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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Shareholder Value by Jk Clarke

          By Tania Fisher   Now playing at The Theater for the New City, Shareholder Value is set against the backdrop of the fiscal crisis of 2008, and is loosely based on the debacle…

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Charlie’s Waiting by Jk Clarke

          by Carol Di Tosti   Happiness is a sleight of mind. When it is founded on lies, duplicities and secrets, it will never last, even though one may desperately cling to its illu…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Crucible or Patchwork Quilt?—What the Constitution Means to Me by Jk Clarke

            by Samuel L. Leiter   A few months ago, I asked my friend Richard, house manager of Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theater, what was next on the venue’s agenda. When he an…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Ain’t No Mo’ by Jk Clarke

        by Carol Rocamora   Everything about Peaches is shocking—from the pink color of her big hair to her shiny pink alligator suit to the stream of profanities that spew from her m…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock by Jk Clarke

          By Joseph Pisano   Despite an initial Broadway run that was, to say the least, severely abridged, few theatrical works have as culturally schismatic a performance history as …

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

In Shakespeare’s Shadow – The White Devil by Jk Clarke

        By Samuel L. Leiter   Off-Broadway’s Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, artistic director) loves to take risks by staging infrequently seen, even obscure classics (okay, their up…

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Sondheim: Wordplay at the 92nd Street Y by Jk Clarke

          By Ron Fassler   Sondheim: Wordplay at the Kaufmann Concert Hall on Saturday night was genuine truth in advertising. For surely there has been no Broadway lyricist who has pl…

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Julius Caesar – Theatre for a New Audience by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   It can be argued that William Shakespeare’s much loved Roman Republic play Julius Caesar is actually two plays in one: the first half being a tragedy very much …

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Friday, March 29, 2019

A Weekend in the Country – Life Sucks by Jk Clarke

        By Myra Chanin   The abundant twists and turns in most narrative arcs ultimately boil down to a series of themes. For example, there’s “boy meets girl,” as in Cinderella; …

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The Lehman Trilogy by Jk Clarke

        It’s a massive epic, and what masterful stagecraft is marshaled to tell it!     by Carol Rocamora   The Lehman Trilogy, the astonishing new play at the Park Avenue Armory, c…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Remember the Jews of Vilna by Jk Clarke

          By Myra Chanin   I am enraged, infuriated, maddened by the use of phrases like “The Holocaust” or “The Shoah”—politically correct, less disturbing words which attem…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Broadway With the Callaways by Jk Clarke

      By Ron Fassler   Those swinging, singing sisters, Liz and Ann, in their new concert show, Broadway with the Callaways (at the Sony Concert Hall), brought screams of cheers to the t…

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Sex and the Single Girl: Fleabag by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   I’ve been to the Soho Playhouse many times but never have I seen such a crowd of well-dressed, excitedly buzzing theatergoers standing outside on Vandam …

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May(Not)Flower – Strangers in the World by Jk Clarke

            by JK Clarke   The 1620 voyage by members of the Separatists (a Puritan sect) on the Mayflower to what is now New England was one of the most daring ventures ever. The tra…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Daniel Abrahamson’s First Date by Jk Clarke

          by Sheila Watko   With the talent of a seasoned Broadway composer and the optimistic charm of an artist making it in New York City, Toronto-based composer and lyricist Daniel…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

No Laughing Matter: A Jewish Joke by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   There are a lot of Jewish jokes in A Jewish Joke, Marni Freedman and Phil Johnson’s not-up-to-expectations solo play, in which Johnson portrays a come…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Be More Chill – Opening Night Photos by Jk Clarke

      Sunday, March 10 saw the Opening Night of the Broadway Musical Be More Chill at The Lyceum Theatre, followed by a grand after party at Gotham Hall. The story of teens coping with po…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Marys Seacole by Jk Clarke

        by Carol Rocamora   It’s a wild ride, so fasten your seat belts. Marys Seacole, now playing at Lincoln Center’s tiny Claire Tow Theater, will alternately shock you, bewilder…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Mars Attracts: Spaceman by Jk Clarke

        In Space, everyone can hear Molly scream.     by JK Clarke   Society’s fascination with outer space is well documented, and has been since long before the first rocket ship …

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof – In Yiddish! by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   Since its Broadway debut in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has remained largely unchanged, and maintained its status as an emotive and poignant musical that touches…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Other Bernie: Imagining Madoff by Jk Clarke

        By Samuel L. Leiter   Audiences investing time and money in seeing New Light Theater Project’s production of Imagining Madoff, Obie-winning Deb Margolin’s (Turquoise) brainy…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Burning Bright: We Are the Tigers by Jk Clarke

          by Sheila Watko   What happens when you cross Bring It On with Scream, add an incredible girl power cast and throw in some Broadway-pop music for good measure? You get We Are…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Alice By Heart by Jk Clarke

          by Brian Scott Lipton   Lewis Carroll’s Victorian-era masterpiece Alice in Wonderland has sparked the theatrical imagination of such diverse talents as Eva Le Gallienne, El…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

54 Celebrates the Richard Rodgers Theatre by Jk Clarke

        by Sheila Watko   Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre has been home to over thirty shows since it opened its doors almost a century ago, including favorites…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

God Said This by Jk Clarke

      by Hazen Cuyler   To document your mother’s suffering as she dies from cancer requires courage. To expose a family’s feelings and desires throughout that trauma…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Betty and the Belrays by Jk Clarke

          By Sheila Watko   The year is 1963.; Martin Luther King, Jr. will soon lead one of the country’s largest civil rights demonstrations, the Walk to Fr…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Intelligence . . . Or Something Like It by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   In his first book, War on Peace, published last summer, New Yorker investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner (for his exposé …

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Quadroon’s Quest: The American Tradition by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   In a script note for his stumbling satire on our racist history, The American Tradition, Ray Yamanouchi asks directors to “uti…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Return of Carmelina by Jk Clarke

            by Ron Fassler   In the spring of 1979, Carmelina, a new musical by the formidable talents of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane, opened on Broadw…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Dianna Agron Plays Café Carlyle by Jk Clarke

      by Matt Smith   Dianna Agron knows a thing or two about curveballs. Throughout her six-season stint on popular musical dramedy series Glee, her character, spiteful …

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

They Got Themselves To A Nunnery: The Convent by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   Given the sturm and drang of what goes on there, it’s a wonder anyone would want to return to the medieval convent that forms …

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