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Friday, October 15, 2021

The Fever: Wallace Shawn Wags His Finger, Again by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆ Lili Taylor plays Shawn's tortured traveler in a revival of the Obie Award-winning play The post The Fever: Wallace Shawn Wags His Finger, Again appeared first on New York St…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:00AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sanctuary City: Home Is Where the Hurt Is by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Young characters search for love and belonging, under duress, in Martyna Majok's shattering new play The post Sanctuary City: Home Is Where the Hurt Is appeared first on New …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:57PM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

What Happened? The Michaels Abroad: From Richard Nelson, More Food for the Soul by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ The playwright and director completes his Rhinebeck Panorama with a typically nourishing, and trenchant, work. The post What Happened? The Michaels Abroad: From Richard Nels…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:06PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

With Venues Reopening Across New York, Life Is a Cabaret Once Again by Elysa Gardner

The Great American Songbook, jazz, drag and more are returning to the small stages where intimacy and audience interaction are so key.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 02:42PM
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Blindness: Light, Flickering, at the End of a Tunnel by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Simon Stephens's stark, lyrical adaptation of the novel arrives in New York, for socially distanced audiences The post Blindness: Light, Flickering, at the End of a Tunnel ap…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:50PM
Sunday, December 13, 2020

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!: Silver Bells and Sequins, Tidings of Dysfunction and Joy by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ The restless multihyphenate revisits the season, virtually The post Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!: Silver Bells and Sequins, Tidings of Dysfunction and Joy appeare…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:20AM
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers by Elysa Gardner

Teens competing for the New York Cabaret Convention are proving that young people are invested in the Great American Songbook.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 09:32AM
Friday, October 16, 2020

Shipwreck: On Trump, Race, Privilege, Friendship and Other Vexing Matters by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Anne Washburn and direct Saheem Ali mix the fantastical with the naturalistic in an audio version of this "History Play About 2017" The post Shipwreck: On Trump, Race, Privil…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:30PM
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Determined to Salvage the Fall, Cabaret Plots Its (Outdoor, Online) Return by Elysa Gardner

Making performances more accessible to audiences is part of the mission. Presenting shows that reflect the moment is another.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:54PM
Thursday, April 30, 2020

What Do We Need to Talk About?: Apple Tart for the Soul by Elysa Gardner

Nelson's Apple Family returns, virtually, to engage and comfort deprived theater fans The post What Do We Need to Talk About?: Apple Tart for the Soul appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 02:20PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Intermission Talk: How Broadway Singing Fell Sway to Pop Music’s Excesses, and Why There’s Hope by Elysa Gardner

On keeping singing in musical theater about storytelling, rather than showboating The post Intermission Talk: How Broadway Singing Fell Sway to Pop Music’s Excesses, and Why There’s Hope…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:14PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

72 Miles to Go: A Family Torn by Borders by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆ A well-meaning new play documents a family's struggles after being separated from its undocumented matron The post 72 Miles to Go: A Family Torn by Borders appeared first on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mr. Toole: A Creative Life Cut Short, Leaving Love and Anguish Behind by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A new play reflects on a literary hero, and on the toll and rewards of inspiration The post Mr. Toole: A Creative Life Cut Short, Leaving Love and Anguish Behind appeared first …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Incantata: Making Art Out of Grief by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Paul Muldoon's feverishly elegiac poem makes its American stage debut The post Incantata: Making Art Out of Grief appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:20AM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Unsinkable Molly Brown: Bellying Up to a New Century by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Dick Scanlan and Kathleen Marshall overhaul the Meredith Willson musical, with delightful results The post The Unsinkable Molly Brown: Bellying Up to a New Century appeared firs…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:50PM
Monday, February 24, 2020

All the Natalie Portmans: A Troubled Girl and Her Movie Star Muse by Elysa Gardner

★★★ C.A. Johnson's tender new play is illuminated by a vibrant young character, and actress The post All the Natalie Portmans: A Troubled Girl and Her Movie Star Muse appeared first on…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:30PM
Thursday, February 20, 2020

West Side Story: A New Time For Us by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Ivo van Hove shoots sparks into space with a fresh take on a musical masterwork The post West Side Story: A New Time For Us appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:45PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Anatomy of a Suicide: Mothers and Daughters, in Agonizing Triplicate by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Playwright Alice Birch looks at one of our closest, most fraught relationships, with a cast led by a haunting Carla Gugino The post Anatomy of a Suicide: Mothers and Daughters, in …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:45PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Commons: Hell Is Other People by Elysa Gardner

★★ In Lily Akerman's new play, three's a crowd and four is insufferable The post The Commons: Hell Is Other People appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:31PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Chekhov/Tolstoy Love Stories: From Russia with Languor by Elysa Gardner

★★ From Mint Theater, a strangely soporific pairing of plays based on stories by creative giants The post Chekhov/Tolstoy Love Stories: From Russia with Languor appeared first on New Yo…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Friday, February 7, 2020

House Plant: Humans Seeking Nourishment and Connection by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Sarah Einspanier's new play follows young searchers in the digital age The post House Plant: Humans Seeking Nourishment and Connection appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:01PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Medea: Another Woman on the Verge, and Past It by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale star in Simon Stone's harrowing tragedy, "after" the Euripides classic The post Medea: Another Woman on the Verge, and Past It appeared first on N…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:31PM
Monday, January 20, 2020

Emojiland: Once You Get Restarted by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A delightful new musical takes us behind the screen—of our smartphones. The post Emojiland: Once You Get Restarted appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:18AM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

BOOM: Talkin’ ‘Bout His Mom’s Generation by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Multi-tasking Canadian star and Gen Xer Rick Miller channels baby boomers and their icons, in words and music The post BOOM: Talkin’ ‘Bout His Mom’s Generation appeared first…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:31PM
Sunday, December 15, 2019

London Assurance: High Jinks Among the High-Born by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Irish Repertory Theatre, under Charlotte Moore's direction, revives the early-Victorian Era comedy by Dion Boucicault The post London Assurance: High Jinks Among the High-Born appe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Judgment Day: The Roar, and Lure, of the Crowd by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Ödön von Horváth's morally charged thriller gets a fresh adaptation (by Christpher Shinn) in a stunning new production The post Judgment Day: The Roar, and Lure, of the Cr…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 02:01PM

Meet the Kids Who’ll Make ‘Sing Street’ Rock by Elysa Gardner

One was in “Game of Thrones.” One is still in high school. They all act and play instruments. And in a new show they portray scrappy Dubliners creating a band.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 10:36AM
Monday, December 9, 2019

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: A Purgatory Where Women Lead, and Suffer by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright finds humor, despair and survival in a halfway house The post Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: A Purgatory Where Women Lead, and Suff…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Monday, November 25, 2019

A Bright Room Called Day: A Call to Action, Refreshed by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Tony Kushner's first play gets an update, and a stellar cast, in a new Public Theater production The post A Bright Room Called Day: A Call to Action, Refreshed appeared first on…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:50PM
Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Underlying Chris: The Circle of Life, Through a Rainbow of Lenses by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Playwright Will Eno and director Kenny Leon find meaning, and commonality, in life's little moments The post The Underlying Chris: The Circle of Life, Through a Rainbow of Lense…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:45PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Einstein’s Dreams: Love and Science Merge, with Relative Success by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A new musical (based on the novel) casts the iconic genius as a romantic lead The post Einstein’s Dreams: Love and Science Merge, with Relative Success appeared first on New Y…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:00PM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre