Monday, October 21, 2019

Games by Joel Benjamin

"Games" shines a light on the long forgotten stories of two Jewish athletes in post-World War I Germany, a Germany that slid into National Socialism by the 1930’s, effecting the lives of H…

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Book review: Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs by Darryl Reilly

Admirers of the legendary performer should be enthralled by this quite probably definitive chronicle of her life and career that’s written with zest. The post Book review: Still Here: The…

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The White Chip by David Kaufman

Written by Sean Daniels, "The White Chip" is reportedly an autobiographical play, directed with an earnest finesse by Sheryl Kaller who sometimes has difficulty keeping her three different p…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Book review: “Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch” by Alexandra Jacobs by Darryl Reilly

Admirers of the legendary performer should be enthralled by this quite probably definitive chronicle of her life and career that’s written with zest. The post Book review: “Still Here: …

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Dublin Carol by Darryl Reilly

Bearded, bald and utilizing a pronounced Irish accent, the physically imposing Jeffrey Bean is towering as John. The beaming Mr. Bean’s delightful bonhomie gives way to harrowing anguish a…

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The Decline and Fall of the Entire World As Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As part of its Fall 2019 Musicals in Mufti Cole Porter Series, The York Theatre Company has smartly revived this 1965 Ben Bagley - Cole Porter revue not seen in New York in 54 years. Pamela …

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Worth of Water by Christopher Caz

Rocky execution aside, the play is not without humor, imagination, charm and whimsy, and the same can be said about the designs by Jessie Bonaventure (scenic), Johanna Pan (costumes), Kelley…

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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation by Darryl Reilly

This is the latest edition of creator, writer and director Gerard Alessandrini’s enduring musical spoof skewering present and past NYC theater that he inaugurated- in 1982 and has had over…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Victor by Admin

The play captures emotions that many of us have felt, from unrequited love, to loss. Seldom are we allowed access to such a raw story and candidness. In a time where we shield each other fro…

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Fall for Dance 2019: Program 5 by Joel Benjamin

Monica Bill Barnes totally changed the mood with her thoroughly delightful “The Running Show” which used physical contests as a metaphor for dance.  Barnes stood in the midst of sixteen…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

When It Happens to You by Mark Dundas Wood

As a writer, O’Dell seems to eschew melodramatic elements, including pat endings with fully resolved conflicts. This a work grounded in sober reality, a work that rejects the prevalent ide…

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Round Table by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem with Vaynberg’s play, now being given its Off Broadway premiere, in which she plays the lead female role, is that it has so many interlocking plots that it can give you a heada…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Fall for Dance 2019: Program 4 by Joel Benjamin

The final work, “Unveiling” by Sonya Tayeh, director of Tayeh Dance, known now as the choreographer of the Broadway hit 'Moulin Rouge!," used a trio which appeared to be about a female (…

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Slave Play by Darryl Reilly

A mulatto slave is sodomized with a large black dildo while in a canopy bed by his master’s wife who is decked out in Madonna-style dominatrix regalia. A white indentured servant fellates …

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Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Darryl Reilly

Numb from two straight-through hours of far-right speechifying emoted in perpetual semi-darkness, the audience at "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" then endures a ghastly aria of despair by a L…

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The Height of the Storm by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

What is evident is that Zeller writes tremendous roles for actors. Frank Langella won the Tony Award back in 2016 for the title role of "The Father," and "The Height of the Storm" may well w…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Wrong Man by Sheila Kogan

"The Wrong Man" is a new musical by multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan with "Hamilton"’s director Thomas Kail. Like "Hamilton," it began as a concept album and grew into a stage performa…

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The Glass Menagerie by Joel Benjamin

It is Ginger Grace as Amanda that is the crowning glory of this production.  Though slender and frail looking, she is still a powerful, if bothersome figure, memories of a golden southern b…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

runboyrun & In Old Age by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Despite the fine writing and acting, these two plays do not stand alone: we are given no backstory to understand the context for these relationships in the longer saga; both plays dealing wi…

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Fall for Dance 2019: Program 3 by Sheila Kogan

The Mariinsky Ballet performed the U.S. premiere of “At the Wrong Time,” which had been choreographed by Alexander Sergeev and had its world premiere March 26, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Ru…

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Nothing Gold Can Stay by Darryl Reilly

A downer by its nature, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is playwright Chad Beckim’s heartbreaking 95-minute family drama depicting the ravages of rampant opioid addiction in the present day United…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Caesar and Cleopatra by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

When the Gingold Theatrical Group’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s epic "Caesar and Cleopatra" begins, the characters are wearing white contemporary clothes and sitting on what looks like an …

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

BalletX: The Little Prince by Joel Benjamin

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s "The Little Prince" (1943) has been studied, analyzed, and staged as any number of plays, ballets, musicals and an unsuccessful film.  So, it was with great in…

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Fifty Million Frenchmen by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Still delightful, mainly due to Porter’s score, the book by Herbert Fields (who went on to write six more Porter shows) has its charms with its snappy Jazz Age dialogue which makes fun of …

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The Green Room by Joel Benjamin

These four characters are, unfortunately, not interesting enough to fill a 90-minute musical, especially one that covers territory better served by other shows like "A Chorus Line," "Fame" a…

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Kingfishers Catch Fire by Darryl Reilly

It’s 1948 and we’re in an Italian prison where “The Beast of Rome,” German SS Colonel Herbert Kappler (1907-1978) is serving a life sentence for war crimes. Kappler was the Chief of …

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Ludwig and Bertie by Admin

"Ludwig and Bertie," written by Douglas Lackey, gives us insight into the relationship of two of our greatest twentieth century philosophers, the younger Jewish Ludwig Wittgenstein and the 2…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Why? by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Legendary director Peter Brook has always investigated the big questions. In recent years his productions have become more intimate and the questions bigger. In "Why?", written and directed …

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Bad News! i was there… by David Kaufman

The latest offering by JoAnne Akalaitis, "Bad News! i was there…" is something of a misnomer, since none of us was there for the “bad news” of the ancient Greeks, which is what Akalai…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday by Darryl Reilly

Though off-putting, "Sunday"’s periodic non sequitur choreographic interludes become a respite from its bad writing and grating performances. For no discernable reason, characters stop sp…

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Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo by Darryl Reilly

Katsura Sunshine is the stage name of this charismatic 49-year-old Toronto-born performer who relocated to Japan and apprenticed to a Rakugo artiste. Mr. Sunshine eventually became a notable…

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