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Monday, December 18, 2023

How To Dance In Ohio by Elyse Trevers

When we become part of an audience, we bring more than our physical selves to the theater. We bring our experiences, our attitudes and even our prejudices. When I attended the matinee of “…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 04:40PM
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Hell’s Kitchen by Elyse Trevers

On the surface, Ali, the main character in the new show “Hell’s Kitchen” at The Public Theater directed by Michael Greif, is a typical 17 year old girl with an easily relatable problem…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 02:54PM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Mind Mangler:A Night of Tragic Illusion by Elyse Trevers

At the “Mind Mangler: A Night of Tragic Illusion,” I hoped to be amused as well as amazed. After all, the show at New World Stages is a Mischief Production, the group that produced “Th…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 03:05PM
Friday, November 24, 2023

Spamalot by Elyse Trevers

Even before we found our seats at the St James Theater, it was easy to gauge the emotions of the audience. Its mood was downright giddy. With so much tension and anger in the world today, ev…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 08:40AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

I Can Get It For You Wholesale by Elyse Trevers

It ‘s hard to enjoy a musical when you can’t root for the main character. Although he is attractive and good to his mother, Harry Bogen (well-played by Santino Fonana,) is an opportunist…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 07:50PM
Saturday, November 11, 2023

I Need That by Elyse Trevers

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and that adage has never proven as true as in Theresa Rebeck’s new play “I Need That” in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production at Amer…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:25AM
Friday, November 3, 2023

Here Lies Love by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman When I first saw “Here Lies Love” in 2013 at the Public Theater, I was one of several people who stood on the theater floor a…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 12:59PM
Friday, October 27, 2023

Swing State by Elyse Trevers

photo by Liz Lauren The title of Rebeca Gilman’s latest play, “Swing State,” suggests that it deals with politics. Although it is set in Wisconsin, which is a swing state, the differen…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 04:30PM
Thursday, October 19, 2023

All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain by Elyse Trevers

So much has been written about Shakespeare over the years that it’s a challenge to find a novel approach to discuss his work. Yet actor Patrick Page (“Hadestown,” “Spider-man Turn Of…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 10:37AM
Sunday, October 15, 2023

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy Getting married and becoming an American citizen are two events in Jaja’s life. However, “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding” by Jocelyn Bion is more universal than…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 05:15PM
Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Purlie Victorious : A Non-Confederate Romp through the Cotton Patch by Elyse Trevers

It’s been over 60 years since “Purlie Victorious” played on Broadway. Written by actor Ossie Davis and premiering in 1961, sadly the play feels as relevant as when it first opened. Def…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 10:17AM
Thursday, September 28, 2023

Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors by Elyse Trevers

The name Dracula always evokes iconic images of the fang-baring scary creature dressed in black. Think Bela Lugosi. Or the Count. Or even the incredibly sensual heartthrob portrayal by Frank…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 03:34PM
Monday, September 4, 2023

Pay The Writer by Elyse Trevers

The Off-Broadway show Pay The Writer at The Pershing Square Signature Center asks what it costs a writer to pursue his art. It focuses on Cyrus Holt (Ron Canada,) a celebrated author coming …

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:02AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Back To The Future : The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Hugo Glendinning Broadway tickets can be expensive, especially for musicals. But you really get your money’s worth when you attend “Back to the Future:The Musical.” It’s got…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 01:07PM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Shark is Broken by Elyse Trevers

It’s been almost 50 years since the release of the movie Jaws. Directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975, it was based on the 1974 novel by Peter Benchley and starred Roy Scheider as a police c…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 12:39PM
Monday, August 14, 2023

The Cottage by Elyse Trevers

photo by Joan Marcus If you don’t keep your eyes fixed on the stage at The Hayes Theater at all times during “The Cottage,” you are likely to miss some of the show’s most humorous mo…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:47AM
Monday, July 24, 2023

Once Upon A One More Time by Elyse Trevers

Once upon a time, children were raised on fairy tales where the beautiful princess waited to be rescued by the valiant handsome prince. Today those stories have been changed to reflect a dif…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 01:35PM
Thursday, July 13, 2023

Rock and Roll Man by Elyse Trevers

Ever heard of Alan Freed? If so, then you might enjoy Rock & Roll Man, the musical at New World Stages. Freed was the risk-taking disc jockey who coined the term “Rock and Roll” but …

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 04:08PM
Thursday, July 6, 2023

Days of Wine and Roses by Elyse Trevers

photo by Ahron R. Foster Based upon the 1962 movie starring Jack Lemon and Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses is now a musical at Atlantic Theater Company, starring the divine Kelli O’Hara…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 02:51PM
Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Primary Trust by Elyse Trevers

The world is so chaotic that sometimes all a viewer wants is a slice-of-life story with a happy ending. Primary Trust, the new play by Eboni Booth, a Roundabout Theatre Company production at…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 03:19PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Prima Facie by Elyse Trevers

By definition, the legal term prima facie means the first impression, accepted as correct until proven otherwise. The theatrical term Prima Facie refers to an exciting one-woman play starrin…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 12:59PM
Saturday, May 13, 2023

Shucked by Elyse Trevers

Despite its seemingly unsophisticated vibe, Shucked is an extremely polished, well-crafted musical. After all, the show is directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Full Monty, Porgy and Bess, …

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 08:41AM
Monday, May 1, 2023

New York, New York by Elyse Trevers

I am a native New Yorker, and I honestly love NYC. Although I know the city has its many flaws, I will defend it against all comers. Yet I cringed at the rosy ‘melting-pot’ version of th…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 05:31PM
Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Thanksgiving Play by Elyse Trevers

There’s a fine line between satire and silliness, and “The Thanksgiving Play” crosses that line too often. Playwright Larisa Fasthorse takes shots at well-meaning, naive white people t…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 07:46PM
Friday, April 28, 2023

Good Night, Oscar by Elyse Trevers

Sometimes performers are so good at their roles that they become forever identified with that part. For many, Sean Hayes will always be Jack on television’s “Will and Grace,” kooky, eg…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 02:43PM
Thursday, April 27, 2023

Sweeney Todd by Elyse Trevers

The last time I saw “Sweeney Todd,” it was as a barebones production of 10 performers, including Patty Lupone and Michael Cerveris. Each performer even played an instrument, and the show…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 06:44AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot by Elyse Trevers

I had such high hopes for the revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot at Lincoln Center Theater this season. The music was a known quantity- glorious, lush and romantic. The title song had b…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 06:59AM
Sunday, April 23, 2023

Peter Pan Goes Wrong by Elyse Trevers

Some of my favorite theater moments have come when something unexpectedly went wrong onstage. Alan Bates caught a picture falling off the wall and ad libbed about poor housekeeping. Faith Pr…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 10:08AM
Saturday, April 22, 2023

Life of Pi by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy The real stars of the show “Life of Pi” are puppets: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a 450 pound Royal Bengal tiger. Although animated by skilled puppeteers wh…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:21AM
Friday, April 7, 2023

Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’ by Elyse Trevers

photo by Julieta Cervantes Most musicals feature two or three impressive dance numbers, numbers that leave the audience breathless. However, often those dances are incidental to the story. T…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 12:34PM
Friday, March 31, 2023

Bad Cinderella by Elyse Trevers

photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman The good news about “Bad Cinderella,” the new musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel is that it’s not all that …

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:07AM

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