Thursday, October 22, 2020

Stephanie Lynn Wilson (1953-2020) by Darryl Reilly

This Bronx-born Off-Off-Broadway dynamo strove to put people of color on the stage in her substantive and empowering material. Appearing in one of her plays was so memorable. The post Steph…

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020


There were few women in positions of authority when she started in theater.  But as she once told me, “If I wanted to do something, I just went ahead and did it.”  She blazed a trail f…

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Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company: “Solo Suites” by Joel Benjamin

Now directed by the energetic and warm Enrique Cruz DeJesus, Alpha Omega provided welcome relief from months of quarantine and angst with “Solo Suites,” a breezy—in every sense of the …

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble: “Rooms2020” by Joel Benjamin

“Rooms2020” was to have been presented in a live season which was aborted by the current Covid crisis. Instead, the troupe has presented the work artfully streamed in a version that is m…

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Friday, June 12, 2020

A 2020 Four Best List by Darryl Reilly

With New York City theater in limbo for the foreseeable future, now seems the time to acknowledge the outstanding presentations of this COVID-19 era. The post A 2020 Four Best List appear…

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Neuro-diverse EPIC Players Inclusion Company Releases Another Video from their Virtual Performance Series, EPIC Sings for Autism by Admin

Their newest virtual performance video includes the duet A Whole New World from the Broadway Musical Aladdin and features EPIC company member Jordan Boyatt and Telly Leung who played the tit…

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BAM and Greenlight Bookstore present theater luminary David Lan in conversation with director/producer Stephen Daldry—premieres May 7 by Admin

Theater producer and playwright David Lan joined with his longtime artistic collaborator Stephen Daldry for a digital conversation celebrating Lan’s new memoir, As If By Chance: Journeys, …

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Gem Spa, a 100 year old East Village institution, is closing for good. by Admin

To illustrate the vital importance of its illustrious history, Gem Spa is featured on the back cover of the first album by the New York Dolls. Poets Allen Ginsberg and Ted Berrigan both ment…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Secret Theatre permanently closed its doors on May 5th 2020. by Admin

Broadway playwright’s like Jim Rado, Neil LaBute, Jeremey Kareken and Greg Kotis have all graced our seats. We have had Broadway performers step on to our relatively tiny stage to give the…

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The Best Music Documentaries To Watch Now by Admin

We dove into the archives to find six of the best globe-trotting music documentaries to keep readers occupied and maybe even teach them something new. Whether you’re a fan of Japanese vid…

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My Circle in the Square by Darryl Reilly

“Romeo and Juliet” at this unique theater was the first Broadway show I saw. Rex Harrison, George C. Scott and Brian Bedford were also memorable there. The post My Circle in the Squar…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Rather than sit around and mope, Flynn wrote “Good Morning, Quarantine”—setting his own new lyrics to the familiar melody of “Good Morning, Baltimore,” composed by Marc Shaiman (wi…

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Monday, April 27, 2020


Will people--especially people who are older or have pre-existing health issues (and many theatergoers are older and have such heath issues)--be willing to gather in packed theaters or conce…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups by Darryl Reilly

This 1980’s obscure and brief-running dark work is my favorite play. I later met the author’s wife, which inspired Rupert Pupkin-style delusions. The post Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups ap…

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Pandemic Diversions by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Like many, I have sought solace through entertainment during these first weeks of shelter-in-place. This is a roundup of the most enriching such works. María Irene For…

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Last Theater Show by Darryl Reilly

Here are accounts of productions I attended just before live performances traumatically ceased in NYC due to COVID-19; one review was not published before. The post The Last Theater Show app…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Girl from the North Country (Broadway) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Set in a dark time, "Girl from the North Country" creates a community on stage as do the best plays and musicals. Its tale of lost souls attempting to keep their heads above water is univers…

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Vincent Price Was Oscar Wilde by Darryl Reilly

There are happy and distracting memories to ponder while the arts and life are in limbo due to COVID-19. Lauren Bacall also appears in this recollection. The post Vincent Price Was Oscar Wi…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coal Country by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

For "Coal Country," an investigation into the April 5, 2010 West Virginia disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine which killed 29 men, authors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen …

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Monday, March 16, 2020

West Side Story by Joel Benjamin

Van Hove's energetic cast is too often lost among the video images which is sad because they are a wonderfully scrappy group of actor/dancer/singers who give their all.  (I’m told that th…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall has given the Transport Group production staged at The Abroms Arts Center a rousing production, the major problem still exists with the stor…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Nederlands Dans Theater 2020 by Joel Benjamin

If one were to come to conclusions about the Netherlands after seeing the three ballets presented by the Nederlands Dans Theater at the New York City Center, the Netherlands would clearly co…

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The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment by Darryl Reilly

With its eloquent nods to conceptual art, good-natured comedic tone and superior performance, "The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment" is an intelligent entertainment. The post The Artist W…

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About Love by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The inspiration for "About Love" is Ivan Turgenev’s "First Love," one of the greatest of all novellas. Subtitled “a play with songs and music,” that is exactly what it is: a dramatic p…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tomorrow We Love by Christopher Caz

There is plenty of over-the-top acting, physical antics and far-fetched story lines, all perfectly acceptable ingredients for a zany gender-bending farce. The only thing missing are the laug…

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Unknown Soldier by Darryl Reilly

The declarative lyrics are written by Mr. Goldstein and the show’s composer Michael Friedman. Mr. Friedman was a notable musical theater figure who died of HIV-related causes in 2017, at t…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mr. Toole by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Vivian Neuwirth’s "Mr. Toole" is a fitting tribute to a charismatic teacher and a brilliant author. However, the play, in the form it currently is in, seems to have been shoehorned into a …

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Two Can Play by Mark Dundas Wood

However, it’s not until the second act that the play generates many laughs. Here, the tables turn on Jim. Gloria, returning to Kingston, has gained self-assurance from her escapades in the…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Mixing fiction and fact, new Signature Theatre Residency playwright Lauren Yee’s "Cambodian Rock Band" is an engrossing, entertaining and appalling  investigation into the Khmer Rouge’s…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Incantata by David Kaufman

Some books and movies and poems do not lend themselves to theatricalization, and that’s certainly the case with "Incantata," which is currently being given its American premiere at the Iri…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Ballet Vlaanderen by Sheila Kogan

Ballet Vlaanderen was founded in 1969 by dancer/choreographer Jeanne Brabants, and the present artistic director since 2015 is Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who is known for his own award-winning ch…

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