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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Jaja's African Hair Braiding" 10/3/23 by Howard Miller

A couple of years back, Ghanaian-American playwright Jocelyn Bioh led the post-pandemic reopening of the Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park with a delightful retelling of Shakespea…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:48PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Harmony" 11/13/23 by Howard Miller

"And your punishment is to remember everything!!" With these words unleashed on a rapt audience late in the evening, we are engulfed by the burden felt every day of his life by Josef Roman C…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Pal Joey" - 11/3/23 by Howard Miller

Imagine you are the proud owner of four lovely die cut jigsaw puzzles. Each puzzle consists of pieces that have been shaped using the same pattern. Carefully assembled, you will wind up with…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:55PM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "I Need That" 11/2/23 by Howard Miller

Theresa Rebeck's new play I Need That, opening tonight at the American Airlines Theatre, was created specifically as a vehicle for actor/comedian Danny DeVito and his daughter Lucy DeVito. N…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 02:45AM
Saturday, October 28, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "King of the Jews" - 10/28/23 by Howard Miller

Ask yourself, what would you do? What would you do if, like Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, you were "one frightened voice" trying just to get by in the face of the rising tide of Naziism in …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:11PM
Friday, October 27, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Arms and the Man" - 10/26/23 by Howard Miller

Gingold Theatrical Group's production of George Bernard Shaw's 1894 comedy Arms and the Man, opening tonight at Theatre Row, is light as a feather and delectable as a piece of chocolate crea…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:06AM
Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Daphne" - 10/23/23 by Howard Miller

A thrum of fear and dread saturates playwright Renae Simone Jarrett's cryptic new play Daphne, opening tonight at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. Indeed, the play could be said to be al…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:41AM
Friday, October 20, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Chasing Happy" - 10/19/23 by Howard Miller

Playwright Michel Wallerstein's Chasing Happy, a production of Pulse Theatre opening tonight at Theatre Row, is a well-acted if wobbly plotted comedy about a love triangle among three gay me…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:58AM
Friday, October 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Gutenberg! The Musical!" 10/12/23 by Howard Miller

Silly meets heart-warming affection in Gutenberg! The Musical!, opening tonight at the James Earl Jones Theatre. It stars Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, real-life pals ever since they worked …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:11AM
Friday, September 29, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Melissa Etheridge: My Window" 9/28/23 by Howard Miller

There's no telling how many fans of the raspy-voiced, label-defying, pop/rock/folk-rock/country-rock/indie-rock singer Melissa Etheridge are flocking to the Circle in the Square Theatre, whe…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:22AM
Thursday, September 28, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch" 9/27/23 by Howard Miller

Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch, Ossie Davis's 1961 satirical play about Jim Crow racism, opens tonight at the Music Box Theatre in a long-overdue first-ev…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:28AM
Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Infinite Life" - 9/12/23 by Howard Miller

Playwright Annie Baker is the ultimate eavesdropper, a seeming fly on the wall, able to capture with meticulousness the voices of ordinary people, examine them under a microscope, and distil…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:19AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Tempest" - 8/30/23 by Howard Miller

There are few theatergoing pleasures that can compare with the joy of attending a performance at the Public Theater's open-air Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park. It's especially t…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:36PM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Shark Is Broken" 8/10/23 by Howard Miller

"We want Bruce! We want Bruce! We want Bruce!" So shouted the audience-in-my-head at frequent intervals during the 95-minute talking version of a tribute band that is The Shark Is Broken, op…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:09PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Back to the Future" 8/3/23 by Howard Miller

No question but that the musical adaptation of Back to the Future, opening tonight at the Winter Garden Theatre and directed to a turn by John Rando, is a genuine star-studded extravaganza t…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:01PM
Monday, July 31, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Let's Call Her Patty" - 7/31/23 by Howard Miller

Zarina Shea's Let's Call Her Patty, opening tonight at the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, is a thin wisp of a play, a miscellany of memories about a woman, the narrator's aunt, who es…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:38PM
Monday, July 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Cottage" 7/24/23 by Howard Miller

Sandy Rustin's The Cottage, opening tonight at the Hayes Theater, is a farcical take on a Noöl Coward drawing-room comedy, but one that seemingly has been paired with party games like Truth…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:10PM
Saturday, July 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Unentitled" - 7/22/23 by Howard Miller

Will blood turn out to be thicker than the waters that lap along a valuable Long Island beachfront property? That's the question raised in Charles White's Unentitled, a Negro Ensemble Compan…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:06PM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Here Lies Love" 7/20/23 by Howard Miller

It's been a decade since the disco/pop musical Here Lies Love, based on the rise and fall of former Philippines politico Imelda Marcos, made its highly successful New York debut at the Publi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:04PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Flex" - 7/20/23 by Howard Miller

There's a lot of talk about basketball in Candrice Jones' Flex, opening tonight at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. If you are not well versed in the specifics of the sport, …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:02PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Prejudice and Pride" - 7/20/23 by Howard Miller

59E59 Theaters is having a bit of a Jane Austen season this summer. A few weeks ago, it played host to the solo show Being Mr. Wickham about a ne'er-do-well character from "Pride and Prejudi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:21PM
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Hamlet" - 6/28/23 by Howard Miller

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." OK. Wrong play, but right playwright, and very applicable to the Kenny Leon-helmed Public Theater production of Shakespeare's…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03AM
Monday, June 26, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Just for Us" 6/26/23 by Howard Miller

If you read the "Author's Note" in the Playbill for comic Alex Edelman's solo show Just for Us, opening tonight at the Hudson Theatre, you will see in writing some of what you will see on st…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:06PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Once Upon a One More Time" 6/22/23 by Howard Miller

Behold a recipe for Broadway Surprise Cake. Start with a distillation of Into the Woods. Incorporate two heaping tablespoons of Six. Add a generous dash of & Juliet and another of Wicked. Bl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:17PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Light in the Piazza" - 6/22/23 by Howard Miller

Composer/lyricist Adam Guettel is not exactly known for writing hum-mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-mable melodies, but that doesn't mean he doesn't write beautiful, emotionally gripping musical numbers t…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:24PM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Days of Wine and Roses" - 6/5/23 by Howard Miller

A dream of "sammen i himmelen" (together in heaven) turns into "sammen i helvete" (together in hell) for two alcoholics who bring out the best and the worst in each other in Days of Wine and…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:05PM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Grey House" 6/1/23 by Howard Miller

There are lots of appropriate adjectives to describe Levi Holloway's ghostly play Grey House, opening tonight at the Lyceum Theatre. Among these are "eerie," "mysterious," and sometimes even…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:12PM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Gas" - 5/25/23 by Howard Miller

As a playwright, Charles Cissel is an experimentalist, more concerned with digging deeply into what lies underneath the surface than with using conventional storytelling techniques. He is li…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:24PM
Friday, May 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" 5/5/23 by Howard Miller

An offhand wisecrack reference to filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's movie Rashomon in Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window might serve well to explain the many different possib…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:47AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Summer, 1976" 4/25/23 by Howard Miller

Playwright David Auburn's narrative two-hander Summer, 1976, opening tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, boasts a pair of supremely gifted actresses who are quite adroit at getting us…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:07PM
Saturday, April 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Breathless" - 4/22/23 by Howard Miller

The 2023 Brits Off Broadway Festival kicks off at 59E59 Theaters with the Theatre Royal Plymouth production of Breathless, playwright Laura Horton's tale of compulsion and anxiety that shine…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:35PM

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
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards