small Alison (Sydney Lucas), Medium Alison (Alexandra Socha) and grown up Alison (Beth Malone). …

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Romeo and Juliet

No weapons at all, no balcony at all, no prologue, no scene of Lady Capulet begging for vengeance; no Finn Wittrock (the rising star who played Troilus so heroically in CSC's AGE OF IRON sea…

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Friday, October 18, 2013

A Night WIth Janis Joplin

In “A Night with Janis Joplin” you see dead people quite a lot. The conceit of the script is Joplin, on stage singing her heart out, with pauses to tell you about the amazing women who s…

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Marie Antoinette

It is a dangerous endeavor to present a dramatization of history to a New York City audience that will surely be comprised of intellects and cynics - especially when the history presented is…

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The Winslow Boy

There is something bewildering about this production of The Winslow Boy. For much of it I was certain I could see everyone’s lips moving, but I didn’t get what they were saying. I mean…

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Desperately Seeking The Exit

Desperately Seeking The Exit, Peter Michael Marino’s no-frills, one-man show currently playing in the modest performance space in the basement of the Triple Crown on Seventh Avenue (just s…

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Glass Menagerie

There are productions by which you can mark a moment in your life – the way you would treasure and recall an encounter with a loved one. This production will be that for anyone lucky enou…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bad Jews

A Bad Jew, according to this weary script, is someone who breaks a rule – usually having to do with diet. Like breaking a fast prematurely and then shrugging it off. For Daphna Feygenbau…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Broadway Close Up: Bound For Broadway XII

Of the fourteen seasons the Kaufman Center has been presenting Bound For Broadway at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Broadway Close Up series on Monday nights, Liz Calloway has hosted the…

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Big Fish

Norbert Leo Butz needs a show that will let him take flight. Ditto Bobby Steggert and Kate Baldwin. Their talents, skill and commitment are worth the price times twice. Big Fish, however,…

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Final Analysis

Vienna 1910. The Hapsburg Empire is in its twilight years, the cafes are full of intellectuals and artists, and World War 1 is on the horizon. Class and ethnic tensions are growing, but many…

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

We Are Samurai

WE ARE SAMURAI, written by Daria Miyeko Marinelli and directed by Ria T. DiLullo, at the 133rd Street Arts Center (at the foot of Morningside Heights, that is, in the valley just east of St.…

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Lady Day

To be honest, before seeing this show I knew very little about Billie Holiday. I knew that name went hand in hand with musical royalty, but I didn’t know why. That was the pre Lady Day me…

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Norwegians

Just when you thought an enjoyable evening in the theater had to cost $100. for a balcony seat, along comes The Norwegians.  For $39.99 you will entertained by a smart, quirky plot, non si…

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Breakfast With Mugabe

The power struggle between Robert Mugabe (Michael Rogers), president of Zimbabwe, and psychiatrist Andrew Peric (Ezra Barnes) has already begun when the play opens. Dr. Peric has arrived too…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Film Society

First I would like to thank my computer.  After seeing a play, I return home searching out info about the author, and any other details that the playbill does not provide.  The play, Th…

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Bike America

I would give Mike Lew’s “Bike America” a thumbs up, but only with an addendum. The show, about an hour and 45 minutes, was full of great ideas: fabulous acting, a direction done by Mor…

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Natural Affection

If you make it to the second act of this sluggish production you will see a master class in acting. John Pankow pulls the heart of this play out of a hat and hands it to us. Pankow drops i…

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Romeo and Juliet

Someone left the cake out in the rain.I don’t know how, but this production has managed – on the night I saw it – to nearly obliterate passion. I mean the one that counts, the one bet…

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Ready for the River

I found myself wondering what I should walk away with at the end of Ready For The River feeling as through I just spent 75 minutes watching a very cleverly directed show that lacked any kind…

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

All The Faces Of The Moon

Imagine trying to review a show that is 3/4ths the way done. You don't know how it ends. You can't even judge if it was good or not. Or can you? If it's Mike Daisey's "All The Faces…

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R+J: Star-Crossʼd Death Match

It would be easy to dismiss R+J: Star-Crossʼd Death Match, staged in an unlikely second-floor barroom space, as a drinking game with a classy name attached. I worried as the actors greeted …

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013


When I got to the theatre, I was warned twice that the show was “80 minutes long with no intermission and includes full frontal nudity”. My response?“Sounds like a perfect date.”May…

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Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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