Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Last Ship by Doug Marino

In its pre-Broadway try-out at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago, Sting's new musical, The Last Ship, is working out the kinks and honing its message for the masses of New York City thi…

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Sex with Strangers by Doug Marino

Playwright Laura Eason has penned a remarkably intelligent, thought-provoking, well-balanced, two-hander about writers and their plight in today's modern world.The talented and beautiful Ann…

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Doug Marino

It has a cult following.  It's a mix of glam-rock and drag queen.  It's got heart and is rather in-your-face about the whole affair. Neil Patrick Harris takes the reigns of this mo…

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Just Jim Dale by Doug Marino

The Roundabout Theatre Company strikes (out) again.  Jim Dale is an extraordinary song and dance man  He's likable, flexible, and talented - even at this ripe old age of 79 - he's …

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bullets Over Broadway by Doug Marino

I was moderately entertained.  Indeed, I was.  However, knowing what I know, I feel a bit cheated.  If I didn't know any better (as most of the out-of-towners who attend these…

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Violet by Doug Marino

Originally produced for a brief run at Playwrights Horizons in 1997, Violet is seeing a new incarnation at Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre with a star as bright as the moon in a dark …

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When We Were Young and Unafraid by Doug Marino

Sarah Treem has been busy these past few years and I didn't even realize it.   Aside from writing this mesmerizing and provocative new play, When We Were Young and Unafraid, she's been …

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Red-Eye to Havre De Grace by Doug Marino

New York Theater Workshop strikes again with a provocative, edgy, discordant, and artistic presentation of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe on several train rides between New York and Virgin…

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Too Much Sun by Doug Marino

 Fresh off her last off-Broadway turned Broadway run, The Lyons, Linda Lavin joins up once again with playwright Nicky Silver once again at the Vineyard Theatre for Too Much Sun, a full…

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Forbidden Broadway - Comes Out Swinging! by Doug Marino

Gerard Alessandrini is at it once again.  His smash hit show, Forbidden Broadway, (subtitle on the Playkill - Comes Out Swinging!) is back in the saddle at the comfortabl…

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Friday, April 25, 2014

The Substance of Fire by Doug Marino

Jon Robin Baitz' story is re-told at Second Stage this spring.  I didn't know at the time but it was previously a movie in 1996 with a great cast (Sarah Jessica Parker, Ron Rifkin, Timo…

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Velocity of Autumn by Doug Marino

The weather outside may be delightful, but folks, Autumn has no velocity.  It's a magnificent story with a perfectly cast leading lady that should be told in 35 minutes - tops.  Th…

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Act One by Doug Marino

Let me state right off the bat - I'm no theatrical historian.  I know very little about Mr. Moss Hart except what I've seen of some of his work.  (For more info on Mr. Hart, start …

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Tales From Red Vienna by Doug Marino

Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove have once again produced a small-theatre ensemble gem at the Stage I at City Center of the Manhattan Theatre Club.Assembled for this fine work are the "it" girl,…

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cabaret by Doug Marino

After the initial smile the news of Cabaret's revival brought to my face, it soon turned slightly sour.  Don't get me wrong, I love the show.  What brought a little disdain to the …

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Casa Valentina by Doug Marino

When I was recovering from a recent surgery, I suggested to my friends that I would soon be ready to 'get back out there and see some provocative and exciting theatre'.  Little did I kn…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mothers and Sons by Doug Marino

Investing in Broadway has one downside - I can't objectively review the shows. (After all, I want to make a profit!).  From the moment I heard about the text and substance of this play …

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dinner with Friends by Doug Marino

The simplicity of this play is blinding.  The message is complex and thought provoking.  Donald Margulies is a master of dialogue and rich language and context hidden in plain sigh…

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The Bridges of Madison County by Doug Marino

Well, I'm an investor so I can't really review the show objectively.  But my decision to invest was made based mainly on the brilliant casting (Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale) and dir…

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stop Hitting Yourself by Doug Marino

Well this is not your typical play.  Commissioned by LCT, this quirky theater collective named Rude Mechs has taken the farce to new heights on the stage.  Seven talented actors gr…

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Love and Information by Doug Marino

This play is very unique and another thoroughly enjoyable installment of the New York Theatre Workshop.  Actually, less of a play more a series of thematic vignettes - long and short. &…

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The Happiest Song Plays Last by Doug Marino

The 3rd in a trilogy of plays by Quiara Alegria Hudes, this one just might need a bit more work.  There's nothing wrong with the story - unless you think the disjointed, unconnected cha…

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Little Me by Doug Marino

It's been a while for me, but eventually the delight of a fresh production at Encores! has caught my attention.  Little Me - Book by Neil Simon - Music by Cy Coleman-  is an evenin…

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

She is King by Doug Marino

A creation by its star, Larissa Husiak (Billie Jean King), She is King is a verbatim reenactment of the words of Billie Jean King through various interviews for TV.  It's an intensive r…

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I am the Wind by Doug Marino

A theatre critic is sometimes biased, and this is one of those times.  Well, it is not too often that I get to see a play staring someone who I acted with in High School.  So when …

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Bronx Bombers by Doug Marino

Major League Baseball and The New York Yankees are actually a part of ("in association with") the new Eric Simonson written and directed two act play, Bronx Bombers.  Yes, it's baseball…

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Outside Mullingar by Doug Marino

In a charming single act, playwright, John Patrick Shanley, doesn't cease to entertain in this quirky Irish romantic comedy.  As with all thing Irish, there's always alcohol and death -…

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Machinal by Doug Marino

Who would have thought a lyrical play about a crazy woman who kills her husband and gets the electric chair would be so engrossing?  Sophie Treadwell's 1928 play about this very subject…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudville by Doug Marino

 This is a workshop run so I can't be too critical.  That said, the rather long name of this show could be shortened and clarified.  It really could be titled "The Mandy and M…

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined by Doug Marino

At the helm of this new work, Canadian crooner and successful young actor and artist, Kyle Riabko, takes a bunch of classic tunes from an old master, Mr. Burt Bacharach, and re imagines them…

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 by Doug Marino

It's a grand party in a glamorous pop-up cabaret tent right here on Broadway, freshly moved uptown from the Meatpacking district.  One would think the edgy, avant-garde performance styl…

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