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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

THE OUTER SPACE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The Outer Space, the new concert-musical by Ethan Lipton that just opened at Joe's Pub, turns on a familiar axiom: "Things are the same all over."

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

SIGNIFICANT OTHER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Can someone who's truly deprived of joy give it abundantly to others?

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ALL THE FINE BOYS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Love and sex are complicated at any age, but they're especially so for adolescents who lack the experience, wisdom, and good judgment needed to properly wrangle their simmering feelings.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Is it written somewhere that we can only learn from the past by filtering it through the present?

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SWEENEY TODD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If you're familiar with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the 1979 musical by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, you're probably inclined (with good reason) to not be in the mo…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You've undoubtedly heard that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.

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LINDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Invisibility? I can't see it. Not that I'm contesting it's an issue for women "of a certain age" - in this case, over 50 - but that Janie Dee is a woman who demands, even needs, to be seen w…

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THE PENITENT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The Penitent, the new play by David Mamet at the Atlantic Theater Company, is a stylish and sharp-looking stab at issues that rarely arise in New York theatre today.

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WAKEY, WAKEY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

I'd love to tell you what Wakey, Wakey, which just opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is about, but it ain't easy.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

An artist whose brilliance goes unheralded because of other people's inability to put him into any of their conventional boxes?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KID VICTORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

From the Nazi occupation of Germany (Cabaret) and the toxic relationship between murder and celebrity (Chicago) to tortured sexuality amid just plain torture (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and e…

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IF I FORGET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Some things are just too terrible to say, invoking horrifying ghosts and suggesting blood-curdling motives even if the underlying intentions are pure (or something close it, at any rate).

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EVERYBODY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Should Death really be so appealing?

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

ON THE EXHALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Enemies are not hard to come by, if only you know where to look.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Theatre is a notoriously chatty medium, and those who create it - and, let's face it, those who watch it - are usually unable to keep their mouths shut.

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MAN FROM NEBRASKA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A man desperately searching for answers but encountering only silence in response to his pleas is the central issue of Tracy Letts's play Man From Nebraska, which just opened at Second Stage…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

RING TWICE FOR MIRANDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A politically and economically ravaged dystopia, divided into "districts" that are presided over by lord-like dictators who luxuriate in comfort and wealth while everyone below them is barel…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BIG RIVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The scenic backdrop for the City Center Encores! concert of Big River, which is playing through this weekend, is a black-and-white photo of the Mississippi River that's about as expansive an…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE OBJECT LESSON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The old axiom that one person's trash is another person's treasure is beautifully illustrated by most of The Object Lesson, a kind of theatrical art installation by Geoff Sobelle that just o…

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SUNSET BOULEVARD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Silent film star Norma Desmond learns the hard way that remaining a legend isn't easy,

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

FADE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For her play Fade, which just opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre in a Primary Stages production, Tanya Saracho has constructed a fascinating foundation: When social identity and racial identi…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

YEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

What's going on inside Hench's head? There's no way to be sure, but boy, do you ever want to find out.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

THE LIAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Playwright David Ives has long been adept at finding drama - however small the kernels of it may be - within the deepest comedy.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

TELL HECTOR I MISS HIM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

In the program for her new play at the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2 space, Tell Hector I Miss Him, playwright Paola Lázaro references winning the 2011 Arts Entertainment Scholarship A…

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THE OREGON TRAIL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

No one would argue that it's far better to learn about cholera from a computer game than from actually dying from it ...

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

THE GREAT AMERICAN DRAMA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

"Democracy," quipped H.L. Mencken, "is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

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Friday, January 20, 2017

LONELY, I'M NOT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Falling in love is hard enough, but who knew that not falling in love could be such a struggle?

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

JITNEY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

August Wilson, who built his playwriting name on his "Century Cycle" covering the African-American experience during each decade of the 20th century, eventually proved expert at intertwining…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE DORK KNIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Obsessive behavior is usually treated as pitiable, but why shouldn't what we love—or what we love too much—represent who we are?

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Monday, December 19, 2016

BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There may be no sadder or more sobering experience than getting what you always thought you wanted or needed, only to discover downsides you never imagined possible.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE FIRST NOEL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Christmas theatre, like Christmas songs, Christmas movies, and Christmas TV shows, tends to follow a predictably tooth-rotting pattern about bringing people around to the "spirit of the seas…

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