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Thursday, October 18, 2018

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The Lifespan of a Fact, a funny, thought-provoking, and exceedingly well performed "comedy of conflict" opening tonight at Studio 54 . . . .

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MOTHER OF THE MAID - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

No one will ever love you like your mom, not even if you are a saint-in-training.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

APOLOGIA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Let us heap accolades upon Stockard Channing, who finds a pulse and thrillingly breathes life into Alexi Kaye Campbell's Apologia, a somewhat squishy play opening tonight at the Laura Pels T…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

GOODBODY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

There is definitely no honor among thieves in J. C. Ernst's Goodbody, a pitch dark comedy about a quartet of double-crossing thugs opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Pay close attention as Mare Winningham sings Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" at the end of Act I of the bleak and stunning Girl from the North Country, opening tonight at the Public Theat…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Emily Dickinson, the near-reclusive nineteenth century American poet, is the focus of Because I Could Not Stop, the Ensemble for the Romantic Century's latest and, to my mind, the most effec…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BERNHARDT/HAMLET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Janet McTeer is luminous as Sarah Bernhardt, the reigning queen of 19th century French theater, in Theresa Rebeck's Bernhardt/Hamlet, opening tonight at the American Airlines Theatre.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

THE TRUE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Sharr White's The True, opening tonight at the Pershing Square Signature Center in a production by The New Group, is an old-fashioned political potboiler that manages to rise abov…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

AGNES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Until recently, playwright Catya McMullen's biggest claim to fame was winning the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in 2012 for her two-character work Missed Connections.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

SEPARATE AND EQUAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The septic wound of legally sanctioned racial segregation in the U.S. remains very much a living memory for anyone who was around prior to its painfully slow dissolution starting in the mid-…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Pianist, composer, and theatrical storyteller Hershey Felder has carved out a specialized niche for himself with his staged presentations about musical masters, from classicists Frédéric C…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Imagine for a moment what some adventurous and creative theater team might come up with based on a story idea about a sex worker and a very wealthy man who upend one another's lives.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

You know what might be fun? How about a Broadway Battle of the Bands pitting the kids from School of Rock against the hapless middle-aged suburban Jersey guys in Gettin' the Band Back Togeth…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

HEAD OVER HEELS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

For good or for ill, we may just be witnessing the next phase in the evolution of the American musical ...

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DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Love and courage, pride and hope suffuse the stellar Encores! Off-Center production of Micki Grant's Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope at New York City Center.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Shh. Listen. Pay attention to everything, from the exceedingly loud rap music that permeates the theater as you enter and take your seat, to the two seemingly peripheral characters known as …

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Monday, July 16, 2018

FIRE IN DREAMLAND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A promise to a dying parent and an unfortunate propensity for latching onto other people’s dreams has led a woman down a series of blind alleys in search of her own life’s passion.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

MARY PAGE MARLOWE - Talkin' Boadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Tracy Letts's Mary Page Marlowe, opening tonight at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater, caroms every which way through and around the course of the lifetime of its title character.…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A musical with no plot? No dialog? No actual characters? With only a thread of a theme to hold things together? Really?

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Monday, June 25, 2018

CYPRUS AVENUE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If ever a play should come with a heads-up trigger warning for potential audiences, it is David Ireland's devastating Cypress Avenue, opening tonight in a gut-wrenching presentation at the P…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TEENAGE DICK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Is it better to be loved or feared?

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Monday, June 18, 2018

OTHELLO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings some of our current understandings regarding race and gender to the Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Othello at the Delacorte Theater in Cen…

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PASS OVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

As the American public-at-large begins (hopefully) at long last to understand the embedded and pervasive racism that is a part of the warp and woof of the fabric of our history, past and pre…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

LITTLE ROCK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Trust the kids. It's their story. Get out of the way and let them tell it.

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ALL I WANT IS ONE NIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

France's iconic chanteuse, the famous "little sparrow" Édith Piaf, was renowned for facing a life beset with endless blows and challenges with a determined proclamation of defiance: "Non, J…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

THE BOYS IN THE BAND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The big question hovering over the 50th anniversary production of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band, opening tonight at the Booth Theatre, is whether it will seem terri…

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TCHAIKOVSKY: NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are familiar with Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, you will already know that in nineteenth century Russia they wrote letters.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

PEACE FOR MARY FRANCES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It is both significant and problematic that Lily Thorne was a documentary film producer for many years before penning Peace for Mary Frances, her debut play having its premiere in a producti…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TREMOR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Tremor, an hour-long two-character play by Brad Birch, opening tonight as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters, starts off promisingly with an air of mystery and tension…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

OPERATION CRUCIBLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"Bang, Bang, Turn, Brush." These are the sounds of the close-knit coordination and cooperation that are absolutely necessary when you are part of a team tasked at shaping hellishly hot metal…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

PARADISE BLUE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Dominique Morisseau's Paradise Blue, which opened tonight at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is a dazzling fireworks display of a play about an African American neighborhood in a corne…

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