Monday, September 27, 2021

Polylogues by Christopher Caz

Each interviewee’s name is projected onto the back wall as Clark carefully transitions between the 21 people she’s interviewed; young, old, male, female, cis- or otherwise. This is a lar…

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Ragamala Dance Company: Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim by Joel Benjamin

As the opaquely complicated plot played out on the stage, the three lead dancers (Ranee, Aparna and Ashwini Ramaswamy) took turns displaying impeccable Bharatanatyam technique:  feet adorne…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 07:54PM

Yeah, But Not Right Now by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Holmes’ songs include clever lyrics particularly “Facebook,” “I Can Be That Guy” and "Beautiful Girl in the Front Row.” His expert playing on the keyboard allows him to have duet…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 01:19AM
Friday, September 24, 2021

Neal Brennan: Unacceptable by David Kaufman

If a hallmark of our best stand-up comics is that he or she is unique—think of Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Mason and Lenny Bruce—a relative newcomer named Neal Brennan belongs in their compa…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:46PM
Monday, September 20, 2021

Blackbird by Christopher Caz

In his thankless role as Ray, Grossman’s performance is perpetually defensive, harried and out of breath. As unlikable a character as Ray is expected to be, Grossman doesn’t quite manage…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:17AM
Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Last of the Love Letters by Darryl Reilly

We’re transported to Ms. Chen’s boldly oppressive spacious prison set with bars, an austere bed, a urinal, a tank to vomit in, and a retractable metal staircase for a menacing authority …

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Pass Over by David Kaufman

The spartan set design by Wilson Chin features a large tin can, a tall streetlamp, a very large tire, a milk crate, and a high basketball net. The first two actors, Jon Michael Hill (as Mose…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 03:51PM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Sun & Sea by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Performed by a cast of 15 singers and enacted in pantomime by numerous local volunteers all dressed in swimwear, Sun & Sea is a typical day at the beach in which we hear the thoughts of …

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:35AM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

My Mother’s Severed Head by Joel Benjamin

Sadly, these promises aren’t kept in this mishmash of plots and characters that never quite meshes into a viable whole; it remains an unsteady comedy/fantasy never morphing into a smooth-r…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:08PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Remembering George Wein by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

George Wein, who died peacefully at his New York apartment at the age of 95, was the founder of the modern music festival.  His contributions to pop culture were enormous.   I liked him v…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 03:06PM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

What Happened? The Michaels Abroad by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The new play, ironically, does not take place in Rhinebeck, New York, like the preceeding 11 plays but as explained in its subtitle it concerns “Conversations in Angers, France,” the hom…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 07:09PM
Monday, September 6, 2021

Ni Mi Madre by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As his mother Bete (pronounced Bet–chi), Soria is bigger than life without a great deal of assistance from props, costuming or make-up. When he enters carrying an offering to the stage whi…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:40PM

Roles and Rules of Comedy by Joel Benjamin

"Roles and Rules of Comedy," six short comedic bits of fluff written and directed by Harold Dean James is a character-driven view of contemporary New York City.  Presented at the elegant Pl…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 05:34PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

SHOWSTOPPERS! SPECTACULAR COSTUMES FROM STAGE & SCREEN by Admin

Showstoppers! spotlights the incredible and oftentimes under-recognized costume contributions to the entertainment industry, and pulls back the curtain on the hundreds of costuming experts w…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 09:54PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

The Book of Moron by Darryl Reilly

“Do I believe in heaven and hell or another parallel universe? If I parallel park in a parallel universe will I be double parking?” muses the affable performer Robert Dubac during his c…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:17PM
Friday, August 20, 2021

BAAND Together Dance Festival at Lincoln Center by Joel Benjamin

It’s unlikely that New York City will ever see these five troupes sharing a stage again.  This was a festive occasion despite being uneven in tone and not particularly representative of a…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:41PM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Semblance by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Written and directed by White who is the Obie and Lily Award winning director of "Our Dear Dead Drug Lord" (WP Theater) and "What to Send Up When It Goes Down" (Public Theater, BAM Fisher an…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 05:10PM

Alma Baya by Darryl Reilly

"Alma Baya" is distinguished by its impressive production design which wondrously theatricalizes what we’re used to from experiencing science fiction on the screen and television. Scenic d…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:07AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

George M. Cohan Tonight! by Joel Benjamin

It is definitely worth a gander for both its subject matter and its performer, the disarming and immensely talented Jon Peterson who also adapted the one-man play from Chip Deffaa’s origin…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 07:00PM

The Karens by Christopher Caz

Fortunately, good things come to those who wait, even after an hour and a half. The play suddenly takes a turn when Karen X has a breakdown behind a dumpster at Whole Foods. Karen X may have…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 03:00PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Trial on the Potomac: The Impeachment of Richard Nixon by Darryl Reilly

Rich Little, belatedly making his New York stage debut in the role of Richard Nixon is the show’s magnetic anchor. George Bugatti crafts a wild scenario, meshing Allen Drury’s sense of p…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:31PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical by Joseph Pisano

Since it's difficult to make fun of something that was never meant to be taken seriously in the first place, Hogue and director Nick Flatto are often left to spin their wheels by simply reha…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:51PM
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Remembering Don Schaffer by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Don long worked as a publicist for one singer he greatly admired; when age and ill health prevented her from working much anymore and her finances grew precarious, she told him she could no …

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:33AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Friends! The Musical Parody by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem with the show now at The Jerry Orbach Theater is director Tim Drucker’s frenetic, over-the-top staging and the artificially broad presentational style of the acting, similar to…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:39PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Judgment Day by Christopher Caz

As Sammy, Jason Alexander’s exquisite comic genius delivers like gangbusters, a delivery which gets even richer in some subtler moments when Sammy surprises himself with some honest emotio…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:56AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Mandela by David Kaufman

Nelson Mandela’s inestimable value to humanity in general and to the abolishment of apartheid in particular cannot be thoroughly assessed or overestimated, nor are they in a new play that …

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:19PM

On the Town with Chip Deffaa: As Nightclubs Begin Coming Back by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Gianni Valenti, who runs one of the city’s best-known and most important nightspots, Birdland Jazz Club on 44th Street, deserves a lot of credit for leading the way.  He was one of the fi…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 02:15PM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Two Noble Kinsmen by Joel Benjamin

Hamilton Clancy, the artistic director of The Drilling Company, joins forces with his assistant director Karla Hendrick to stage The Two Noble Kinsmen in a modern-dress version that makes th…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 08:14PM
Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Wake of Dorcas Kelly by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Early in the play, songs are sung by various members of the cast including the anachronistic “The House of the Rising Sun,” (sung twice) set in New Orleans in the twentieth century. The …

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 05:25PM
Friday, July 16, 2021

When Broadway Shows Will Be Opening (or Re-Opening) by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

More than 30 Broadway productions are expected to open or re-open before year's end. Producers are gambling that by the fall, audiences will be ready to return. I'll list below the shows and…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:56AM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ by Darryl Reilly

For "The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+" which wildly lives up to its title, director Maarten Cornelis updates Wilde’s scenario to present day New York City. Currency is in dollars; …

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 06:07PM

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