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Monday, March 13, 2023

The Coast Starlight: Strangers on a Train by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Keith Bunin's play revolves around six passengers who imagine what they might have said to each other The post The Coast Starlight: Strangers on a Train appeared first on New…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:55PM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

A Doll’s House: Ibsen Made Too Trendy for Words by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Jessica Chastain stars in Jamie Lloyd's minimalist staging, resembling an actors' exercise, of Ibsen's classic. The post A Doll’s House: Ibsen Made Too Trendy for Words ap…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:24PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Seagull/Woodstock, NY: The Chekhov Updating You Didn’t Need by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Parker Posey heads the cast of Thomas Bradshaw's cheaply vulgar modern-day adaptation of Chekhov's classic. The post The Seagull/Woodstock, NY: The Chekhov Updating You Didn…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:27PM
Monday, February 27, 2023

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window: Lorraine Hansberry’s Largely Forgotten Play Shows Signs of Life by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan star in Anne Kauffman's revival of this long-neglected work by the author of "A Raisin in the Sun." The post The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:56PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Cornelia Street: Not Yet a Destination Musical by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Norbert Leo Butz and Mary Beth Peil are featured in this new musical written by Simon Stephens and scored by American Music Club's Mark Eitzel. The post Cornelia Street: Not…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:59PM
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Pictures from Home: A Fuzzy Photograph-Themed Memory Play by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Nathan Lane, Zoe Wanamaker and Danny Burstein star in Sharr White's dramedy based on Larry Sultan's photo memoir. The post Pictures from Home: A Fuzzy Photograph-Themed Memo…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Without You: A Musical Memoir of Loss by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Original "Rent" star Anthony Rapp delivers a musical evening based on his best-selling memoir. The post Without You: A Musical Memoir of Loss appeared first on New York Stag…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:58PM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Colin Quinn Small Talk: Anything But by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ The comedian's latest solo show revolves around the idea that small talk is the glue that holds society together. The post Colin Quinn Small Talk: Anything But appeared firs…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:30PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

The Collaboration: Warhol and Basquiat, a Bit on the Animatronic Side by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope deliver riveting performances as the iconic artists in the latest historical drama by Anthony McCarten. The post The Collaboration: Warhol and B…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:58PM
Friday, December 16, 2022

Des Moines: Kitchen Sink Naturalism, Turned on Its Head by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ A superb ensemble brings Denis Johnson's strange, unsettling play to comic life. The post Des Moines: Kitchen Sink Naturalism, Turned on Its Head appeared first on New York …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

Some Like It Hot: Old-Fashioned Musical Comedy, to a Fault by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, and Adrianna Hicks star in this new Broadway musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's classic 1959 film comedy. The post Some Like It Hot: Old…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:52PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

A Beautiful Noise: Neil Diamond on the Couch by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Will Swenson and Mark Jacoby play the younger and the older versions of the pop star recalling his life through his songs in this jukebox musical. The post A Beautiful Noise…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:22PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

KPOP: The Musical About the Korean Pop Music Phenomenon Doesn’t Translate Well to Broadway. by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ The acclaimed Off-Broadway production feels glossier but slighter in its new incarnation. The post KPOP: The Musical About the Korean Pop Music Phenomenon Doesn’t Translat…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:54PM
Monday, November 21, 2022

A Christmas Carol: Jefferson Mays Plays Scrooge, and Everyone Else. by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Mays delivers a tour-de-force performance in this theatrically dazzling one-person version of Dickens' holiday classic. The post A Christmas Carol: Jefferson Mays Plays Scro…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:24PM
Sunday, November 20, 2022

Sandra: A Mystery Tale, Delivered in Storytelling Fashion by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Marjan Neshat stars in David Cale's one-person play about a woman who goes to Mexico in search of her missing friend. The post Sandra: A Mystery Tale, Delivered in Storytell…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:02PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

& Juliet: Shakespeare Reimagined with Earworm-Heavy Pop Hits by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ This Broadway musical featuring dozens of pop hits from the catalogue of songwriter/producer Max Martin imagines what might have happened if Juliet didn't die. The post &…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:24PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Walking with Ghosts: Gabriel Byrne Goes Down a Dark Memory Lane by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ The Irish actor delivers an autobiographical solo show based on his acclaimed memoir. The post Walking with Ghosts: Gabriel Byrne Goes Down a Dark Memory Lane appeared first…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:53PM
Sunday, October 16, 2022

My Window — A Journey Through Life: Melissa Etheridge’s Solo Autobiographical Musical Show by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop star performs an evening of storytelling and music. The post My Window — A Journey Through Life: Melissa Etheridge’s Solo Autobiographic…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Piano Lesson: A Star-Studded Revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington star in this uneven production directed by LaTanya Richardson. The post The Piano Lesson: A Star-Studded Reviva…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:25PM

Everything’s Fine: Douglas McGrath’s Tonally Problematic One-Man Play by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ The Oscar-nominated screenwriter and playwright relates his experiences growing up in rural Texas in this autobiographical solo piece directed by John Lithgow. The post Every…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:55PM
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller’s Classic Drama, Needlessly Embellished. by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke deliver superb lead performances in this overly gimmicky production. The post Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller’s Classic Drama, Needl…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:55PM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Cost of Living: Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama makes its Broadway debut. by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan superbly repeat their roles from the 2017 Off-Broadway production, while newcomers Kara Young and David Zayas prove equally affecting. The p…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:53PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

Between the Lines: Targeting That “Wicked” Audience by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ A troubled teenage girl finds live with a fairy tale prince come to life in this musical based on the YA novel by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer. The post Between the Li…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Epiphany: You Won’t Have One by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Joyce meets Godot in Brian Watkins' play about a dinner party on a snowy wintry evening. The post Epiphany: You Won’t Have One appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Corsicana: Heartache and Yearning in Texas by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Four troubled lives intersect in the new drama by Will Arbery, author of "Heroes of the Fourth Turning." The post Corsicana: Heartache and Yearning in Texas appeared first o…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:29PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Bedwetter: Laughs Flow in This Musical Comedy by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Comedian/actress Sarah Silverman co-wrote the book and lyrics for this new musical based on her best-selling memoir. The post The Bedwetter: Laughs Flow in This Musical Come…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Golden Shield: Foiled by Its Own Ambitions by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Anchuli Felicia King's drama deals with corporate, legal and international intrigue. The post Golden Shield: Foiled by Its Own Ambitions appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:01PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

A Case for the Existence of God: Intimate Drama Packing a Powerful Punch by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Two very different men form an unlikely bond in Samuel D. Hunter's deeply humanistic new play. The post A Case for the Existence of God: Intimate Drama Packing a Powerful Pu…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Mr. Saturday Night: Broadway Musical, Borscht Belt Style by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Billy Crystal co-wrote and stars in the new musical adaptation of his 1992 film, featuring a score by Jason Robert Brown and Amanda Green The post Mr. Saturday Night: Broadwa…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:52PM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hangmen: Gallows Humor, Literally by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ David Threlfall and Alfie Allen appear in the Broadway premiere of Martin McDonagh's darkly funny, Olivier Award-winning play The post Hangmen: Gallows Humor, Literally appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:23PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Minutes: Daring in Both Style and Substance by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Tracy Letts' imperfect but provocative new play uses a small town city council meeting to explore big ideas. The post The Minutes: Daring in Both Style and Substance appeared…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:55PM

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