Friday, August 9, 2019

"The Rainmaker" at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Now through August 18 by [email protected] (simon Saltzman)

  Real honest-to-goodness thunder, lightning and rain created premature authenticity outside the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey on the evening I attended and where N. Richard Nash’s …

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Friday, July 19, 2019

“The Wake” through July 28 at the Bauer Boucher Theatre Center on the Kean University main campus in Union, N.J. by [email protected] (simon Saltzman)

T L. to R. Kathy McCafferty, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, James Gushue, Wayne MaugansPhoto credit: Mike PeterOnce again blood proves to be thicker than water and certainly true in the wake of …

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

"The Bridges of Madison County"- Post closing review based on performance on 06/29/19 at SOPAC by Simon Saltzman

Jennifer Ellis and Bryant Martin“The Bridges of Madison County” may be the most purely romantic musical of our times. As re-envisioned by book writer Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother”) …

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Friday, May 24, 2019

"The Curse of the Starving Class" at the Signature Theatre Opened 05/13/19 Ends 05/26/19 by [email protected] (simon Saltzman)

(left to right) David Warshofsky and Gilles GearyPhoto Credit: Joan Marcus It is doubtful whether there will be a more spectacularly stunning opening minute for any play this season....and t…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

"Too Heavy For Your Pocket" at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J. through May 19, 2019 by Simon Saltzman

Donnell E. Smith as Bowzie. Although I previously saw this award-winning (2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award) play a year ago in New York, it made a lasting impression on me, one that ma…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

"The Plough and the Stars" at the Irish Repertory Theatre through June 22, 2019 by Simon Saltzman

Maryann Plunkett, Sarah Street and Ed Malone   Photo credit: Carol RoseggIt would be very easy to be under the delusion that I was not, in fact, at the Irish Repertory Theater in NYC but ra…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“All My Sons” Roundabout Theater Co. at the American Airlines Theater. Opened April 22, 2019. Ends June 23, 2019 by Simon Saltzman

Tracy Letts and Annette Bening   (photo credit: Joan Marcus) What irony there is having productions of Arthur Miller’s excellent emotions-extracting drama “All My Sons” emerge with a…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

"King Lear" at the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St. (through July 7, 2019) by Simon Saltzman

Ruth Wilson and Glenda Jackson  (photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe) It is to be expected that a seasoned critic would have seen William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” more than once, perhaps…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

"Juno and the Paycock" at the Irish Repertory Theatre through May 23, 2019 by Simon Saltzman

Maryann Plunkett and Ciaran O'Reilly  (photo credit: Carol Rosegg) What Sean O’Casey’s political tragicomedy “Juno and the Paycock” lacks in plot, it makes up for in characterizatio…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

"Kiss Me, Kate" Roundabout Theatre Company Studio 54 (through June 2, 2019) by Simon Saltzman

          Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase  (photo credit: Joan Marcus)Another opening, another revival of “Kiss Me, Kate” or perhaps re- titled “Kick Me, Kate,” as this is what…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

“Merrily We Roll Along” Fiasco Theatre for Roundabout at the Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th Street through April 7, 2019 by Simon Saltzman

Courtesy of Joan Marcus From left: Manu Narayan, Jessie Austrian and Ben Steinfeld in 'Merrily We Roll Along' Theat It has become a pleasure for me to look forward to performances by The Fi…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

"True West" Opened January 24, 2019 at the Roundabout Theatre Company at American Airlines Theatre by Simon Saltzman

Ethan Hawke and Paul DanoPhoto credit: Joan Marcus What is it about Sam Shepard's “True West” that packs a wallop each and every time I see it -- and that is four times if memory serves?…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

“Choir Boy” Opened January 8, 2019 at the Manhattan Theatre Club at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Simon Saltzman

Jeremy Pope and members of the cast Photo credit: Matthew MurphyTarell Alvin McCraney's “Choir Boy” premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage II in 2013. It is now in revival wit…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

“The Other Josh Cohen” Opened at Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43th St. Nov. 12, 2019. by Simon Saltzman

Members of the supporting castphoto credit: Caitlin McNaneyOkay, so you missed this terrific show during its brief Off-Broadway run in 2012 and then perhaps missed it again when it showed up…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre Opened December 13, 2018 by Simon Saltzman

Jeff Daniels and Gbenga Akinnagbe (photo: Julieta Cervantes)The good news is that Jeff Daniels is a terrific Atticus Finch -- without diminishing the memory of the sterling Academy Award-win…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

"The Winter's Tale" (now through December 30) at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey by Simon Saltzman

Jon Barker and Erin Partin (photo: Jerry Dalia)You can really feel the chill of winter in the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's production of Shakespeare partly morose, partly magical “A…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"Holiday Inn" (now through December 30) at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, N.J. by Simon Saltzman

Nicholas Rodriguez (center) and companyForgive me if I am not playing fair when I say that this absolutely delightful production of “Holiday Inn” has the sparkles even if it is not gener…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"A Doll's House, Part 2" at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J. (now through December 23, 2018) by Simon Saltzman

Kellie Overbey and Ann McDonoughphoto: T. Charles EricksonNora slamming the door at the end of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” has to be one of the most famous exits in all dramatic …

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"American Son" at the Booth Theatre Opened November 4, 2018 by Simon Saltzman

Kerry Washington and Steven PasqualePhoto: Peter Cunningham I am pleased that “American Son” has found its way to the Booth Theatre on Broadway following its premieres at the Barrington …

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” Opened July 22, 2018 at Stage 42, 422 West 42nd Street by Simon Saltzman

Emma Degerstedt and ensemblephoto credit: Joan MarcusIt’s not that I wasn’t listening to the radio during the 1950’s and 1960’s, but I just didn’t think that such songs as “Baby …

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

"Half Time" at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn N.J. now through July 1, 2018 by Simon Saltzman

Donna McKechnie  photo: Jerry Dalia  How often have we heard someone over sixty years old say, When you become a senior you become invisible? That may be all too true in some circles,but…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“Carousel” opened April 12 at the Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street by Simon Saltzman

Jesse Mueller and Joshua HenryPhoto credit: Julieta Cervantes  Nothing is going to change the fact that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Carousel” is unrelentingly sentime…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

“Three Tall Women” at the Golden Theatre 252 West 45th Street by Simon Saltzman

Alison Pill, Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf (Photo: Brigitte Lacombe) None of the disaffection for  a series of Edward Albee’s plays that followed years of success and great acclaim …

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

“Pygmalion” at the Sheen Center (15 Bleeker Street) through April 22, 2018 by Simon Saltzman

Eric Tucker and Vaishnavi Sharma Remember “Pygmalion”? It’s “My Fair Lady” without the Ascot Gavotte. If you share the English-speaking world’s fondness for George Bernard S…

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“Angels in America” (through May 31, 2018) at the Neil Simon Theatre, 250 west 52nd Street by Simon Saltzman

Nathan Lane Photo: Brinkhoff & MogenburgNew York is the recipient of the stunning and superb revival of the two-part masterpiece “Angels in America” from London where Tony Kushner’…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

“Twelfth Night, or What You Will” Opened December 14 at Classic Stage Company by Simon Saltzman

.  The Fiasco Players  Photo: Joan Marcus There is not a better way to celebrate the holidays than a visit to the Classic Stage Company where they are hosting the Fiasco Theater’s …

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Cruel Intentions" Opened December 11 at the (le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street by Simon Saltzman

Lauren Zakrin in “Cruel Intentions  Photo credit: Jenny Anderson Sometimes the experience of being with an audience that is largely half your age and that knows not on…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

“Oedipus El Rey” at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall through December 3 by Simon Saltzman

The cast    photo credit: Joan Marcus Luis Alfaro’s “Oedipus El Rey” is one of the more exciting of the new plays to open Off Broadway so far this season. A collaboration between Th…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

“Tiny Beautiful Things” at the Public’s Newman Theater (now through December 31st) by Simon Saltzman

Nia Vardalos  (photo: Joan Marcus) Sincere but why? That is how I responded to the dramatic form given to a stream of popular inter-active on-line advice columns originally written by Cher…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

"M. Butterfly" at the Cort Theatre by Simon Saltzman

Clive Owen and Jin HaPhoro Credit: Matthew Murphy Playwright David Henry Hwang made an auspicious Broadway debut in 1988 with M. Butterfly. The play and its original two stars - John Lithgow…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Torch Song Opened October 19 2017 by Simon Saltzman

Mercedes Ruehl and Micharel UriePhoto: Joan Marcus Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein is making a sentimental if not quite a sensational  return to its Off-Broadway roots. This time uptown. Ori…

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