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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Greater Clements by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Told in leisurely style, Greater Clements is about the decline (and possible fall) of the American dream. Hunter appears to be saying that this is a long-time coming and its roots go very de…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alyssa May Gold, Rebecca Jimenez, Carmen Berkeley and Malika Samuel in a scene from Alexis Scheer’s “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (Photo credit: Shira Friedman…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tony Triano as Santa Claus in a scene from the Argyle Theatre production of Meredith Willson’s “Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical” (Photo credit: Richard Termine) Victor Gluck, Edito…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

The Underlying Chris by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Another way to look at the play is as the twelve stages of man and woman, going Shakespeare five more steps. Unlike Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe, in which the heroine was played by a dif…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Having won the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for "I and You," this is the fourth production of a Lauren Gunderson play in New York since …

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Cyrano by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

For those younger members of the audience who do not know Edmond Rostand’s classic French play, "Cyrano de Bergerac," the new musical "Cyrano" presented by The New Group at the Darryl Roth…

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Fefu and Her Friends by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While María Irene Fornés' "Fefu and Her Friends" is considered a feminist statement, in performance the play seems not to be very revealing about women or their positions other than the f…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Let ‘Em Eat Cake by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Having had a success with Of Thee I Sing in 2017, MasterVoices had chosen to stage the sequel with an equally starry cast made up of most of the singers from the previous show in the same ro…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

The Crucible (Bedlam) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As produced by Bedlam in association with The Nora, Arthur Miller’s 1953 tragedy, "The Crucible," based on the Salem Witch Trials proves to be both riveting and relevant all over again. In…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Einstein’s Dreams by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alan Lightman’s 1992 internationally best-selling novel "Einstein’s Dreams" would seem like an unlikely choice for stage adaptation as the original book is made up of 30 variations on th…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder!!! by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder!!!" is a dinner theater musical mystery set in the very restaurant (The Secret Room) where the audience is having dinner. This return engagement of the lo…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Slava’s Snowshow by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Slava’s Snowshow" is a unique experience. It is clowning of a sophisticated sort with its wordless skits which takes it beyond language. Its set pieces are outrageous enough to transcend …

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Broadbend, Arkansas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Produced by Transport Group in association with The Public Theater and directed with precision, clarity and simplicity by Transport Group’s artistic director Jack Cummings III, this story …

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Scotland, PA by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

There have been many adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth but none of them probably as entertaining as the new musical "Scotland, PA." Presented in the cartoon style of "Little Shop of Horr…

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The Michaels by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Richard Nelson’s latest play, "The Michaels" (subtitled a “Conversation During Difficult Times”) is a thing of beauty. Low-key like his "Apple Family" quartet and his "The Gabriels" tr…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Seared by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the play is fast-paced and engrossing and the smell of garlic coming from the stage convinces us that real cooking is going on. The completely working …

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dr. Ride’s American Beach House by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Plays about lives of quiet desperation are difficult to pull off because you run the risk of boring the audience. Liza Birkenmeier’s “Dr. Ride’s American Beach House” has all the ele…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Woman of the World by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kathleen Chalfant adds another feather to her cap as Emily Dickinson’s posthumous editor Mabel Loomis Todd in the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s new one-woman play, "A Woman of the W…

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical on Broadway by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"The Lightning Thief - The Percy Jackson Musical" settles down a bit more in the second act and becomes more engrossing but the damage has been done. The actors in the first act all seem to …

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Panama Hattie by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the original production had a great many one-of-a-kind stars supporting Merman, one of the distinctions of the York production is its cast: Montel has been able to obtain the services …

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Macbeth (Classic Stage Company) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

There has been a recent trend to perform Shakespeare as minimally as possible and with as few actors as possible. However, the question arises what is gained? When the doubling of roles prov…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Mette Ingvartsen: “to come (extended)” by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Last seen in New York in 2017, Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen has brought a newish work, "to come (extended)" to NYU Skirball Center.  To come (extended) is actually a reworking and …

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Linda Vista by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tracy Letts’ latest play to reach New York via the Chicago Steppenwolf production is the comedy drama, "Linda Vista," in which a 50-year-old white man in San Diego going through a messy di…

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Is This a Room by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The performances as well as the dialogue are cool and unemotional as you might expect from four professionals used to doing their jobs, until about three quarters of the way through when Win…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Decline and Fall of the Entire World As Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As part of its Fall 2019 Musicals in Mufti Cole Porter Series, The York Theatre Company has smartly revived this 1965 Ben Bagley - Cole Porter revue not seen in New York in 54 years. Pamela …

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Round Table by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem with Vaynberg’s play, now being given its Off Broadway premiere, in which she plays the lead female role, is that it has so many interlocking plots that it can give you a heada…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Height of the Storm by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

What is evident is that Zeller writes tremendous roles for actors. Frank Langella won the Tony Award back in 2016 for the title role of "The Father," and "The Height of the Storm" may well w…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

runboyrun & In Old Age by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Despite the fine writing and acting, these two plays do not stand alone: we are given no backstory to understand the context for these relationships in the longer saga; both plays dealing wi…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Caesar and Cleopatra by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

When the Gingold Theatrical Group’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s epic "Caesar and Cleopatra" begins, the characters are wearing white contemporary clothes and sitting on what looks like an …

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fifty Million Frenchmen by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Still delightful, mainly due to Porter’s score, the book by Herbert Fields (who went on to write six more Porter shows) has its charms with its snappy Jazz Age dialogue which makes fun of …

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Why? by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Legendary director Peter Brook has always investigated the big questions. In recent years his productions have become more intimate and the questions bigger. In "Why?", written and directed …

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