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Friday, October 18, 2019

Betrayal ***1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Isa Goldberg October 18, 2019: Director James Lloyd’s revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal embraces a chilly minimalism.  As the pinnacle of this complex love triangle, Robert (…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Rose Tattoo ****, Linda Vista ****, The New Englanders **1/2 Heroes of the Fourth Turning **** by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward October 17, 2019: “My life is unhappy. I want to change it and I don’t know how.” That’s the subtext of a lot of American drama and four productions currently …

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Slave Play ****1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Isa Goldberg October 17, 2019: The raves and buzz surrounding playwright Jeremy O. Harris are well deserved. A surprising young writer, his grasp of dramatic form, from medieval mir…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

On Broadway by Barry Gordin

"On Broadway" directed by Oren Jacoby makes World Premiere at Hamptons International Film Festival October 13, 2019:  An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theatre, and how…

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Hamptons Film Festival announce Winners by Barry Gordin

October 14, 2019: The 27th Hamptons International Film Festival, presented by HamptonsFilm, announced their award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton. The 2019 festival was dedicated to …

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The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter **** by Barry Gordin

By: Paulanne Simmons October 14, 2019: As the name implies, “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter” is more about the times Porter lived i…

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Alfre Woodard by Barry Gordin

A Conversation with Alfre Woodard @ Bay Street Theater October 12, 2019: In celebration of one of this year’s most talked about performances for her role in Chinonye Chukwu’s CLEMEN…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Slave Play ** by Barry Gordin

By: Paulanne Simmons October 13, 2019: Playwright Jeremy O. Harris is making his Broadway debut this season with Slave Play, which premiered last season at New York Theater Workshop. Th…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Pass by Barry Gordin

The Pass, a musical by Denise Marsa October 11, 2019: It was 2016 and I was thinking about my life as a singer-songwriter and how it all started for me. I recalled pretending, at the age…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Great Society ***, Slave Play ****, The Wrong Man *** by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward October 10, 2019: Robert Schenkkan provided a brilliant example of political theater with his Tony winning All the Way which played Broadway in 2014 after premiering a…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz *** by Barry Gordin

Paper Mill Playhouse Presents Young Judy Garland Chasing Rainbows: [on] The Road to Oz  By: Ellis Nassour October 9, 2019: Judy Garland, maybe along with Streisand, might be the exce…

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Freestyle Love Supreme by Barry Gordin

Five Reasons Why Freestyle Love Supreme is a Welcome Change for Broadway By: Iris Wiener             October 8, 2019: Before there was Hamilton and In the Heights there wa…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunday ** by Barry Gordin

By: Paulanne Simmons October 7, 2019: Jack Thorne’s new play, Sunday, making its premiere at Atlantic Theater Company, is about a group of 20-somethings, members of a book club, who m…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Round Table ** by Barry Gordin

“A Less Congenial Spot, In Cramalot” By: Samuel L. Leiter October 6, 2019: As I washed my hands in the men’s room after seeing Liba Vaynberg’s Round Table, a senior critic of my acqu…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

ARF Stroll To The Sea by Barry Gordin

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) announced today that its annual “Stroll to the Sea” Dog Walk presented by Chaser and The Corcoran Group will be held Saturday, October …

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Height of The Storm ***1/2 by Barry Gordin

French playwright Florian Zeller, well known in New York theater for his plays, The Father (Frank Langella) and The Mother (Isabelle Huppert), tells stories in a most outré fashion. Curren…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

L.O.V.E.R. ***1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Isa Goldberg October 2, 2019: What woman doesn’t dream of having her own washing machine? Usually, however, it isn’t a momentous issue – at least not in the way Lois Robbins…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Broadway’s 2019 Fall Season by Barry Gordin

Broadway’s 2019 Fall Season – Bigger Than Ever -- Is Off to a Roarin’ Start --  Headlining Acclaimed Stars, Playwrights, and Directors By: Ellis Nassour September 27, 2019: The…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Caesar and Cleopatra *** by Barry Gordin

By: Bernard Carragher September 26, 2019: The Gingold Theatrical Group is presenting Bernard Shaw’s cool comedy of a very young Cleopatra (Teresa Avia Lim) and an elderly Julius Caesa…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Height of the Storm ****, Fern Hill ***, Sunday ** by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward September 25, 2019: Reality is a slippery proposition in the plays of French dramatist Florian Zeller. In both The Father and The Mother, the title characters are lost…

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The Invention of Tradedy **1/2 by Barry Gordin

“The Bats’ and Cats’ Adventures in Wellman-land” By: Samuel L. Leiter September 24, 2019: Lewis Carroll, you’ll recall, declared, “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/Did g…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Paulanne Simmons Unscripted by Barry Gordin

A New Side to West Side Story? September 24, 2019: Theater lovers have been and should be delighted that West Side Story is once again being revived on Broadway. The production, directed…

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The Coffee Connection **** by Barry Gordin

Book Review: The Coffee Connection by Paulanne Simmons By: Lauren Yarger September 27, 2019: If you are a reader who enjoys sitting back with a cup of coffee and a good mystery, “T…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Broadway Back To School Gala by Barry Gordin

FIFTH ANNUAL BROADWAY BACK TO SCHOOL GALA @ EDISON BALLROOM September 23, 2019: Broadway legend Chita Rivera, Tony Award winners Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel, and Celia Keenan-Bolger,…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

American Moor by Barry Gordin

By: Isa Goldberg September 20, 2019: An actor of imposing presence, Keith Hamilton Cobb is also the scribe of American Moor, currently at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Cobb’s size alone wo…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Eureka Day ***1/2 by Barry Gordin

By: Isa Goldberg September 19, 2019: A horrible comedy, or rather a comedy that runs amok with horrible behaviors, Eureka Day, Colt Coeur's new production at the Walkerspace in downtown…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

2019-20 Broadway Update: Creative Casting by Barry Gordin

By: David Sheward September 15, 2019: Creative casting distinguishes two new Broadway productions. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are not the first two stars that come to mi…

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