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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Collective Mourning: David Bowie by Elizabeth Wollman

David Bowie's death hasn't suddenly made me like Lazarus any more than I did when I saw it, but it sure has put me in touch with the power of collective mourning. Over the past week, I've li…

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Fifteen for '15 by Elizabeth Wollman

It's humbling, really, just how much theater happens in this town--and just how much talent there is making it. Because I've been on sabbatical this year, I've seen many, many more shows tha…

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Lazarus by Elizabeth Wollman

About halfway through Lazarus, the self-important mess that is currently a hot ticket at New York Theatre Workshop, the dude next to me started repeatedly noodling with his Apple watch. Now,…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan by Elizabeth Wollman

When it comes to biographical jukebox musicals that are produced by the same people being depicted, you could do worse than On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The musical …

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Allegiance by Elizabeth Wollman

Allegiance, the Broadway musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, is not the most flawlessly rendered musical you will ever see. Some of its lyrics are a littl…

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ripcord by Elizabeth Wollman

Last night, the cast of Ripcord, David Lindsay-Abaire's play at MTC, seemed a little off. Maybe it had been a rough weekend, or someone got accidentally plastered during the half-hour call, …

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The Humans by Elizabeth Wollman

In The Humans, Stephen Karam's funny, sad, squirmily accurate play about family dynamics in troubling times, the supernatural is repeatedly implied. The newly rented, ground-floor New York a…

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Eclipsed by Elizabeth Wollman

We at Show Showdown seem to be in a Public Theater frenzy right now, but their season has just begun, it's very promising thus far, and I love the Public something fierce, so I'm happy to ke…

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Barbecue by Elizabeth Wollman

Barbecue, Robert O'Hara's twisty, turny play at the Public, is a show I don't want to write extensively about for fear of giving any of the many Big Reveals away. So I won't say much of anyt…

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Christians by Elizabeth Wollman

Lucas Hnath's The Christians, which has recently been extended through mid-October at Playwrights Horizons, is a compelling play about contemporary evangelical Christianity. It asks a n…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The desnudas in Times Square by Elizabeth Wollman

I wrote a thing for OUP blog, and figured I'd share it here. It's about the "painted ladies" in Times Square, the history of that particularly raunchy neighborhood, and how silly this p…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Legend of Georgia McBride by Elizabeth Wollman

The Legend of Georgia McBride is maybe not the deepest show out there, but it's great fun, nonetheless. Performed by a committed cast whose kind, well-meaning characters are impossible not t…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by Elizabeth Wollman

Matthew MurphyThe Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, currently at the Westside Theater, is a sweet, thoroughly engaging one-person show, and I say this as someone who is not particu…

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Preludes by Elizabeth Wollman

Kyle FromanPreludes, which has been extended through early August at the absolutely lovely Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, is a dense and chewy musical that will not thrill everyone wh…

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Guards at the Taj by Elizabeth Wollman

Doug HamiltonRajiv Joseph's stunning heart-breaker of a play, Guards at the Taj, is currently running through the end of June at Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater. It is a beaut…

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Monday, June 8, 2015

The Tony Awards: Speeches You Didn't See by Elizabeth Wollman

There will be plenty of time for people to weigh in on the ups and downs of the Tony Awards broadcast last night. I personally thought it was, for the most part, fine: Alan Cumming and Krist…

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Show Showdown's Totally Unscientific, Completely Biased, Absolutely Pointless Tony Forecast, 2015 by Elizabeth Wollman

Sara KrulwichThis year's Tony Awards are going to be aired on Sunday, June 7, and we at Show Showdown are so excited that we couldn't help but weigh in with our first ever forecast. The…

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Permission by Elizabeth Wollman

Jenny AndersonPermission, Robert Askins' new play at MCC, is an entertaining if undercooked tangle of ideas that don't fully cohere. Using, as a springboard, the apparently real and squ…

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Grounded by Elizabeth Wollman

Photo: Sara KrulwichA 2011 one-character play about a fighter pilot who transitions from combat to an assignment on an Army base as a drone pilot, Grounded, by George Brant, has been produce…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hamlet by Elizabeth Wollman

Photo: Carol RoseggHamlet's a real pain in the ass, if you ask me. I don't mean the titular protagonist, though he's a pill, too. I'm talking about the show itself, which is so well-known, s…

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Hamilton by Elizabeth Wollman

Much like the titular subject of his densely chewy, enormously satisfying new musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda is clearly so driven by, fascinated with, and passionate about something that he has…

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

An Octoroon by Elizabeth Wollman

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon is one of those plays that is so excellent, challenging, insightful and funny that it leaves me with the desire to see it again immediately, several …

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Friday, March 6, 2015

On the 20th Century by Elizabeth Wollman

Yup, I'm with Cameron on this one.The Roundabout's revival of On the 20th Century, currently in previews, is delightful in its embrace of a whole mess of contradictions. The cast is hav…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Academy Awards by Elizabeth Wollman

Awards shows can tell us a lot about ourselves, which is why I insist on watching them, even when I haven't consumed much of the entertainment content being awarded. Last night was a case in…

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Into the Woods by Elizabeth Wollman

Jim CoxNo, this isn't a review of the movie. I'm talking here about the Fiasco Theater production, which is currently in previews Off Broadway at the Laura Pels Theater. It's really terrific…

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Monday, December 22, 2014

The Year-End Roundup by Elizabeth Wollman

Every year, I rack up regrets over shows I never got the chance to see. I missed Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 &3) this year, for example, and also Sticks and Bones and Boo…

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

And now....the audience by Elizabeth Wollman

Have you seen the Broadway League's recent report on the demographics of the 2013-14 Broadway audience? If you haven't, and you're interested, you can check it out here.I recognize that demo…

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical by Elizabeth Wollman

Beautiful is one of those shows I meant to see when it first opened, and then right before Tony time, and then right after Tony time, and then over the summer. . .  and then I just sort…

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

On the Town by Elizabeth Wollman

As Carol Oja points out in her new, excellent book Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, the 1944 musical On the Town is not nearly as well-known or celebrated as Jer…

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Bedbugs! It's a Musical by Elizabeth Wollman

Rex BonomellEvery stage musical is a reflection of its place, time, and culture, and this is no less true for Bedbugs! It's a Musical than it is for something comparatively celebrated or can…

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Elizabeth Wollman

Brinkhoff/MoegenburgHave you ever seen Change of Habit (1969), the last movie Elvis Presley had a starring role in? Presley plays a doctor who works at a clinic. . . "In the Ghetto". Mary Ty…

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