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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

BWW Review: Ronnie Marmo's I'M NOT A COMEDIAN... I'M LENNY BRUCE Honors The Trailblazing First Amendment Activist by Michael Dale

'These words might be more offensive now than they were back then,' ponders playwrightactor Ronnie Marmo in the guise of one of 20th Century America's most controversial artists in his mostl…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 03:59AM
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

BWW Review: Based On Her Own Experience, Maddie Corman's ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE Tests The Boundaries of Love by Michael Dale

'I should let you know I am not okay,' playwrightperformer Maddie Corman advises the audience at the outset of her completely absorbing solo piece ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE. 'This isn't one of thos…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 05:04AM
Sunday, March 24, 2019

BWW Review: Encores! I MARRIED AN ANGEL Is A Heavenly Sip of Vintage Rodgers and Hart by Michael Dale

One of the quirky charms of the musicals that packed Broadway houses during early decades of the 20th Century, was the practice of allowing a stray remark that has nothing to do with anythin…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 05:54PM
Saturday, March 23, 2019

BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' WHITE NOISE Uses 'A Far-Out Idea' To Get Us Talking About Hard Realities by Michael Dale

And as we look out at what the country has become in recent years, and how social media has illuminated what we have always been, it's necessary to have artists like Suzan-Lori Parks around …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 12:56PM
Friday, March 22, 2019

BWW Review: The Temptations Balance Crossover Success and Racial Identity in Dominique Morisseau's AIN'T TOO PROUD by Michael Dale

'You never know who was hating you and singing along to your record,' musses Otis Williams in playwright Dominique Morisseau's excellent bio-musical, AIN'T TOO PROUD THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TH…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 03:02AM
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BWW Review: Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams Share Passions For Dance and For Each Other in FOSSE/VERDON by Michael Dale

White letters on a black screen introduce the place and time of an early scene in FX's limited series 'FosseVerdon' as 'Hollywood, 19 years left.'

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 12:08PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

BWW Review: John Larroquette Takes The Mad Excursion of John Guare's NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE by Michael Dale

Sturdy, richly-voiced and subtly droll, John Larroquette is one of those actors with a wonderful talent for creating enormously funny moments by taking in the madness surrounding him and cut…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:45AM
Sunday, March 17, 2019

BWW Review: Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson's ALICE BY HEART Turns Blitz-Ravaged London into Wonderland by Michael Dale

According to this reviewer's admittedly casual bit of Googling, the first Broadway production based on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was playwright Alice Gerstenberg's v…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 06:24PM
Friday, March 15, 2019

BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase Star in a KISS ME, KATE That Offers Another Rewrite, Another Show by Michael Dale

Buried amongst the over twenty names receiving the smallest-sized billing for their contributions to Roundabout Theatre Company's hot new revival of Cole Porter and Sam amp Bella Spewack's m…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:22AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BWW Review: Isabelle Huppert Extraordinary as Depression-Stricken Woman in Florian Zeller's THE MOTHER by Michael Dale

It was three seasons ago that French playwright Florian Zeller's Moliere Award winning THE FATHER came to Broadway from London in an English translation by Christopher Hampton. Frank Langell…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:57AM
Sunday, March 10, 2019

BWW Review: Super-Charged Musical Comedy BE MORE CHILL Hits Broadway On A Frenzied Wave of Social Media Fandom by Michael Dale

When composerlyricist Joe Iconis and bookwriter Joe Tracz's hard-rocking, super-charged and very well written science fiction musical comedy Be More Chill ended its month-long premiere engag…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:33PM
Friday, March 8, 2019

BWW Review: Suzy Conn's CHICK FLICK, THE MUSICAL Celebrates Friendships and Film Fantasies by Michael Dale

While this reviewer is always up for a tub of popcorn and a screening of 'Crossing Delancey' or 'Muriel's Wedding,' Suzy Conn's spirited CHICK FLICK, THE MUSICAL is more accurately aimed at …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:43AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

BWW Review: Bekah Brunstetter's Sweet, Provocative and Multi-Layered THE CAKE by Michael Dale

The conflict between seeing multiple sides of an issue and the insistence that there is only one correct side is the power that fuels Bekah Brunstetter sweet and provocative multi-layered co…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:14AM
Sunday, March 3, 2019

BWW Review: Irish Rep's Richly-Flavored Mounting of Sean O'Casey's THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN by Michael Dale

If a contemporary Hollywood screenwriter pitched the plot of Sean O'Casey's classic 1923 drama, The Shadow of a Gunman to a movie producer 'A struggling poet gets in over his head when he al…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 08:02PM
Thursday, February 28, 2019

BWW Review: Jackie Sibblies Drury's MARYS SEACOLE Honors a Pioneering Nurse and Those Who Carry On Her Legacy by Michael Dale

Over 160 years after she first gained fame tending to wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War, the name Florence Nightingale is still recognized as a symbol of selfless caregiving an…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:46AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: Athol Fugard's BOESMAN AND LENA and The Need To Be Seen Through Another's Eyes by Michael Dale

The soft clanging of pots and pans gently hitting each other is the first indication that the title characters of South African playwright Athol Fugard's 1969 indictment of Apartheid segrega…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 08:57AM
Sunday, February 17, 2019

BWW Review: The York Reconstructs and Revives Lerner and Loewe Obscurity THE DAY BEFORE SPRING by Michael Dale

Opening in November of 1945 and closing up shop less than four months later, the sophomore Broadway effort of the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, THE DAY BEFORE SPRING, would be…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 05:06AM
Friday, February 15, 2019

BWW Review: Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Beautifully Tell of Personal Tragedies in SEA WALL/A LIFE by Michael Dale

'As terrifying as anything I've seen,' is how a young fellow describes the natural phenomenon that gives playwright Simon Stephens' solo piece Sea Wall its title.

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:42AM
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BWW Review: Hip-Hop Improv FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME Dazzles With Verbal Dexterity by Michael Dale

The only part of FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME that doesn't bounce off an audience response comes at the very beginning when four voices announce a mic check and standard phrases like mic one check…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:54AM

BWW Review: Yael Farber Sets A Strindberg Classic in Post-Apartheid South Africa in MIES JULIE by Michael Dale

You can pass laws, spread the wealth and educate the masses all you want, but perhaps the quickest way to dissolve the barriers between established classes is simply through giving in to raw…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 01:12AM
Monday, February 11, 2019

BWW Review: Victoria Clark Directs Conor McPherson's Adaptation of August Strindberg's THE DANCE OF DEATH by Michael Dale

'You take a mackerel, grill it, drizzle a little lemon on it, serve it up with a huge glass of white zinfandel, and one doesn't feel quite like blowing one's brains out anymore, does one' ob…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:36AM
Thursday, February 7, 2019

BWW Review: Carmen Cusack's a Charmer in Encores! Mounting of Irving Berlin's Political Spoof CALL ME MADAM by Michael Dale

The brevity of political satire's shelf life tends to rival that of a tray of supermarket eggs, but it seems one of the quips penned by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse for the book of thei…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 09:54AM
Friday, February 1, 2019

BWW Review: Andréa Burns Says Buona Sera To The York's CARMELINA by Michael Dale

With a proliferation of pimps, drug dealers and muggers saturating Times Square, business on Broadway was struggling during much of the 1970s, with theatres frequently left empty for long st…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 08:42PM
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

BWW Review: Amy Staats' Fun and Frisky Look at Van Halen, EDDIE AND DAVE by Michael Dale

'We can't talk about him, there's not enough time.' That's the quick explanation given to the audience as to why there's nobody portraying Michael Anthony, described 'as a bassist with a gol…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 08:06PM
Monday, January 28, 2019

BWW Review: Laura Benanti Brings Fresh Maturity to Eliza in Bartlett Sher's Glorious MY FAIR LADY Revival by Michael Dale

Flying in the face of the dreadful 21st Century practice of making extreme cuts and revisions to classic musicals by deceased authors in the belief that they would offend contemporary sensib…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:54AM
Sunday, January 27, 2019

BWW Review: Calvin Trillin's ABOUT ALICE Is A Warm, Witty and Wondrous Valentine by Michael Dale

To those who knew her, Alice Trillin was highly regarded as an educator, author and film producer. But to millions more who never met her, she was the women that her husband, humorist Calvin…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 02:04PM
Thursday, January 24, 2019

BWW Review: Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Get Rowdy in Sam Shepard's Dark Comedy of Brotherly Dysfunction, TRUE WEST by Michael Dale

In this business we make movies. American movies. Leave the films to the French.

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:48PM
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BWW Review: Colin Quinn's RED STATE BLUE STATE Riffs On America's Political Divide by Michael Dale

'Free speech is an acoustic art. It wasn't meant to go electric,' Colin Quinn explains in his very funny riff on contemporary American discourse, RED STATE BLUE STATE.

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 01:36AM
Monday, January 21, 2019

BWW Review: Diplomacy Demands Charisma in Helen Banner's INTELLEGENCE by Michael Dale

'Before I walk in the room, I remember who I am,' explains rising hotshot negotiator Sarah in Helen Banner's new drama. 'I'm American. And I'm a woman, an attractive woman, divorced, success…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 01:42AM
Thursday, January 17, 2019

BWW Review: Truth Is A Point of View in Three One-Acts at LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL by Michael Dale

During the first year of his presidency, after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia during a protest involving white supremacists, many of whom were displaying Nazi symbols and sl…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:06AM
Saturday, January 12, 2019

BWW Review: HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE at The Public's Under The Radar Festival by Michael Dale

One of the great opportunities afforded to playgoers at The Public Theater's annual Under The Radar Festival is the chance to see how theatre companies from other countries address the same …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 07:06PM

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