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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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nothing to Hide by Doug Marino

Neil Patrick Harris directs this brief wonder now running at the Signature Theatre on W42nd Street.  (Did you know that in addition to being an uber-handsome actor and award show host h…

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Bad Jews by Doug Marino

Joshua Harmon's new play just got promoted upstairs! Roundabout moved the bitingly funny play from the black-box theater downstairs to the Laura Pels stage for a run during their 2013-2014 s…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

On the Record by Doug Marino

It's like a walk down musical memory lane.  Four crooners peddling delicious melodies, tight harmonies, and a songbook packed with hits.  The affable Bill Daugherty, the incredibly…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Murder for Two by Doug Marino

Hysterical.  Absolutely delicious.  Non-stop, zany, top-notch talent and entertainment.  These and other similar tags have been associated with Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's…

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The Glass Menagerie by Doug Marino

Stunning.  Enchanting.  Emotional.  Potent.  Transformative. All these words resonate when it comes to John Tiffany's direction of this new production of Tennessee Willia…

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Little Miss Sunshine by Doug Marino

Living its second life, reincarnated and redesigned since its debut at La Jolla, the curtain now rises on Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theater.  If you've seen the movie (like s…

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Doug Marino

Brilliantly crafted, cleverly executed, delightful from beginning to end! Finally, an old fashioned original musical has come to Broadway. The indomitable duo of Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pin…

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Commons of Pensacola by Doug Marino

I kind of expected more once I got the gist that this was a Bernie Madoff kind of story.  Wife who may or may not have known what her convicted criminal (we're to assume financial fraud…

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Time To Kill by Doug Marino

Rupert Holmes has adapted a classic best seller and movie for the stage.  John Grisham's first book and now his first play for the stage is a remarkable work that needs just a bit more …

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George by Doug Marino

An entrant in the All for One Theater Festival, which specializes in developing and showcasing one-person shows, Kelly Carlin shows us a behind-the-curtain look at her life growing up with h…

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Winslow Boy by Doug Marino

Terence Rattigan's new play, The Winslow Boy, took it's second spin at Roundabout's MainStage this season after its production at the Old Vic in London.   It's a play for playgoers. &nb…

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Newsies by Doug Marino

They are indeed the Kings of New York.  Given their tender ages one might instead use the term Prince to describe them.   Whatever you choose, there's no doubt they power thro…

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

First Date by Doug Marino

This the tale of two reviews.  First Date was amusing.  First Date was cute.  First Date was everything a delightful, off-Broadway show for $40 a ticket should be.   Trou…

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Snow Geese by Doug Marino

Headliner, Mary Louise-Parker, may be listed first in the cast due to her star-power, but this one's got a true ensemble cast - every single one of them superb actors from start to fini…

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