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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Nine by Fifteen: Awake by Jk Clarke

        By Samuel L. Leiter   When’s the last time you saw 15 talented actors doing a nonmusical show on a tiny Off-Broadway stage? For me, it was last night at Th…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

A Bute-iful Trio: LaBute New Theater Festival by Jk Clarke

      By Samuel L. Leiter   Since 2016, the St. Louis Actors’ Studio has been presenting an annual program of one-acts locally under the rubric LaBute New Theater Festi…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Talking With “School of Rock’s” Young Flock by Jk Clarke

          By Ron Fassler   With School of Rock closing January 20th after an impressive run of three years and just over 1,300 performances, I was happily invit…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

All’s Well That Ends Well by Jk Clarke

          By JK Clarke   I find it hard to understand why William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well is so seldom performed. When done as elegantly as …

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Macbeth – First Maria’s Mysteria by Jk Clarke

            By JK Clarke   It can be argued that Macbeth is Shakespeare’s best and most beloved play. It’s an assertion that would certainly spark vigo…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Silly Season: Christmas in Hell by Jk Clarke

            By Samuel L. Leiter   Tis the season to be silly, and the York Theatre Company, no stranger to quirky, musical silliness (see Marry Harry and A…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Love’s Labour’s Libations: Shake & Bake Theatre by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   One always imagines the Groundlings—the “common people” in the cheap seats, or standing in front of the stage during Shakespeare’s first prod…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Slave Play by Jk Clarke

        by Brian Scott Lipton   It’s hardly a secret that in the Antebellum south, white owners often took sexual advantage of their African-American slaves. But i…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Downstairs – The Monster Upstairs by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   It’s been a good autumn for playwright Theresa Rebeck. Her thoughtful examination of famed turn-of-the-century actor Sarah Bernhardt’s gro…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at the Paper Mill Playhouse by Jk Clarke

      by Adam Cohen   One man’s ambition is comfortable, while to another it is anathema. This is the simplest way to convey the central theme of Irving Berlin’s Holi…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Nothing Comes of Nothing.   In every art form there comes a moment, or several moments, when the masters of that art tear it apart and br…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

John Anthony Sings George Michael by Jk Clarke

          By Steve Nardoni   My circle is tired of hearing me whine, “I don’t remember the ‘80s!” So it was that I took this assignment with trepidation…

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