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Saturday, February 18, 2023

The Wanderers by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus Historically, the Jewish people have been wanderers, always in search of a homeland. They moved from place to place seeking somewhere to put down roots. Never totally we…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

A Beautiful Noise by Elyse Trevers

Photos by Julieta Cervantes Today most celebrities are on social media, so everything they do is shared with the public. It was quite different years ago when celebrities like Neil Diamond p…

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Colin Quinn: Small Talk by Elyse Trevers

Photo Credit Monique Carboni I love comedians who are skilled at wordplay. Some relate stories; others deliver one liners, generally without the gratuitous use of foul language. They make yo…

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Anthony Rapp’s Without You by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Russ Rowland The theme that runs through Anthony Rapp’s one man show at the New World Stages is loss. Known for originating the role of Mark the videographer in “Rent,” Rapp w…

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Friday, January 13, 2023

The Collaboration by Elyse Trevers

photo by Jeremy Daniel Andy Warhol is as famous for his iconic look as for his silkscreen paintings such as Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Diptych and his experimental films. Before seei…

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Monday, January 9, 2023

Merrily We Roll Along by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus It’s hard to imagine a show by Stephen Sondheim that wasn’t an immediate hit; yet “Merrily We Roll Along,” first produced in 1981, left the critics and audiences…

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Between Riverside and Crazy by Elyse Trevers

Sometimes one performer in a small cast stands out among the rest. That’s one of the problems with the revival of “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the 2015 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by…

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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Ohio State Murders by Elyse Trevers

Those who adore Audra McDonald for her magnificent singing voice often forget what a fine actress she is. The six-time Tony Award winner once again puts her talents on display in Adrienne Ke…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Some Like It Hot by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy How would you define an old-fashioned musical? Maybe a show with non-stop singing and dancing, storylines that we accept even when implausible, a love story or two an…

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Ain’t No Mo’ by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus The day before I attended “Ain’t No Mo’,” a new comedy by Jordan E. Cooper, the show posted a closing notice for December 18. It is a unique satirical show that …

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Monday, December 5, 2022

A Man of No Importance by Elyse Trevers

photo by Julieta Cervantes Alfie is a quiet, ordinary man who is a ticket-taker on a bus during the day, but by evening he is the director of the players at St Imelda’s Church. The power o…

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

& Juliet by Elyse Trevers

At the end of Shakespeare’s classic play, “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet awakens to realize that Romeo is dead. Heartbroken, she commits suicide. What if she didn’t kill herself? What if…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Kimberly Akimbo by Elyse Trevers

“Kimberly Akimbo” opens with Kimberly approaching her 16th birthday; and nearing the end of her life expectancy. She is a special teenage girl who suffers from a rare condition that caus…

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Monday, November 14, 2022

The Old Man and The Pool by Elyse Trevers

photo by Emilio Madrid Cancer, type two diabetes, death. Hardly the fodder for comedy – Yet In the hands of Mike Birbiglia, this serious subject matter becomes hysterical in his latest one…

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Almost Famous: The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Photo-by-Matthew-Murphy A show about rock music should be loud. So loud that you feel the music going through you! When the cast of “Almost Famous: The Musical ” took the stage and perfo…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson by Elyse Trevers

photo-by-Julieta-Cervantes The true star of the revival of “August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson” isn’t Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks or John David Washington. Although the three ac…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Topdog, Underdog by Elyse Trevers

photo by Marc J. Franklin “Keep your eyes on the cards,” instructs the young man on stage as he shifts three playing cards around on a makeshift stand. It’s not so easy as we get lulle…

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Death of a Salesman by Elyse Trevers

The word revival suggests a renewal or improvement of something. So each time there’s a Broadway revival, the director tries to change something to encourage ticket sales. The recent hit �…

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Friday, October 14, 2022

Leopoldstadt by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus In his most personal work yet, playwright Tom Stoppard tells the story of the Merz family. Somewhat autobiographical, “Leopoldstadt” begins with a tableau of an exte…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Cost of Living by Elyse Trevers

photo credit @ Jeremy Daniel The play “Cost of Living” by Martyna Majok will touch your heart and resonate in your consciousness long after you’ve left the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. …

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Kinky Boots by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matt Murphy / @murphymade When a show moves from a big Broadway stage to an off-Broadway venue, something’s gotta give. Whether it’s the staging, the size of the cast, or the nu…

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Monday, August 22, 2022

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Aaron Cobb Do you believe that a person can be hypnotized? How about 20 people at the same time on a stage in front of an audience? As long as you believe or, at least, accept the p…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Butcher Boy by Elyse Trevers

Often a visit to the theater can be an opportunity for discovery. That’s what happened when I attended a performance of The Butcher Boy at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The musical, based u…

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Between the Lines by Elyse Trevers

Despite its charms, and there are many, the new musical “BetweenThe Lines” at the Tony Kiser Theater is a show in search of a target audience. Based upon a young adult novel by best-sell…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

The Kite Runner by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus Adapting a beloved bestselling book into a Broadway show is not without its challenges. While the show has name recognition and is sure to attract loyal readers, it also…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Into The Woods by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matt Murphy Sometimes those of us not easily impressed can be impressed. So it is with Into The Woods, now at the St. James Theater. The revival marks a return to the original, foll…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Richard III by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Joan Marcus Free Shakespeare in the Park is quintessential New York. If you are lucky enough to score the free tickets and it’s a gorgeous evening, theater doesn’t get any bette…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Fat Ham by Elyse Trevers

What? Another show about a moody, overweight, young Black man with family issues? Like “A Strange Loop,” “Fat Ham” hasan endearing young main character. But “Fat Ham” delivers mu…

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Orchard by Elyse Trevers

Classics remain classics because they speak to us-no matter when they were written or where they are set. In a newly-imagined version of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” a family remain…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Macbeth by Elyse Trevers

by Joan Marcus There’s something to be said for star power filling theater seats. Despite some tepid reviews for the latest version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the Longacre Theatre was fil…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mr. Saturday Night by Elyse Trevers

Mr. Saturday Night I’m a staunch Billy Crystal fan, and judging from the audience’s reaction at the Nederlander Theatre the other night, I’m not alone. I love Crystal’s quick wit, ea…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater