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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rview of Unorthodox at CurtainUpcom by Elyse Sommer

A new 4 part series with all the pluses of streaming as well as magic of live theater

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Curtaiup Streaming Features by Elyse Sommer

The top of our main page now features virus-relted updates and streaming features

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Review: The Perplexed at by Elyse Sommer

If Richsrd Grenberg intended this as a refreshing new take on the once popular drawing room comedies, especially those with the action revolving around …

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Review: My Name Is Lucy Bartonat by Elyse Sommer

Excerpt: Olive Strout's melancholy memoir adapted as a solo play with Laura Linney deftly narrating in the voice of both the mother and daughter whose brief reunion…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Review: Judgment Day at by Elyse Sommer

Descriptive Excerpt: A 1937 play that feels very much of the moment is given an operatic staging at the Park Avenue Armory

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review:Seared at by Elyse Sommer

: Theresa Rebeck's literslly tasty comic take on art versus commerce is having its New York premiere at the beutiful new MCC Thesters's intimate Susan & Ronald Frankel Th…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: Bella Bella at by Elyse Sommer

Harvey Fierstone's biographical solo play is filled to the brim with Bella Abzug's trenchant wit and wisdom. For older theater goers, it's a trip down memory lane…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: Linda Vista at by Elyse Sommer

: If the title were not already taken by a much produced French classic, Tracy Letts might well have called his play about a middle-aged guy who hates everything and…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: The Wrong Man at by Elyse Sommer

With the help of Hamilton.>'s director Thomas Kail and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, Ross Golan's almost two dozen story telling songs became the musical, The Wrong Man, now …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: The Height of the Storm at by Elyse Sommer

Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce manage to turn Florian Zeller's overly clever script into a truly unmissable point counterpoint duet.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: Sunday at by Elyse Sommer

Expectations for any play written by Jack Thorne. . .but the magic of Harry Potter is missing from his take on a book group that brings together a group of 20-something …

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: Fern Hill at by Elyse Sommer

Michael Tucker's dramedy adds up to a pleasant two hours, thanks to excellent actors

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Feature at BInge Streaming Part 2: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel & Shitsel by Elyse Sommer

Watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was a lot like going to see a hot ticket show on Broadway, while Shitselwas more like seeing something new and more low key Off-Broad…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Feature:How "Streaming" Eased the Summer of My Discontent at by Elyse Sommer

Overview of blockbuster streamers Madam Secretary and The Cro

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Review:Tootsie at by Elyse Sommer

To paraphrase Al Jolson's famous song, Toot, toot,Tootsie, hello!

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Review: Hadestown by Elyse Sommer

the most original new musical on Broadway takes us to hell and back to a soaring musical score. . .

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review:Hillary and Clinton at by Elyse Sommer

> ryclinton19.html">Hillary and Clinton - Laurie Metcalf is the chief reason to see Lucas Hath's imagined fly-on-the-wall peek at three scenes from a complicated marriage made e…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: Socrates at by Elyse Sommer

Justice,friendship, virtue,poetry,theater, death, democracy! Tim Blake Nelson takes us through a Socrates' wide ranging philosophical ponderings about the meaning of life within…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Oklahoma! at by Elyse Sommer

Daniel Fish's new look at the musical that launched the golden age of musicals. . .the ear hugging tunes are still there, but with a far less sunny interpretation. .

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review:Mrs. Murray's Menagerie at by Elyse Sommer

Ars Nova launches its moves to a new home with a new play devised by The Mad Ones

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Review:King Lear at by Elyse Sommer and Deirdre Donovan

this is indeed a not to be missed star turn by Jackson, with enough positive assets to overcome the directorial missteps.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review:The Cradle Will Rock at by Elyse Sommer

Marc Blitzstein's allegorical play with music revived by John Doyle at Classic Stage

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Review: The Lehman Trilogy at by Elyse Sommer

Three superb actors lead us through the journey of three immigrant brothers' from Bavaria to America, from store keepers to bankers, from "too big to fail" to failure

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: White Noise at by Elyse Sommer

Suzan-Lori Parks inventive new play, beautifully staged and performed at the Public Theater

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Friday, March 22, 2019 by Elyse Sommer

A golden oldie musical with a great cast, stunning choreography, and just enough tweaking to be in tune with our MeToo zeitgeist

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review:Juno and the Paycock at by Elyse Sommer

, , ,a moving and very timely highlight of the Irish Rep's Sean O'Casey season

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review:If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhf*cka at by Elyse Sommer

Another play about teens with self-image issues, this one set in a fictional Nigerian Village.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review:The Mother at by Elyse Sommer

Isabelle Huppert stars as the title character in this chapter of Florian Zeller's trilogy about mental illness, in this case dementia triggered by empty nest syndrome and anxiety ab…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Daddy at by Elyse Sommer

A deluxe production of a flawed play co-produced by the New Group and Vineyard Theatre, and starring Alan Cumming in the title role

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: The Cake at by Elyse Sommer

You may not agree with Debra Jo Rupp's refusal to bake a cake for a same sex wedding, but you'll enjoy the 90 minutes you spent with her at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: Sea Wall / A Life at by Elyse Sommer

Do 2 stellar actors, 2 successful playwrights, 2 thematically linked monologues add up to truly electic theatrical experience?

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