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Thursday, April 18, 2019

White Noise by David Kaufman

After she won the Pulitzer Prize for "Topdog/Underdog," one approached a new play by Suzan-Lori Parks with great expectations--expectations that are strongly rewarded by her latest work, "Wh…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

I Carry Your Heart by David Kaufman

Though playwright Kelly strives for poetry at times--in addition to that last quote, consider Josh’s mother calling him a “terminal optimist” and also learning that the play’s title …

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock by David Kaufman

Many of Blitzstein’s melodic tunes are plunked out on the piano by several of the players at various points. But the fault is not only due to Doyle’s direction: what’s missing from Bli…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate by David Kaufman

While many of the greats have tackled Kate over the years ever since it premiered in 1948, O’Hara brings a subdued charm to the usually more boisterous part of Lilli, even if she is positi…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Hurricane Diane by David Kaufman

Some plays are simply too complicated for their own good, defying comprehension. This is certainly the case with Madeleine George’s "Hurricane Diane," in which the God Dionysus or Bacchus,…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Merrily We Roll Along by David Kaufman

Usually considered one of Sondheim’s lesser musicals, albeit with one of his best scores--and needless to say, that’s saying a lot--this production provides a heft and a story that are s…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

The Waiting Game by David Kaufman

Welcome to "The Waiting Game," a play by Charles Gershman, which has the makings for a meaningful drama, but never really amounts to much. A large part of the problem is the nondescript and …

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Mies Julie by David Kaufman

Yaël Farber’s adaptation of Strindberg’s classic "Miss Julie," "Mies Julie" shifts the scene and setting from 1880’s Sweden to the Karoo in South Africa on Freedom Day in 2012--or the…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

True West by David Kaufman

Having seen it at least four times before, I can say with certainty that Sam Shepard’s "True West" (1980) is a firm and solid play: a play to be pondered both while you’re watching it an…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Trick or Treat by David Kaufman

The lit pumpkin on a ledge in the living room aptly suits the title of "Trick or Treat," a new play by Jack Neary. But despite the skeleton positioned on yet another shelf, the play’s titl…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Choir Boy by David Kaufman

Now playing at the MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway, "Choir Boy" is set at The Charles R Drew Preparatory School for Boys, a Catholic academy for young men of color. Written by…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

The Prom by David Kaufman

"The Prom" is giving Broadway something it’s been lacking for years, which is a high-spirited, old-fashioned musical comedy, where the cast’s energy spills out over the footlights, and i…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters by David Kaufman

Some novels are more stage-worthy than others, and "C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters" is not among those that are. As adapted for the stage by Max McLean--who also directs the production…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Bitter Greens by David Kaufman

Though it was common practice centuries ago, perhaps the final take-away from "Bitter Greens"--a new play by Clea DeCrane--is that an actor should not perform in her own work. In the play, D…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Two by Friel by David Kaufman

The attempt to draw comparisons between two disparate one-act plays by Brian Friel proves forced and effortful. In a program note for "Two by Friel," now playing at the Irish Repertory Theat…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by David Kaufman

The Classic Stage Company's current revival of Bertolt Brecht’s "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" is not the first to draw comparisons between the sitting president and Hitler. In 2002, o…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Waverly Gallery by David Kaufman

Even with the indelible impression of Eileen Heckart’s magnificent, original Gladys intact, Elaine May overcomes any comparisons as the current Gladys. There is nothing inventive or even a…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sakina’s Restaurant by David Kaufman

In an apparent effort to demonstrate that he’s become one of us, Mandvi arrives in the theater by walking down the central aisle at the Minetta Lane Theatre, wide-eyed, as he peers and tak…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Goodbody by David Kaufman

From its dramatic opening, there’s nowhere for "Goodbody" to go but down, even if Ernst keeps raising the stakes with complicated backstories and developments that leave one breathlessly c…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Apologia by David Kaufman

Channing is by turns aggressive, assertive, jittery, neurotic, imperious, and even petulant in the first act, only to become bewildered and subdued in the second. To rewrite Dorothy Parker…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hitler’s Tasters by David Kaufman

Though its title couldn’t be clearer or more transparent, "Hitler’s Tasters" proves anything but that, as it merges the past, when Hitler was still alive, with the present, when fresh au…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Nap by David Kaufman

It isn’t revealing too much to say that the play culminates with a real Snooker match between two men vying ultimately for the world championship and ostensibly being watched by 23 million…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Other Day by David Kaufman

A play that tends to say or do too much can often end up saying too little. Such is the case with "The Other Day," a play in which one development after another keeps cancelling each other o…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Separate and Equal by David Kaufman

Though the large ensemble of 11 actors is uniformly first rate--whether going through their balletic paces or tossing the invisible basketball and grasping it by clapping their hands, Pamela…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Heist! by David Kaufman

What’s missing from the nondescript music is originality, soul or spirit, and the same can be said about the book. Under the guidance of director James Will McBride, the cast, however, fea…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Less Than 50% by David Kaufman

Though there are recurring references to Woody Allen and more specifically to "Annie Hall" during the 90-minute piece, "Less Than 50%" bears as much resemblance to that Oscar-winning film as…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Straight White Men by David Kaufman

Given how physically playful the brothers are with each other--and with their father--"Straight White Men" is that rare play that even has a credited choreographer, Faye Driscoll. In additio…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Fire in Dreamland by David Kaufman

Built in 1904, Dreamland was considered the most elegant and ambitious of Coney Island’s amusement parks--until it burnt to a crisp in 1911. A new play by Rinne Groff, "Fire in Dreamland" …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Saintliness of Margery Kempe by David Kaufman

The cast list in the program reads more like a medieval phone-directory--even if there were no phones in the Middle Ages--than it does a dramatis personae. And then there’s what happens to…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mary Page Marlowe by David Kaufman

After establishing himself as one of our finest playwrights with such works as "Killer Joe" and "August: Osage County," Tracy Letts seems to have somewhat lost his way with his more recent "…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Stratford Theatre Festival Summer 2018 by David Kaufman

Bahareh Yaraghi as Mrs. Laura Cheveley and Brad Hodder as Lord Arthur Goring in a scene from “The Ideal Husband” (Photo credit: Emily Cooper) David Kaufman, Critic Though The Importance …

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