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Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Lehman Trilogy by Elyse Trevers

On September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. It was the climax of the subprime mortgage crisis, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, involving more than US $600 bi…

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues by Elyse Trevers

Ruben Santiago-Hudson was raised by his grandmother. So he did what any talented theater person would do-he wrote a play about her! “Lackawanna Blues” is Santiago-Hudson’s paean to his…

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Six The Musical by Elyse Trevers

To many,“Six the Musical” was the show that was mere hours away from opening night when Broadway shut down in March 2020. A smash hit in London’s West End, the show had already created…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Pass Over by Elyse Trevers

Language plays a significant role in “Pass Over,” the play by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, whether through repetition, ambiguity or cultural references. It begins with the title referring…

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Monday, July 26, 2021

King Lear by Elyse Trevers

“I don’t remember Christopher Lloyd,” said the woman sitting behind us in the outdoor theater. “Jim from the TV show Taxi,” we reminded her. “Oh, the crazy one.” For some, Lloy…

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) by Elyse Trevers

It almost felt normal. Although we had to wear masks to enter the theater and show proof of vaccination to get our seats, we were actually in an Off-Broadway theater sitting next to other pa…

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A Letter To Harvey Milk by Elyse Trevers

In the 1970’s, Harvey Milk, a gay charismatic politican, was assassinated for being openly homosexual. Using him as a pivotal character, Jerry James, Laura I. Kramer, Ellen M. Schwartz, an…

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

John Cullum: An Accidental Star by Elyse Trevers

Full disclaimer: I am a John Cullum fan, so when I read that he was doing a one-man show tracing his long career, I looked forward to it. Filmed earlier this year and recorded with pianist J…

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Review: The Year of Magical Thinking by Elyse Trevers

In her landmark book On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross details the five stages of grief. Approaching it on a personal level in The Year of Magical Thinking, writer Joan Didion shares…

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Monday, March 15, 2021

NY PopsUp! Theater coming back to New York in April by Elyse Trevers

It has been over a year since Broadway theaters shut down, putting tens of thousands of people out of work. As more people are getting vaccinated and restaurants, gyms and bars are increasin…

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Estella Scrooge “A Christmas Carol with a Twist” by Elyse Trevers

Everything old can be new again with creativity. The question is how to make the traditional relevant and, more importantly, how to attract paying viewers. John Caird and Paul Gordon collabo…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Dracula by Elyse Trevers

It was a different kind of Halloween this year-no New York’s Village Halloween Parade, no house parties, not even a lot of trick or-treaters. Many houses posted signs saying “no candy, s…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

American Dreams by Elyse Trevers

  One of the controversial campaign issues this election year is immigration and the Zoom show “American Dreams” deals with the thorny issue head on. By participating in a game show, th…

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Review: The Line by Elyse Trevers

  I challenge you to watch The Line, streaming on The Public Theater site or YouTube, without being emotionally moved. Presented in the documentary style they used so successfully with Exon…

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Homebound Project- No Kid Hungry by Elyse Trevers

The statistics are staggering and heartbreaking. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 out of 7 children was food-deprived. Now it is estimated that 1 out of 4 children is going hungry. With schoo…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Performers and Crew are Helping Out in the Fight against Covid19 by Elyse Trevers

What do you do when the show you are working on goes on hiatus and you are self-quarantined? If you are a member of a theater union like Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE or United S…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Review: The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Elyse Trevers

Nothing can defeat the spunky Molly Brown – not poverty, hunger, illiteracy or even a sinking ship. She reminds us of her feisty spirit when she sings “till I leave the rear / It’s fro…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: Grand Horizons by Elyse Trevers

Even seemingly well-adjusted families can be messy. In the new play “Grand Horizons,” by Bess Wohl (“Small Mouths,” “Make Believe,”) a retired librarian, Nancy (the wonderful Jan…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Review: Romeo and Bernadette by Elyse Trevers

Romeo lives! At the end of the famous tragedy by Shakespeare, the young hero drinks poison and dies, but in “Romeo and Bernadette,“ the original Off-Broadway musical, an Amas Musical Th…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

A slate of great kids entertainment coming to Madison Square Garden by Elyse Trevers

  A simple railroad or subway ride leads you right to Madison Square Garden for top-notch children’s entertainment. Shows are varied with appeal to youngsters and, often, even their paren…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Review: The Thin Place by Elyse Trevers

I am intrigued by mentalists and mediums and always excited about a play that uses spiritualism as its theme. Even more so when the playwright is Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2, and H…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Review: Seared by Elyse Trevers

It opens in a whirlwind of activity. The chef chops, minces, slices and dices, rushing between stove and counter. He throws in spices, tastes, then adds sauces, all to the jazz playing in th…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: Slava’s Snowshow by Elyse Trevers

It’s easy to understand why some people suffer from Coulrophobia (fear of clowns) especially when their clown faces are hidden under greasepaint, false noses and perpetually dour expressio…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Review: The Rose Tattoo with Marisa Tomei by Elyse Trevers

Ironically, Tennessee Williams, a gay playwright, wrote some of the most iconic roles for women in theater. He created parts such as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Maggie in A Cat on A…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Review: Cyrano by Elyse Trevers

Is there life after Game of Thrones?  At the end of the popular long-running HBO mega-series, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was named the Hand of the King to Bran.  Then the show ended, so where…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review: Little Shop of Horrors by Elyse Trevers

Long before puppets became common in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, (“Avenue Q,” “Hand of God,” “King Kong”) there was Audrey II, the star of “Little Shop of Horrors.” In a…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Review: The Pout-Pout Fish by Elyse Trevers

Want to keep your kids away from screens?  Take them to the theater; it’s never too early! Often the best introduction the theater is something familiar, a show based upon a favorite book…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: Fern Hill by Elyse Trevers

Some plays are age specific and attract a certain demographic. “Fern Hill,” written by actor-playwright Michael Tucker (L.A. Law,) deals with three couples who are long-time friends. The…

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Review: Tech Support by Elyse Trevers

Writers have long been fascinated with time travel. Characters go back in time to try to change things (“Back To The Future.”) and sometimes even meet famous people. Sometimes they go fo…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review: Bat Out Of Hell The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Good quality ice cream doesn’t need a lot of stuff – whipped cream, sprinkles, syrup and a cherry on top. Just enjoy the pure flavor of chocolate or vanilla. The same can be said of Broa…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

#DateMe: An OK Cupid Experiment by Elyse Trevers

Despite being married, I am familiar with online dating sites. I’ve helped one single friend scroll through her options, another create profiles (she fibbed about her age,) and a third alp…

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