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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton Sing “Steve and Oscar” by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke . . . The ability to express emotion through song is one of the things that makes us—humans—such a remarkable species. We often, in the fog of commercialism, forget that at …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:27PM

Alex Edelman – Just For Us by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke . . . Long-form standup comedy is often compelling because it allows us to get to know the comic better, more intimately than short form and one-liner standup sets. And as is th…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:26PM

Tina Burner by Jk Clarke

By Bart Greenberg . . . The fabulous Tina Burner returned to New York City as part of her national tour celebrating the release of her new recording, “Mix Queen: A Relationship Mixtape,”…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:23PM

Guns, God, and Gomorrah by Jk Clarke

By Tania Fisher . . .  Award winning playwright, Joseph Krawczyk provides yet another beguiling piece of theater in this real-life-events-inspired alluring play. Krawczyk’s leads the way …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:30PM

Artemisia Lefay – Ghosts of Weimar Past by Jk Clarke

By Andrew Poretz . . .  “When we study the past, we prevent history from repeating itself. What are the ghosts of Weimar past warning us of?” That’s the thesis presented in Ghosts of …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:26AM
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

MTurks to the Rescue by Jk Clarke

By Marcina Zaccaria . . .  In I Agree to the Terms, we travel back to the exhilarating computer explosion of the 1980s. Gurus love this era, before email and before the Internet, when we co…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:46AM
Monday, March 28, 2022

The Niceties by Jk Clarke

By Adam Cohen . . .  Mile Square Theatre is a jewel tucked into a corner of Hoboken, NJ—just a short ferry or bus ride from midtown. They present compelling, thoughtful, well-executed pro…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:06AM

Confederates by Jk Clarke

By Carol Rocamora . . .  “If you don’t think this play is funny, you are missing a lot of my play.” So writes playwright Dominique Morisseau in the program notes of Confederates, her …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:42AM
Thursday, March 24, 2022

A Touch of the Poet by Jk Clarke

By Bart Greenberg . . . A Touch of the Poet is one of Eugene O’Neill’s problematic plays. Written in the 1940s, but not produced until 1958, after his death. It was planned to be the fir…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:36PM

HELP Has Arrived by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . . If a play is plotless and devoid of characters, is it a play? It’s a question you might ponder while watching Claudia Rankine’s Help, now in a limited engagement at …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:10PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Book of Mountains and Seas by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . . This past Sunday afternoon was the closing performance of the brief, limited run of Huang Ruo and Basil Twist’s Book of Mountains & Seas. Both puppet theater and c…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:26PM

Misdemeanor Dream by Jk Clarke

By Barton Greenberg . . . Celebrating their 60th season, the historic La Mama Experimental Theater Club, in association with Spiderwoman Theater, in partnership with Aanmitaagzi and Loose Ch…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:31PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

Garbageman by Jk Clarke

By Samuel L. Leiter . . . A playwright needs to have a lot of confidence if he’s going to give his play a name like Garbageman, the title of Emmy-nominated Keith Huff’s (A Steady Rain) n…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:04PM

Cabaret on the Couch Live at the Green Room 42 by Jk Clarke

By Melissa Griegel . . . At the beginning of the pandemic, Ian McQueen, Tori Vitucci, Hannah Hall, and Elizabeth Fahsbender wanted a way to showcase diverse artists that were now quarantined…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:06AM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

The Life by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton In a recent interview explaining his decision to significantly rework the 1997 musical The Life for its current presentation at New York City Center Encores, the multi-…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:47PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Baker’s Wife by Jk Clarke

By Carole di Tosti The delightful musical by Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book), The Baker’s Wife, has never been produced on Broadway. Based on the titular 1938 F…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:29AM

10 Years of Reunion Concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Jk Clarke

By Melissa Griegel . . . The popular supper club 54 Below is celebrating ten years of it becoming Feinstein’s/54 Below with a series of anniversary concerts. On March 6, for both the 7 PM …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:10AM
Monday, March 14, 2022

Anyone Can Whistle by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton “It was a moment. A marvelous moment,” two characters sing at the end of Anyone Can Whistle, and that sentiment perfectly summed up the feeling many of the 2,500 pe…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:45AM

Sorrow at Hart Island by Jk Clarke

By Marcina Zaccaria Touring the New York City waterways can make one feel elated. Viewing the stunning footage of large expanses of waterways and maps, it’s impossible not to be impressed …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:26AM

Only 15 Minutes of Fame by Jk Clarke

By Marcina Zaccaria Andy Warhol believed that anyone could be famous for 15 minutes or more. It’s that jarring truth that introduces a point of inquiry in The Trial of Andy Warhol. Is Warh…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:25AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Notes From Now by Jk Clarke

By Brian Scott Lipton It seems impossible that each and every person watching the poignant musical revue Notes from Now, currently being presented by the Prospect Theater Company at 59E59 Th…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:20PM
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The Merchant of Venice by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) has taken a bold step in its new production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. But not for the expected reason (casting a blac…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:59PM
Monday, February 21, 2022

The Music Man by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke . . . The small-town America of The Music Man is the one people refer to when talking about “the good old days,” when everyone knew everyone, life was cheery and people lef…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:17PM
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

(Not So) Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Jk Clarke

By JK Clarke  One of the more intriguing components of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night is its deliberate length—crafted to make the audience viscerally ex…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:58AM
Saturday, February 5, 2022

MJ – The Michael Jackson Musical by Jk Clarke

By Cooper Lawrence . . . At first glance, it’s perplexing why Lynn Nottage (Book) and Christopher Wheeldon (Director/Choreographer) would want to celebrate a deeply flawed icon like Michae…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:43PM
Sunday, September 19, 2021

American Utopia (re)Opening night curtain call by Jk Clarke

Theater Pizzazz had the privilege of attending the new opening night of American Utopia, the David Byrne musical on Friday night, September 17. JK Clarke was on hand at the St. James Theatre…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:02AM
Friday, April 30, 2021

Edward Medina by Jk Clarke

by JK Clarke . . . . Edward Medina, a beloved member of the New York theater critics community and a cherished colleague here at Theater Pizzazz, died Wednesday evening following complicatio…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:03AM
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Leiter Looks Back: Five Plays of 1923-1924 by Jk Clarke

For today’s installment of “Leiter Looks Back,” we’ll skip the ten best and take a look at five of the six Mantle liked but overlooked. The post Leiter Looks Back: Five Plays of 1923…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:18AM
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Leiter Looks Back: Four Revivals of 1922-1923 by Jk Clarke

      By Samuel L. Leiter   To date, the seasons covered by this series have not been especially thrilling with regard to revivals, especially Shakespearean ones. Much of the Shakespeare…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 07:20AM
Monday, March 9, 2020

Unknown Soldier – A Musical by Jk Clarke

    By Brian Scott Lipton   What is, what was and what might have been. These everyday yet profound questions envelop the minds of both the main characters and the audience of Unknown Sol…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 10:31PM
Saturday, February 29, 2020

All the Natalie Portmans: You Always Hurt the One You Love by Jk Clarke

          By Samuel L. Leiter   It’s too soon to suggest a trend but All the Natalie Portmans, the MCC’s production of C.A. Johnson’s bumpily engaging, African-American, coming-o…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:47AM