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Friday, April 22, 2016

'American Pyscho' - A Gory Return to the Go-Go 1980s by Andy Propst

Benjamin Walker and the company of American Psycho (©Jeremy Daniel) Gory, funny, gorgeous, over-the-top, and a little confused, Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's musical versio…

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Friday, April 15, 2016

'The Father' - A Journey Into an Aging, Failing Mind by Andy Propst

Frank Langella and Kathryn Erbe in The Father (©Joan Marcus) The onslaughts of aging and their cross-generational effects have become ripe fodder for drama this season. In The Humans,…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

'Head of Passes' - Phylicia Rashad Rivets as Southern Matriarch by Andy Propst

Phylicia Rashad and Francois Battiste in Head of Passes (©Joan Marcus) A deeply religious woman's faith gets rocked to its core in Tarrell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes, a concurren…

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Monday, March 28, 2016

'Bright Star' - A Tuneful, Moving Journey by Andy Propst

Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan in Bright Star (©Nick Stokes) The hands of time sweep backward in Bright Star, the musical which has just opened at Broadway's Cort Theatre. It'…

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'Dry Powder' - A Corporate Tragedy by Andy Propst

Hank Azaria, Claire Danes, and John Krasinski in Dry Powder (©Joan Marcus) High-powered financiers slug it out in Sarah Burgess' new play, Dry Powder, which recently opened at the Pub…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

'Ironbound' - Gritty, Moving Drama by Andy Propst

Shiloh Fernandez and Marin Ireland in Ironbound (©Sandra Coudert) Playwright Martyna Majok distills a Polish woman's tumultuous and difficult life in America to absorbing effect in th…

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Friday, March 18, 2016

'She Loves Me' - A Beautiful Musical Bon-Bon by Andy Propst

Laura Benanti in She Loves Me (©Joan Marcus) Delicacy abounds in Scott Ellis' gorgeous revival of She Loves Me, which opened last night in a Roundabout Theatre Company production at St…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

'Disaster!' - 1970s Films Put Into Comic Musical Blender by Andy Propst

Faith Prince, Kevin Chamberlin, and Kerry Butler in Diaster! (©Jeremy Daniel Photography) All of the stereotypical characters and confoundingly contrived relationships found in 1970s …

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

'Eclipsed' - Smoldering Drama Set in War-Torn Liberia by Andy Propst

Pascale Armand, Lupita Nyong'o, and Saycon Sengbloh in Eclipsed (©Joan Marcus) Five performers are turning in immaculate and heartrending performances in Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, whic…

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Friday, February 5, 2016

'Broadway and The Bard' - Two Different, Yet Related, Theatrical Worlds Meet by Andy Propst

Len Cariou in Broadway and The Bard with Mark Janas at the piano. (©Carol Rosegg) A bit of theatrical lore from 45 years ago informs Len Cariou's appealing new show Broadway and The B…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

'Washer/Dryer' - Newlyweds in A Comedic Spin Cycle by Andy Propst

Nandita Shenoy and Johnny Wu in Washer/Dryer (©Isaiah Tanenbaum) Nandita Shenoy has the makings for a pretty good sitcom in her new play Washer/Dryer that opened last at Theatre Row i…

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Friday, January 29, 2016

'Sojourners' - Nigerian Immigrants Face Life in 1970s America by Andy Propst

Chinasa Ogbuagu and Hubert Point-Du Jour in Sojourners (©Chasi Annexy) A potentially moving play lies underneath the surface of Mfoniso Udofia's Sojourners, which opened at the Peter …

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Friday, January 22, 2016

'Wide Awake Hearts' - A Pirandellian Look at by Andy Propst

Tony Naumovski, Ben Cole, and Clea Alsip in Wide Awake Hearts (©Carol Rosegg) Theatergoers enter a multimedia Pirandellian universe in Brendan Gall's Wide Awake Hearts, which opened l…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

'Our Mother's Brief Affair' - A Trio of Memory Plays Intertwine by Andy Propst

Kate Arrington, Greg Keller, Linda Lavin, and John Procaccino in Our Mother's Brief Affair (©Joan Marcus) Richard Greenberg offers up a trio of intertwined memory plays in Our Mother'…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

'Skeleton Crew' - Timeless and Moving Human Drama by Andy Propst

Jason Dirden, Lynda Gravatt, and Nikiya Mathis in Skeleton Crew (©Ahron Foster) A timeless and moving human drama unfolds in Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, which opened la…

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'Mother Courage' - A Brave Actress by Andy Propst

Bravery abounds in Brian Kulick’s new staging of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage in Her Children thanks to Kecia Lewis, who took on the herculean title role after the much-public…

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Friday, January 15, 2016

'Noises Off' - Dizzingly Funny Backstage Farce by Andy Propst

Jeremy Shamos, Kate Jennings Grant, David Furr, Andrea Martin, and Campbell Scott in Noises Off (©Joan Marcus) Having the inspired zaniness of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off back on…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

'Tappin' Thru Life' - Autobiography, Song and Dance by Andy Propst

Maurice Hines in Tappin’ Thru Life (©Carol Rosegg) Maurice Hines knows how to charm from the stage. It’s little wonder. He’s been performing for nearly six decades n…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

'The First Noel' - Joyously Poignant Holiday Memories by Andy Propst

Christmas memories don’t get much more tuneful or joyously poignant than those found in the new musical The First Noel, currently playing in a Classical Theatre of Harlem production in…

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Monday, December 21, 2015

'Fiddler on the Roof' - Masterful Revival of a Classic by Andy Propst

Danny Burstein and company in Fiddler on the Roof (© Joan Marcus) As Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, and Joseph Stein’s landmark musical Fiddler on the Roof enters its middle age--…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

'The Golden Bride' - A Sterling Revival of a 1923 Confection by Andy Propst

Adam B. Shapiro and company in The Golden Bride (© Ben Moody) One of the most delightful theatrical surprises for the end of 2015 comes courtesy of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbi…

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Friday, December 11, 2015

'The Color Purple' - Stunning Revisitation to the 2005 Tuner by Andy Propst

Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson in The Color Purple (© Matthew Murphy) Stunning. It's the best word to describe both John Doyle's remarkable new production of The Color Purple that …

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

'Lazarus' - Stunningly Sung, Visually Sumptuous, and Also Confounding by Andy Propst

Brynn Williams, Cristin Milioti, Michael C. Hall, Krista Pioppi, and Sophia Anne Caruso in Lazarus (©Jan Versweyveld) If nothing else Lazarus, the new musical with David Bowie songs …

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Monday, December 7, 2015

'School of Rock' - Delightful Prep School Antics by Andy Propst

Alex Brightman and the company of School of Rock – The Musical (©Matthew Murphy) Andrew Lloyd-Webber rocks the theater once again with School of Rock – The Musical, which …

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Friday, December 4, 2015

'China Doll' - Al Pacino Wheels and Deals on the Phone by Andy Propst

Al Pacino in China Doll (©Jeremy Daniel) For anyone who has ever wondered what it might be like to listen to Al Pacino talk on the phone for a couple of hours, they now have the oppor…

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'Gigantic' - Snark, Silliness and Sentimentality Collide by Andy Propst

Ryann Redmond in Gigantic (©Carol Rosegg) Attempting to combine snark and silliness with sentimentality in a new musical is a dangerous proposition. Balancing the former two qualities…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

'Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom' - Suburban Videogame Horror by Andy Propst

Sydney Blaxill and Connor Johnston in Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (©Hunter Canning) Something’s going very, very wrong in the suburban world where Jennifer Haley’s …

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Monday, November 30, 2015

'Rose' - Chalfant Shines as Kennedy Clan Matriarch by Andy Propst

Kathleen Chalfant in Rose (©Carol Rosegg) Kathleen Chalfant has found a terrific showcase for her estimable talents in Laurence Leamer’s Rose, which opened last night at the Clu…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

'Nora' - Revisiting a Doll's House by Andy Propst

Todd Gearhart and Jean Lichty in Nora (©Carol Rosegg) Ingmar Bergman’s Nora, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, can be an immensely moving experience as…

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Monday, November 23, 2015

'The Eternal Space' - Majesty, Friendship, Off-Broadway by Andy Propst

Clyde Baldo and Matt Pilieci in The Eternal Space (©Mike Scully) Generally words such as “soaring” and “majestic” do not spring to mind when theatergoers conte…

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'The Illusionists' - Sleigh of Hand and Derring-Do on Broadway by Andy Propst

Raymond Crowe in The Illusionists (©Photo used with permission of The Illusionists) Last holiday season, aficionados of magic, sleight of hand, and derring-do got a special treat when …

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