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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Songwriter/Performer/Band Leader You Need to Know All About Right This Minute: Shaina Taub by David Finkle

Shaina Taub. Shaina Taub. Shaina Taub. Mark the name. When radaring in on any new excitement gathering, there’s such a thing

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alison Fraser in Aaron Mark's "Squeamish," Iris Bahr in Her "I Lost You There" by David Finkle

Actors! Bless ‘em. What they won’t agree to do when asked. Take the always reliably wonderful Alison Fraser. She’s now appearing

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Elevator Repair Service's Immeasurable "Measure for Measure" Damage by David Finkle

Something Elevator Repair Service artistic director John Collins states in his program note for the Measure for Measure he’s

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brian Friel's Delving, Involving "The Home Place," Ted Greenberg's Kinetic Father-Son "Ace" by David Finkle

During Brian Friel’s The Home Place it’s the summer of 1878 in Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland when Christopher Gore (John

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Diana Oh's Pushy "Lingerie" Play, Giles's "Breeders" on the Loose, Halliday's Jumpy "Up the Rabbit Hole" by David Finkle

Let’s admit this about Diana Oh, whose run-on-titled {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! The Final

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hip-Hopping "Syncing Ink" on the Brink But Could Shrink by David Finkle

Though it’s probably impossible to pinpoint exactly the moment hip-hop emerged, it’s widely agreed that 1977 was the year

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Desperate Measures" a Musical Yes, "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord" a L by David Finkle

It’s up to the novitiate. It’s up to her just days before her becoming a nun called Sister Mary Jo. In the musical Desperate

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Director John Doyle's "As You Like It," Director Dan Wackerman's "The Show-Off," Playwright Amy Herzog's "Mary Jane" by David Finkle

At the start of John Doyle’s Classic Stage Company As You Like It production, nine members of the cast are gathered around

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Peter Friedman Distinguishes Max Posner's Moving "The Treasurer" by David Finkle

Peter Friedman is one of Manhattan’s superior actors. He’s been adding to a substantial resumé since the original 1988 production

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Parks's "F**king A," Stephens's "On the Shore of the Wide World" Lesser Works From A-List Playwrights by David Finkle

In the F**king A program note, Suzan-Lori Parks pens a self-incriminatory confession about how she came to write this one

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

"The Baroness: Isak Dinesen's Final Affair" Not Romantic Enough; The Dzieci Company's Shipping Container 'Makbet" (Yes, Canned "Ma by David Finkle

There are people who excel at spotting others in psychological need and exploiting them. They’re experts in enthralling mercilessly

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Biographer James Atlas's "The Shadow in the Garden" Takes Biography to Task by David Finkle

Anyone as intrigued by the very idea of biography as I am has to read James Atlas’s the Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Julie White and New Cast Retain the Sparkle of Lucas Hnath's "A Doll's House, Part 2" by David Finkle

“The phrase “When Nora slammed the door” (or versions of it) has floated around for some time, certainly since the start

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Merits of Nick Ribodeau's "Inanimate," Andre Fuad Degas's "House of Charity" by David Finkle

In Nick Robideau’s Inanimate Erica (Lacy Allen) has fallen in love with her local Dairy Queen sign. She hears the sign responding

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mint Theater Company (Re)Discovery Teresa Deevy Looks at Love From Four Perspectives by David Finkle

Some years ago in his intrepid search for overlooked, if not completely forgotten, playwrights, Mint artistic director/director

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cabaret Compromised and the 10th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge by David Finkle

Cabaret makes a significant contribution to our culture. In theory it does. It does if a significant percentage of the population

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Is Heather Mac Rae, at 70, Cabaret's Shiny New Star? by David Finkle

Heather Mac Rae is currently celebrating her 50th year in show business, and she’s celebrating it in an absolutely wonderful

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"Van Gogh's Ear" Is Full of Expressive Impressions by David Finkle

It’s eminently appropriate that in Eve Wolf’s Van Gogh’s Ear Vincent van Gogh—an impressionist always ferociously expressionistic

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Michael Feinstein Stops the Show at His Feinstein's/54Below by David Finkle

On stage, Michael Feinstein can be two different people. There’s the original Michael Feinstein, the one who sits at the

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Importance of Being Pianist-Singer Eric Comstock at Manhattan's Birdland by David Finkle

As time moves farther away from the 20th century, the dominance of the Great American Songbook gives the appearance of waning

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Monday, August 7, 2017

McBroom, Simmons, Mason, Molaskey Send Forth Top-Drawer CDs by David Finkle

Voices – Amanda McBroom (Gecko Records): Wounded hearts are one of the collection’s pressing themes, perhaps the overarching

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Neil LaBute Helps Put Summer Shorts 2017 B Series in Winners Column by David Finkle

The risk of asking friends to be totally honest is the prickly subject of Wedding Bash, the middle Summer Shorts 2017 B series

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

In "Curvy Widow" Bobby Goldman Holds Out Hope for Somewhat Merry Widows by David Finkle

She’s a widow as the leading lady of the musical. She wants to rejoin life. She’s considering getting married again but needs

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Solid New York Musical Festival Hit in "The Goree All-Girl String Band," Two Non-Hits by David Finkle

For anyone wondering if the New York Musical Festival has a genuine hit in this year’s line-up, The Goree All-Girl String

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Mark Nadler Enthusiastically Opens New Manhattan Cabaret Room, The Beach Club by David Finkle

Mark Nadler, who’s been performing in cabaret since 1971, has opened, his own intimate boite on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

David Grossman's "To the End of the Land" Compellingly Transported to the Stage by David Finkle

Families at war are a mini-trend at this Lincoln Center Festival 2017. First, there was Mohammad Al Attar’s While I Was Waiting

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Money Talks The Musical," "Me & Ella," Musicals to Know About But Not Rush Off To by David Finkle

David Friedman has written a long series of first-rate songs, many of them having become cabaret standards introduced by

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

In the Deliberately Domestic "While I Was Waiting" Mohammad Al Attar Shows Us Syria Today by David Finkle

Since it’s not every day a New York City stage is host to a Syrian playwright and a Syrian director commenting on conditions

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tony Kushner's Great "Angels in America," Under Marianne Elliott's Direction and Starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, Is Screened World by David Finkle

Tony Kushner’s Angels in America—divided in parts “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika—is arguably the great American

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Three New Manhattan Musicals: One Outstanding, One Okay, One Very Bad by David Finkle

As a follow-up to last year’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene hit, The Golden Bride, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

In London Three Worthy Political Entries And One Apolitical Dud by David Finkle

London—Since most plays are to a greater or lesser extent political, there’s no surprise that blatant or only slightly veiled

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