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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
Friday, April 21, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Thanksgiving Play" 4/20/23 by Howard Miller

Who owns history? Or more precisely, who gets to decide which aspects of history are moved to the front of the line and plastered with the title of "TRUTH"? A serious question that is taken …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:30AM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Peter Pan Goes Wrong" 4/19/23 by Howard Miller

What tickles your funny bone? Is it an evening of witty repartee and bon mots being tossed about with debonair aplomb? A bit of Noël Coward, perhaps, or the carefully structured comedy styl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:04AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Camelot" 4/13/23 by Howard Miller

Camelot, the 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical that is near and dear to the hearts of aficionados of Broadway's "Golden Age," has always been loved for its songs. This remains true to this day, …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:48AM
Thursday, April 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Fat Ham" 4/12/23 by Howard Miller

Fat Ham, James Ijames' fanciful Pulitzer Prize-winning riff on Hamlet that opened tonight at the American Airlines Theatre, takes a sad tale about bloody vengeance and reconfigures it into a…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:18AM
Friday, March 31, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Life of Pi" 3/30/23 by Howard Miller

Transforming a best-selling novel from page to stage is a risky affair. It takes a great deal of talent, imagination, and theatrical acumen to pull it off without getting bogged down in weig…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03AM
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" 3/26/23 by Howard Miller

I've got to confess that it is hard to erase the memory of a tuba-playing Patti LuPone from the stripped-down 2006 Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. But …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:12PM
Friday, March 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Bad Cinderella" 3/23/23 by Howard Miller

How best to describe Bad Cinderella, the new musical with a score by über-successful theatre composer and impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber that officially opened tonight at the Imperial Theat…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03AM
Sunday, March 19, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Bob Fosse's Dancin'" 3/19/23 by Howard Miller

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Parade" 3/16/23 by Howard Miller

What a difference four months makes! Back in November, the Alfred Uhry/Jason Robert Brown powerhouse 1998 musical Parade, about the kangaroo court trial and subsequent lynching of Leo Frank,…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:14PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Dear World" - 3/16/23 by Howard Miller

Hello, Encores! Well, hello, Encores! It's so nice to have you back where you belong. Back to your original mission, that is, somewhat lost in recent years, of producing brief runs of quickl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:27PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Harder They Come" - 3/15/23 by Howard Miller

The Harder They Come, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' adaptation of the reggae-infused 1972 Jamaican film of the same title, is rocking the Public Theater these days with its top-notch cast, an…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:53PM
Monday, March 13, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Coast Starlight" - 3/13/23 by Howard Miller

While watching playwright Keith Bunin's The Coast Starlight, opening tonight at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, I kept coming up with alternate titles: Strangers on a Train, Ship…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:26PM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Doll's House" 3/9/23 by Howard Miller

Doubtless, there never were a lot of chuckles to be found in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. But this latest Broadway production, opening tonight at the Hudson Theatre in an adaptation by pla…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:33PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Crumbs From the Table of Joy" - 3/7/23 by Howard Miller

Let us time travel, back nearly three decades to the year 1995. A 30-year-old native Brooklynite playwright who would later go on to win not one, but two Pulitzer Prizes, a MacArthur "Genius…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:21PM
Sunday, March 5, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Brainsmash" - 3/5/23 by Howard Miller

"Mann tracht, un Gott lacht," or so goes the Yiddish proverb. Man plans, and God laughs. That is the crux of Sophie Weisskoff's Brainsmash, a production of The Hearth opening today at 59E59 …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:46PM
Monday, February 27, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Elyria" - 2/27/22 by Howard Miller

Elyria, a new play by Deepa Purohit opening tonight at the Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater, is a sweeping and ambitious work, packed with enough ideas to fuel at least three d…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:12PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Cornelia Street" - 2/14/23 by Howard Miller

Sometimes it happens that you attend a play or musical and find that it suffers from a rickety script or uninspired score. Still, if you are lucky, there will be something about it that draw…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:01PM
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Pictures from Home" 2/9/23 by Howard Miller

Playwright Sharr White's Pictures From Home, opening tonight at Studio 54, is a masterful translation to the stage from Larry Sultan's photo memoir of the same title. It is funny when it nee…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:58PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Shedding Load" - 2/7/23 by Howard Miller

Patience is a virtue while attending a performance of Shedding Load, a Varsity Theatre Company production opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters. Written by Varsity's founder Jessica Owens, the 7…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:07PM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Colin Quinn: Small Talk" - 1/23/23 by Howard Miller

Colin Quinn is as mellow a stand-up comic as they come, a more genial, less cranky version of, say, Jerry Seinfeld, who directed Quinn's The New York Story at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2015…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:47PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Immortal Jellyfish Girl" - 1/18/23 by Howard Miller

The visual theater company known as Wakka Wakka prides itself on "pushing the bounds of the imagination" through the creation of works that are "bold, unique, and unpredictable." The Immorta…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:12PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences" - 1/17/23 by Howard Miller

Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences, a production of Big Telly Theatre Company opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters as part of Origin Theatre's 1st Irish Fe…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:11PM
Saturday, January 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Heaven" - 1/14/23 by Howard Miller

Parallel midlife crises fueled by booze and an assortment of other superego suppressants feed the literate, comic, poignant, splendidly performed and altogether engaging series of alternatin…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:15PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Collaboration" 12/20/22 by Howard Miller

Ah, the art of making art! That, in a nutshell, is the theme of Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration, a well-acted if thinly developed play, whose scheduled opening tonight at the Samuel J. …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:38AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: ">Between Riverside and Crazy" 12/19/22 by Howard Miller

Few can devise dialog as grippingly authentic as playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is able to do. It's as though he somehow breathes life into a set of characters, places them in some challeng…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:53AM

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