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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cymbeline--Words for Its Final Four Days by Sandra Mardenfeld

Three Reasons to Go See One of Shakespeare's Least Liked PlaysThere are four days left to see Cymbeline, the second offering of The Public's annual Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delaco…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blood Red Roses: The Female Pirate Project by Sandra Mardenfeld

Yo ho ho ... here be the tales of some of the most infamous women pirates known. Staged on the 100-year-old Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79 in Red Hook, also home to The Waterfront Museum, Blood …

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Doctor Zhivago by Sandra Mardenfeld

Doctor Zhivago closes today after just 49 performances (including previews) ... and that's a shame. Because even though it mostly deserves the mixed to negative reviews it received, the show…

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Love Letters by Sandra Mardenfeld

Photo Credit: Carol RoseggAlan Alda and Candice Bergen replaced Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy as the two life-long pen pals that rarely physically connect in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters a…

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Outside Mullingar by Sandra Mardenfeld

A slight, but emotional play by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt--Tony Award/Pulitzer Prize), Outside Mullingar excels at beautifying life's minutiae without delving deeply into its complexities.…

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blessed Unrest's A Christmas Carol by Sandra Mardenfeld

The cast of Blessed Unrest's A Christmas Carol. Photo by Alan Roche ‘Tis the season when perennial favorites, such as A Christmas Carol, come to visit. Just as Scrooge’s three spiri…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Romeo and Juliet by Sandra Mardenfeld

I’m always late to the party—so it is predictable for me to see a show days before its closing. But Romeo and Juliet, which ends on Sunday, deserves an audience. The first Broadway reviv…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Love's Labour's Lost by Sandra Mardenfeld

Love and the fools it makes of us sets the background for The Public Theater’s world premiere of a new musical version of Love’s Labour’s Lost, the second show of The Public’s 2013 f…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Geppetto by Sandra Mardenfeld

Carlo Adinolfi as Geppetto/Photo credit: Stefan Hagen  Even before Geppetto (Carlo Adinolfi) walks into his workshop, the simple set reflects a yearning of years gone past. Its brick wa…

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Matilda by Sandra Mardenfeld

Matilda, both the musical that opens tonight, and its source material—the beloved 1988 Roald Dahl children’s novel—challenges the typical mythology of childhood, where angelic preschoo…

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Rodger + Hammerstein's Cinderella by Sandra Mardenfeld

--> Cinderella (Laura Osnes) and her Prince (Santino Fontana) dance at the ball.Photo credit: Carol RoseggWhat does a girl need to do for a little attention? In the new version of R…

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Other Place by Sandra Mardenfeld

Even as the audience finds their seats at Manhattan Theater Club’s presentation of The Other Place, the juxtaposition of human strength and fragility and the whisper of the bridge between,…

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Monday, October 29, 2012

You Will Make a Difference by Sandra Mardenfeld

--> Photo by Charlie WinterThis Halloween, AliveWire Theatrics provides a sepulchral journey to self-discovery with You Will Make a Difference, a collaboratively created show more e…

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Monday, September 24, 2012

ART by Sandra Mardenfeld

Changing the sex of the characters in the workinggirls productions presentation of ART, the Yasmina Reza play that swept the 1998 awards season (Tony, New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Ev…

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Evita by Sandra Mardenfeld

Ricky Martin gives good lean—posing against a wall, languishing next to a pillar, and climbing a ladder, tilting his body precariously away from the rungs. Despite a voice that merely hits…

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Peter and the Starcatcher by Sandra Mardenfeld

Fairytales should seem magical—and parts of this prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, (adapted by Jersey Boys co-writer Rick Elice from humor writer Dave Barry and suspense novelist Ridle…

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Friday, June 29, 2012

The Etiquette of Death by Sandra Mardenfeld

The Etiquette of DeathPhoto by: Ves PittsCaption: Chris Tanner as Joan Girdler (standing) and Everett Quinton as Death.The premiere of Chris Tanner’s heavy-handed farce, The Etiquette of D…

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Announcement: Show Showdown Review Nominated for Media Award by Sandra Mardenfeld

The Show Showdown review for Company XIV's version of Snow White posted on December 16, 2011 written by Sandra Mardenfeld is a finalist in the Press Club of Long Island Media Award competiti…

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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess by Sandra Mardenfeld

Photo by Michael J. LutchWhile watching The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the newest incarnation of the famed opera, Audra McDonald’s performance in the title role continually reminded me o…

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sandra's Faves of 2011 by Sandra Mardenfeld

My New Year's resolution is to see more theater. I just joined Show Showdown last spring, and, as a result, only saw about 16 shows last year. That does not qualify me to do a "Best of" list…

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Friday, December 16, 2011

SNOW WHITE by Sandra Mardenfeld

Caption: Gracie White as Snow White, Ashley Handel & Laura Careless as the Evil QueenPhoto credit: Steven SchreiberWith two big-budget Snow White films coming out in 2012, the porcelain-face…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Venus in Fur by Sandra Mardenfeld

A story I once heard kept haunting me during Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of David Ives’ Venus in Fur: when Michelangelo worked on the Sistine Chapel’s The Last Judgment, the …

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Question of the Week—Porgy and Bess: How much revision is too much? by Sandra Mardenfeld

Composer Steven Sondheim really, really hates the idea of the new version of Porgy and Bess on Broadway (opening on January 12, 2012). In summary, he disagrees with the decision to dub it Ge…

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Follies by Sandra Mardenfeld

I think Liz stole my best lines in her review of Follies last week—my damn procrastination foils me again! Seriously, though, my colleague and I share much of the same impression of the sh…

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Shows I Wish I Could See? Continuing the Conversation. by Sandra Mardenfeld

I never understand the fascination with Ethel Mermen. Her brassy voice on recordings never really impresses me and, yet, she is one of Broadway's most treasured icons(I know. I know. It's he…

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tape by Sandra Mardenfeld

Photo credit: Sal Cacciato Caption: Don DiPaolo and Therese PlaehnIt seems we never leave high school. In the revival of Stephen Belber’s Tape, the indelible mark of former school days per…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Be Story Free by Sandra Mardenfeld

I admit it. I’m a Steve Burns groupie. With three children under the age of four, “Blue’s Clues” gets plenty of airtime on our television. So curiosity to see Steve sans his sidekick…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Normal Heart by Sandra Mardenfeld

The most poignant character of Larry Kramer’s incendiary The Normal Heart appears silently throughout the action: the growing count of AIDS victims. Character, perhaps, provides an insuffi…

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Wonderland by Sandra Mardenfeld

Photo credit: Peter James ZielinskiYou know you’re in trouble when the most endearing, magical moments of a musical occur before the curtain ever rises. Much like the looped entertainment …

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Introduction by Sandra Mardenfeld

Hello. I'm Sandra Mardenfeld and I'm excited to be writing for Show Showdown! I'm currently working on my PhD in Communication and Information at Rutgers University, specializing in media st…

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