Monday, February 22, 2021

The Color Purple - at Home, Curve online review – life-affirming musical retelling of Alice Walker's novel by Rachel Halliburton

Celie learns how to live from the strong, rebellious women she encounters This production of The Color Purple is an extraordinary testimony to the fact that many of the twentieth century’s…

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Watching Other People Clean Their Houses On YouTube Is Now A Thing by Artsjournal1

“These aren’t Hoarder spinoffs for viewers to gawk at other people’s misery, nor are they aspirational home-organizing tutorials where influencers showcase impeccable walk-in closets. …

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Attacks On The Merits by Artsjournal

The idea that the world is corrupt and unfair was the subject of medieval morality plays and sermons. They taught a vast population to reconcile itself to misery and subjugation by promising…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Babies, the Biz, and a Pandemic by The Ensemblist

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Pandemic Diary December: Getting Out of 2020 by Nicole Serratore

While the pandemic is far from over and our lives are not going to magically change as the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2020, there is still something deeply satisfying with puttin…

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Friday, December 11, 2020

“Did You Have Fun?” Audition Monologues for She Kills Monsters by Performerstuff

“Did You Have Fun?” Audition Monologues for She Kills Monsters Written by Amanda Grace November 29th, 2020 Qui Nguyen’s 2011 play brings closure to a broken-hearted sister via…

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

“Waiting for Gretchen: Faust” – Teater Republique by Peter M. Boenisch

Faustimir and Mephistragon The misery of the aging white man, who once diligently studied philosophy, law, and medicine, and yet still finds himself waiting for “gods eller guld eller ære…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Call Answered: Andre Cahoun: Actor, Filmmaker, Singer, Songwriter and Record Producer by Adam Rothenberg

Andre Cahoun is a rising actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and record producer who hails from Toronto, Canada. Andre recently released his debut EP, Short Term, and has just followed up …

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Pandemic Diary July: Goblins, Kings, and No Zombies by Nicole Serratore

July was packed with personal self-care. I found a new therapist and said goodbye to my old elliptical machine. I hilariously tried to stop the elliptical from squeaking with a series of lub…

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Friday, July 17, 2020

GLOW and Hamlet Star Gayle Rankin on Why She's Never Happier Than When She's in Misery on HBO Max's Perry Mason by Playbill Staff

The theatre alum can currently be seen on the new reimagining of the classic character, starring Matthew Rhys.

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GLOW and Hamlet Star Gayle Rankin on Why She's Never Happier Than When She's in Misery on HBO's Perry Mason by Playbill Staff

The theatre alum can currently be seen on the new reimagining of the classic character, starring Matthew Rhys.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020


(From The New York Times, 6/24; photo: The New York Times; via Pam Green.) It took David Adjmi 10 years to write his new memoir, “Lot Six” (HarperCollins). The last four months were spen…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Misery and Megalomania: How David Adjmi Became a Playwright by Elisabeth Vincentelli

His new memoir “Lot Six” traces the Syrian-Jewish enclave that spawned him, the instructor who unnerved him, and the biting comedy that made his name.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Playwright Tomson Highway on why artists need to fight evil by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Cree playwright, whose ‘The Cave’ is part of the online Luminato Festival, says ‘the greater the challenge the greater the fight,’ whether it’s anti-Black racism, climate chang…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Almanac: Graham Greene on unhappiness by Terry Teachout

“The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness. In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this p…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Best Showtunes Evah by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Cross-posted from Train My Ear.Some years ago Adam Feldman at Time Out New York asked me to contribute some entries for a grand list of "Best Broadway Songs of All Time." I had nothing to d…

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Business of Show Biz: I Need To Grieve

by Velina Brown Q: I love performing. At least I usually do. But I don?t appreciate the pressure to participate in the constant Zoom meetups, rehearsals, play readings, and ?Let?s all sing …

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Girl From the North Country’ review: Bob Dylan on Broadway is a dud by Johnny Oleksinski

A series of unfortunate events has come to Broadway. No, not the Lemony Snicket novels, but “Girl From the North Country,” a mashup of Bob Dylan songs and abject misery. The show, which …

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bluebeard review – Pina Bausch's punishing portrait of marital misery by Lyndsey Winship

Sadler’s Wells, LondonSet to Bartók’s opera, the bloody myth becomes a bleak battle of the sexes where we can never quite tell right from wrong Pina Bausch was of the “hell is other p…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

ZviDance: MAIM (“Water” in Hebrew) by Joel Benjamin

Israeli-born choreographer Zvi Gotheiner created "Maim ('Water' in Hebrew)," a somber meditation on water, drought, misery, community and survival for seven members of ZviDance, all brillian…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Hope mingles with misery in Jamar Roberts’s Ode, danced by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Roberts’s debut as resident choreographer forms part of a programme of ‘memorial’ dances at City Center, New York

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Monday, December 2, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at the MAC, Belfast – ‘fiendishly clever reworking’ by Jane Coyle

Tidings of comfort and joy replace Dickensian filth and misery in this handsome, rip-roaring new take on a Christmas staple. In the

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

HOOKED ON HAPPINESS at Theater for the New City by Jacquelyn Claire

HOOKED ON HAPPINESS is an original climate change musical tackling the crisis through the perspective of a high school drama class. Two students Kim and Eric are inspired to create their own…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review: The Powers That Be – A Rock Opera at Venus Theatre by Debbie Minter Jackson

How does one process unspeakable pain in losing a loved one to violence?  Sanguine expressions of “thoughts and prayers” have no place in The Powers That Be, a hard rocking contemplatio…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Dance As Opportunity In The Slums Of Rio by Artsjournal

The violence, the hopelessness and the misery in the slums of Rio de Janeiro are all a direct result of the lack of guidance, role models or future prospects — except drug trafficking — …

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Effect asks if passion is real in an age of pharmaceuticals by Josh Flanders

Strawdog's production leaves a mark in this Chicago premiere. In Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, Rob Fleming asks, "What came first—the music or the misery? Do al…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Slave Play offers provocation, no easy answers in Broadway debut by Leah Greenblatt

Broadway babies, be warned: Slave Play aims to land in a world of Lion Kings and Wickeds and Dear Evan Hansens like a bomb, and it does — a high-wire discourse on race and power and sexual…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Fantasia: how to pack maximum pleasure into an hour by Lyndsey Winship

Trailblazing choreographer Rosie Kay is using the latest research in neuroscience to bring unalloyed joy to her audience When Rosie Kay was starting work on her new dance show, Fantasia, she…

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Review: Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse by Gabriel Wilding

Review: Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse4.0starsThe great tradition of watching a family be horrible to one-another is given a fresh undercurrent in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ 2014 play Appropri…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A Million Little Pieces — the misery memoir exposed as a fake

Sam Taylor-Johnson directs Aaron Taylor-Johnson in this husband-and-wife adaptation of James Frey’s 2003 book

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Color Purple review – a musical with heart, spirit and soul by Mark Fisher

Curve, LeicesterAlice Walker’s novel is transformed into an exuberant celebration of community and female empowerment Incest. Child abuse. Rape. Domestic violence … the foundations of A…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre