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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A "Hamlet" Without a Semblance of Majesty by Broadwayandme

Hamlet is hands down the world's most famous play. People who have never been inside a theater quote its lines "To be, or not to be" and "To thine own self be true." And parodies and homages…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Curvy Widow" Plays to its Demographic by Broadwayandme

Women of a certain age (which usually means between 50 and 75) make up the majority of the theater's ticket buying audience. And Curvy Widow, the new musical that recently opened at the West…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

"A Parallelogram" Doesn't Play It Straight by Broadwayandme

Whimsy has never really been my cup of tea. And alas, A Parallelogramthe Bruce Norris play that opened at Second Stage Theater this past week, is reeking of it.  A dark comedy…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

"The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin" Didn't Get Time to Show Off Its Star by Broadwayandme

It may seem silly to talk about The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin because it was scheduled for just two performances this past week, half the usual five or six-show run for prod…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Drifting into Summer Vacation Mode by Broadwayandme

It's that time of year again: temperatures have heated up, show openings have cooled down and I've succumbed to summer sloth. So while I'll continue to see a few shows and to share my though…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Ghost Light" is a Love Letter to Theater by Broadwayandme

Although he's usually game for just about anything, my theatergoing buddy Bill declined when I suggested that we see Ghost Light, the immersive theatrical experience that the experimental th…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Pipeline" is Unsure of Where It Wants to Go by Broadwayandme

Dominique Morisseau's reputation as both a lyrical and thoughtful playwright has been growing for a few years now. Detroit '67, the first in a three-play cycle she wrote about her hometown, …

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Taking Time Out to Celebrate My Mom by Broadwayandme

Today would have been my mother's 100th birthday so although she left us 14 years ago, I'm going to take time out from the usual postings to wish her a Happy Birthday and to give her a stand…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"1984" Isn't as Scary as It Should Be by Broadwayandme

The producers of 1984 are marketing their show as though it were a horror movie. They've put out a warning that children under 13 will not be admitted (click here to read about that). And th…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Pondering the Metaphysics of Life in "Marvin's Room and "Cost of Living" by Broadwayandme

What's the purpose of life?  I know that's a ridiculously big question but it's been on my mind because two shows I've recently seen take direct aim at that metaphysical enigma. And bot…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2017 by Broadwayandme

Happy Fifth of July. The Independence Day fireworks may be over but we've still got nine more weeks of summer to celebrate until Labor Day. For me that means time to sit on our terrace …

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

"Napoli, Brooklyn" is All Over the Map by Broadwayandme

The woman sitting next to me at the Roundabout Company's Laura Pels Theatre was the perfect audience for Napoli, Brooklyn, the new family drama that opened there this week. She guffawed…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Animal's" Bark is Stronger than Its Bite by Broadwayandme

Madness is unimaginable to those of us unaffected by it and yet that hasn't stopped writers from trying to recreate what it must feel like to lose control of one's mind. And actors also embr…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An intermission by Broadwayandme

My husband K and I are away on vacation so no posts until we get back next week.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

"The Government Inspector" Triumphs by Broadwayandme

The Red Bull Theater Company has a gift for silliness. Its production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century classic The School for Scandal was one of the best evenings I had in th…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast: Episode 12: Wrapping Up by Broadwayandme

The 2016-2017 theater season that ended on Sunday night with the Tony Awards ceremony hosted by Kevin Spacey was one of the best in recent memory. That made the contest for the top prizes on…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast Episode 11: Final Predictions by Broadwayandme

After enduring 40 days of awards lunches, newspaper ads, TV appearances, magazine interviews and all kinds of social media interactions, the Broadway community (fans included) will finally g…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Shared Promise and Common Failings of "Can You Forgive Her?" "The End of Longing" and "The Whirligig" by Broadwayandme

Has someone been traveling around peddling the idea that all a play now needs to be successful is quirky characters, snappy dialog and a speech at the end about the meaning of life?  I …

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tony Talk Episode 10: The Broadcast by Broadwayandme

The Tony Awards ceremony, which will air on CBS next Sunday, June 11, is more than just a celebration of the best of the theater season. It's the way that many people, especially those outsi…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Musicals with Big Aspirations: "The Boy Who Danced on Air" and "Ernest Shackelton Loves Me" by Broadwayandme

Over the past few months, I've been bingeing on the big awards-baiting musicals that have opened on Broadway. Several of them are terrific but it was nice last week to see two smaller shows …

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tony Talk Episode9: The Design Categories by Broadwayandme

Just like everyone else involved in putting on a show, costume and set designers see their main job as telling a story. But that job--and winning a Tony for it--is harder than it looks. Desi…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Misfortunes of "The Lucky One" by Broadwayandme

Most people know A.A. Milne as the creator of the Winnie-the-Pooh children's stories but in the two decades before he published the first Pooh book in 1926, Milne was best known as a humoris…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 8: The Campaign by Broadwayandme

The race is on. It may be done more politely than it was during our last presidential campaign (thank goodness), but the Tony nominees are beginning to elbow one another out of the way as th…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Seven Spots on the Sun" Sheds Light on the Darkness a Repressive Regime Can Inflict by Broadwayandme

Getting a show in front of a mainstream audience ain't easy and it can be even tougher when you're a playwright of color. Which is why I'm happy to have seen Martín Zimmerman's Seven Spots …

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 7: The Other Awards by Broadwayandme

The theater awards season is like a presidential campaign. Everyone has their eyes on the ultimate prize but there are lots of other contests along the way that offer trophies and with them,…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cheering The Outer Critics Circle's Awards by Broadwayandme

I promise to get back to talking about shows I've seen soon but as a card-carrying member of the Outer Critics Circle, I feel honor-bound to tout the awards we announced on Monday. The OCC r…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Is There Life After the Tony Nominations for "Anastasia," Bandstand" and "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory"? by Broadwayandme

All Tony awards are coveted but the awards for Best Musical tend to be the most coveted of all. And because 13 new musicals debuted during the 2016-2017 season, the odds of getting one this …

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 6: The Tony Nominations by Broadwayandme

If you're reading this blog, then you already know that the Tony nominations were announced yesterday.  And depending on how you look at it, this year's nominators had one of the toughe…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Annie Baker Contemplates the Vagaries of Storytelling in "The Antipodes" by Broadwayandme

Like most talented playwrights these days, Annie Baker has no doubt been asked to spend some time in a writers' room for one of the prestige TV shows. But on the basis of her new play The An…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Parsing the Outer Critics Circle Nominations by Broadwayandme

There's no question that the Tonys are the Oscars, or most desired awards, of the theater world but there are other coveted prizes too. Yesterday, the Outer Critics Circle, of which I'm a pr…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 5: Supporting Players by Broadwayandme

The Tonys may be the top dog in awards season but it's not the only one in the game. Lots of other groups also celebrate the best of the theater season. The nominations for the Lucille …

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