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Saturday, February 2, 2019

“Eddie and Dave” Has Little to Say—or Sing by Broadwayandme

One of the questions I often ask myself after seeing a new show is: why are the show makers telling me this story?  I haven’t been able to figure out the answer to that question …

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"The Convent" in Uninspiring by Broadwayandme

The Convent, the new play by Jessica Dickey, is like a mashup of Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds about a disparate group of people trying to find themselves on a spiritual retreat, and Cary…

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pondering Some Alternatives Facts About This Year's "LaBute New Theater Festival" by Broadwayandme

Transgression—social, sexual and otherwise—has been the bread and butter of Neil LaBute’s career. It might be the downfall of it too. Last year, allegations about some unidentified mis…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Why It's Radical to Let Girls (Of Color) Just Be Girls in "Good Grief" and "Usual Girls" by Broadwayandme

Something radical is happening on New York stages this season. It’s mainly taking place off-Broadway and it’s largely being driven by women of color who have written that most traditiona…

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Do "The Ferryman" and the "The Waverly Gallery" Live Up to The Hype About Them? by Broadwayandme

Most theatergoers, especially those with limited time and resources, try to figure out which shows to see through a combination of word of mouth, social media and official reviews, particula…

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Turning on the Ghost Light, Yes Again by Broadwayandme

Life has gotten crazy again and I couldn't find the time to write this week. So as I usually do when this happens, I'm turning on the ghost light that theaters use when they're temporarily e…

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Its Stars Are the Only Upside to "Downstairs" by Broadwayandme

Over the past decade the playwright Theresa Rebeck has had four shows premiere on Broadway and at least a half dozen others open in major off-Broadway productions.  And I can’t figure…

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10 Shows That Stood Out for Me in 2018 by Broadwayandme

The end of the year has sneaked up on me. I got lost in the whir of finishing the school semester where I teach, getting ready for Christmas and dealing with some health problems (nothing se…

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A (Brief) Break From Regular Programming by Broadwayandme

Yep; I've slipped back into a hole that’s going to keep me from doing a regular post today. But this isn't a disagreeable hole. I fell into it by (1) reading two fascinating books about 19…

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Winter Theater Festival Fever-Redux by Broadwayandme

The weather has been unseasonably warm here in the city but the winter theater festivals, including a few new ones, are plowing ahead as usual and so I thought I’d do a redux of the guide …

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Taking Time Out to Celebrate My Other Love by Broadwayandme

As regular readers of this blog know, I'm crazy about my husband K. I also really appreciate his patience in allowing me to take up so much of my time with theater. We're just a third o…

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Remembering the Good and the Bad of the '60s with "Gloria: A Life" and "Days of Rage" by Broadwayandme

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the 1960s continue to influence American discourse.  And those tumultuous times are front-and-center in two new recent plays: Gloria: A Life, a look at the car…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Turning on The Fall Ghost Light by Broadwayandme

It happens almost every fall and this year, it’s even more intense than usual. There are so many shows opening that seeing them on top of making plans to celebrate the birthdays of my niec…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Why "On Beckett" is the Best Show in Town by Broadwayandme

Bill Irwin is a genius. And it’s not just me saying that. The folks at the MacArthur Foundation made that official 34 years ago when they gave him one of their famous five-year fellowships…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

"What the Constitution Means to Me" Stands Up for Democracy, But Stumbles as Theater by Broadwayandme

They say that timing is everything. And the timing could hardly be better for Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, which opened at New York Theatre Workshop last weekend, jus…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

"Scraps" And "The Revolving Cycles Truly And Steadily Roll’d" Offer Proof That Plays About Assaults On Black Lives Matter by Broadwayandme

Ever since Aeschylus wrote the first Greek tragedies back in the fifth century B.C., playwrights have been creating works that wrestle with the pressing issues of their time. One of the most…

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

An "Uncle Vanya" That's Truly Stuck in a Rut by Broadwayandme

Just like the rest of us, theater makers can fall into ruts and end up doing the same thing over and over. That's what happened to John Doyle who repeated his conceit of having actors play t…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

"Heartbreak House" is Totally Welcoming by Broadwayandme

It may be a sacrilege to say this but I've never been a fan of the plays of George Bernard Shaw. I appreciate Shaw's place in the theatrical pantheon and his role as a pioneering progressive…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

My Usual Idiosyncratic Fall Theater Preview by Broadwayandme

Drawing up a list of the fall shows I most want to see is my way of making myself feel better that summer (my favorite season) is ending. It's something I've done for even longer than I've b…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

A Labor Day Salute to Theatrical Unions by Broadwayandme

Maybe it's because I'm getting older but time seems to be passing more quickly than ever and the entire summer just flew by. One minute, I was watching my DVD version of 1776, which I try to…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Gettin' the Band Back Together Falls Apart by Broadwayandme

Because I’ve always believed there should be shows on Broadway that cater to all kinds of tastes, it’s not easy for me to say this but the new musical Gettin' the Band Back Together does…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Yiddish "Fiddler on the Roof" Soars by Broadwayandme

So many people were raving about the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's production of Fiddler on the Roof that I felt I had to see it. At the same time, I feared it wouldn't live up to al…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Today's Ghost Light is a Birthday Candle by Broadwayandme

There's no post today because I'm taking time off to celebrate my birthday this weekend. The celebrations include a repeat visit to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with my theatergoin…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

"This Ain't No Disco" Ain't Much Fun by Broadwayandme

Maybe there were too many top chefs in the room when they were cooking up This Ain't No Disco, the rock musical that recently opened at the Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater. Ca…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

True Compassion for "Straight White Men" by Broadwayandme

What a difference a director can make. The first time I saw the dark comedy Straight White Men, it was directed by its playwright Young Jean Lee for a 2014 workshop production at the Public …

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

What's Missing in the Theater District? by Broadwayandme

It's summer vacation time and tourists, who account for over 60 percent of Broadway's ticket buyers, have been streaming into the city, eager to see shows ranging from tried-and-true war hor…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Cyprus Avenue" is a Dead-End Street by Broadwayandme

Edward Bond's drama Saved shocked London audiences in 1965 with its depiction of a group of disaffected young people stoning a baby to death. That harrowing scene set the bar for genera…

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

"Skintight" is Just Barely Skin Deep by Broadwayandme

"I really identified with El," I overhead a seventysomething-year-old man telling his similarly-aged wife as we all walked out of Skintight, the new comedy by Joshua Harmon about older men w…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Summer Reading for Theater Lovers 2018 by Broadwayandme

Memorial Day came and went a month ago. The Summer Solstice breezed in last week. The Fourth of July is just a few days away. And temperatures here in New York are heading into the high 90s.…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Guest Blogger: My Buddy Bill Recalls His Days as One of "The Boys in the Band" and Assesses The Play's Starry Broadway Revival by Broadwayandme

A note from Jan: Two people can see the same show and walk away with different feelings about it. My theatergoing buddy Bill and I just saw the new production of The Boys in the Band that ma…

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Mixed Blessings in "Our Lady of 121st Street" by Broadwayandme

Although separated by five centuries and different codes of acceptable onstage profanity, the playwrights William Shakespeare and Stephen Adly Guirgis have a lot in common. Wait; hear me out…

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