Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Butcher Boy: A New Musical at Irish Reperatory Theatre by Cindy Sibilsky

Adaptations are tricky. The best ones manage to cover the key points and honor the tone of the source material without getting bogged down by too many narrative details. These elements must …

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Theatre4the People and the Matthew Corozine Studio present ‘Under the Dragon’s Tail’ by Isaac Byrne by Patricia Contino

Real experts like E. M. Forester and Virginia Woolf knew what reviewers go out of their way explaining in wordy detail:  there is no such thing as a simple plot.  Like offline real life, a…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Cassandra Rosebeetle and JL Marlor’s ‘The Final Veil’ at the cell theatre by Patricia Contino

  Co-Creator/Co-Choreographer/Director/Producer/Lead Performer Cassandra Rosebettle and Co- Creator/Composer/Librettist JL Marlor describe The Final Veil as a movement opera.  Unlike trad…

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park: Richard III by Cindy Sibilsky

It’s important, if not essential, for theatre makers to be ambitious and take risks. Equally crucial, especially in today’s climate, is considering diversity and inclusion when casting. …

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Loveghost @ Blackrose L.A. by Db Frick

Back in L.A. for the first time in a while as my presence was requested at Blackrose L.A. I couldn’t resist the opportunity at seeing a live musical event. Blackrose LA is a new venue and …

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Monday, July 11, 2022

“Richard III” – Shakespeare in the Park by Jeff Myhre

This summer, the Public Theater is celebrating the 60th season of Shakespeare in the Park, and it is one of the events that makes living in New York City a privilege. The first of the plays …

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Chita Rivera Awards 2022 by Cindy Sibilsky

(For the Full List of 2022 CHITA RIVERA AWARD WINNERS and Red Carpet Photos, see below) The stars with the highest kicks, swishiest hips, dynamite tap skills, and the slickest moves were out…

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

QUINCE: An Unforgettable Immersive Experience Blossoms at The Bushwick Starr by Cindy Sibilsky

Anyone who has tended a garden (even on a rooftop or fire escape) or owned a houseplant knows that a living thing needs proper care, time, nourishment, and nurturing to grow, flourish and re…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

“Gratitude” — Urban Stages by Jeff Myhre

Montreal’s Mainline Theatre has brought “Gratitude” by Oren Safdie to New York’s Urban Stages, and it is quite a strong premier for the show. Set in a private school in Canada in a d…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Fat Ham at The Public Theater: Succulent Joy Triumphs Over Tragedy by Cindy Sibilsky

  For a play premiering on Memorial Day weekend, what could feel more festive than a family gathering at a backyard barbecue served with a side of Shakespeare, a heaping portion of pop cult…

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Monday, June 6, 2022

BroadwayCon Reveals Star-Studded Line-Up by Jeff Myhre


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Monday, May 9, 2022

For Some…The Future Was Female: 2 Reinvented Icons by Patricia Contino

  Hopefully, with a lot of numerousness, the truer story of women in history and the arts will continue.  #MeToo and COVID partially started this reckoning, and these two recent works are …

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

How I Learned to Drive – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Jeff Myhre

The Manhattan Theatre Club has revived Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive,” using the same two main actors who performed it back in 1997, David Morse (Uncle Peck) and Mary-Louise Pa…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

To My Girls – Second Stage Theater by Jeff Myhre

In mid-2020 with the theaters closed and the pandemic raging, Second State Theater;s President and Artistic Director Carole Rothman checked in with playwright JC Lee to see how he was doing …

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

IRT Theater presents Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Round Dance’ by Patricia Contino

  Does love make the world go round?  Is there such a thing as a random encounter?  In 1897, Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler asked these questions in Reigen (Round Dance). which in …

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Monday, March 21, 2022

The Accidental Futurist Ensemble: SITI Company’s “The Medium” at BAM by Cindy Sibilsky

The year is 1993: Bill Clinton becomes president of the US; the World Trade Center is bombed by Islamic Fundamentalists; the FBI raids Branch Davidians, a religious cult in Waco, TX; Russia …

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Karl Mansfield: A Broadway Piano Man, and More by Jeff Myhre

David Byrne’s American Utopia has had an interesting, pandemic-interrupted run on Broadway, and it will be closing at the St. James Theatre April 3. This seemed an appropriate time to refl…

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

American Utopia at St. James Theatre by Jeff Myhre

David Byrne is far from your typical rock star. The fast car, fast women, drug-addled stereotype just doesn’t fit him. It should not be a surprise, therefore, that his show on Broadway is …

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Monday, March 7, 2022

NAATCO’s OUT OF TIME at The Public Theater by Cindy Sibilsky

OUT OF TIME, a collection of five brand-new monologues by five award-winning Asian American playwrights could have been titled “Long Overdue.” Now playing at the Public Theater through S…

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company’s Revival of ‘A Day in Hollywood/A Night at the Ukraine at Theatre Row by Patricia Contino

It was hard not thinking about what was happening in Ukraine (the “The” was dropped when independence was declared in 1991) when J2 Spotlight Theater’s captivating revival of A Day i…

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Mdou Moctar & Bartees Strange launch Music at BAM Curated by Hanif Abdurraqib by Cindy Sibilsky

There are moments when music can break down all borders and boundaries to touch something deep within the soul. Those rare experiences make an individual recognize their place in their colle…

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Monday, February 14, 2022

‘Space Dogs’ Blast Off at MCC Theatre by Patricia Contino

The Jetsons had Astro.  Doctor Who K-9 and Karvanista.  Boxey adopted robotic Daggit after the first Battlestar Galactica survived the Cylon attack but the poor kid’s pet didn’t.  Th…

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Revisiting 2 Icons: A Dance Solo and a Legacy by Patricia Contino

Recipes, coffee franchises, fashion, even outfits worn to museum galas are labeled “iconic.”  The performing arts have no shortage of them either.  Towards the end of 2021, two very di…

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Interview with Daniel Alexander Jones by Cindy Sibilsky

The transcendent Black Queer Artist Daniel Alexander Jones (aka DAJ) puts his “slashes” to good use. The multi-hyphenated artist is having a very busy 2021. He’s had a book release, a …

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Interview with Buck Gooter’s Billy Brett by Cindy Sibilsky

Buck Gooter was formed in 2005 by multigenerational bandmates Terry Turtle and Billy Brett. The duo met in Harrisonburg, Virginia while working at the Little Grill Collective (known for host…

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Interview with Sarah Brightman for “A Christmas Symphony” 2021 Tour by Cindy Sibilsky

  Though her time in the spotlight began as a member of the UK-based dance group, Hot Gossip, soprano superstar Sarah Brightman’s career launched on the global stage when she originated t…

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

SHEEP #1: Tiny Toys Captivate Hearts at Japan Society by Cindy Sibilsky

There comes the point in life when one embarks on a Hero’s Journey toward self-discovery and finding the meaning of life. In the case of SHEEP #1, now playing at Japan Society through Nove…

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

United Solo Theatre Festival 2021 presents Lynn Needle’s SIX SOLOS – Legend, Myth and Nature by Patricia Contino

  Following this unprecedented time of isolation, the United Solo Theatre Festival 2021 is back at Theatre Row.  On October 28, choreographer, teacher, and gifted visual memoirist Lynn N…

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” Lands At Theater Row by Db Frick

“Mrs Warrens Profession” At Theater Row Through November George Bernard Shaw was a staunch anti-vaxxer. Despite that Shaw’s indelible touch on the modern artistry of comedic writing an…

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Take The Opportunity to “Crave” Alexandra Petrullo by Db Frick

Alexandra Performs Her Show, “Crave” Live. Flyer By: Shane Geraghty Like Sinead O’Conner sings in “Nothing Compares to You”, It’s been 18 months since I’ve seen live theatre”…

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Todd Buonopane: All Washed Up at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jena Tesse Fox

When the theaters shut down and performers could not perform in public anymore, actor and singer Todd Buonopane took to his bathtub and turned his shower curtain into a theater curtain, perf…

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