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Monday, November 18, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “One Discordant Violin” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

As a whole, “One Discordant Violin” satisfies the theatergoer’s palate with an enchanting story that rings true, is compellingly relatable, and plucks the strings of the heart with cos…

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New Jersey News: Jimmy Webb, Black Violin, Taylor 2 Dance Company, and Voctave Join Kean Stage’s 2020 Season by David Roberts

Kean University continues to offer exciting and eclectic performances to the public, adding four new shows to its lineup for spring 2020 in Wilkins Theatre and the intimate Enlow Recital Hal…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Ars Nova’s “Dr. Ride’s American Beach House” at Greenwich House by David Roberts

Commissioned by Ars Nova in 2016 and currently playing at New York City’s Greenwich House, “Dr. Ride’s American Beach House” claims to be one thing but delivers something markedly di…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Broadway Review: “The Sound Inside” at Studio 54 by David Roberts

Under David Cromer’s austere and esoteric direction, Ms. Parker and Mr. Hochman skillfully navigate the corners of the audience members’ minds projecting sound and sight on the empty can…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Macbeth” at the Lynn F. Angelson Theater at Classic Stage Company by David Roberts

There has always been a curiosity and appreciation for bold attempts at new interpretations or the reimagining of the classics and it seems there have been endless attempts on putting a new …

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Broadway Review: “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre by David Roberts

There are two major elements that undeniably contribute to the success of the entrancing new Broadway Show “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” now playing at the Lunt- Fontanne Theatre. T…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Broadway Review: “The Rose Tattoo” at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway by David Roberts

Following in the footsteps of Maureen Stapleton in the original and first revival and Mercedes Ruehl featured in the second revival on Broadway comes Marisa Tomei as Serafina Delle Rose in t…

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Off-Broadway Review: “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” at The Public Theater’s Martinson Hall by David Roberts

Since its premiere at The Public in 1976 and its subsequent transfer to Broadway later that year, much has happened to continue to impact the lives of the women of color celebrated by Ntozak…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Soft Power” at the Public’s Newman Theater by David Roberts

“Soft Power” – the culture-bending, plot-twisting musical within a play currently running at The Public’s Newman Theater – challenges the notion that the only effective parameters …

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Broadway’s Circle in the Square Preview: THE CIRCLE SERIES Announces Conclusion of The Fall Season by David Roberts

Over the past several weeks, The Circle Series has brought the theatre community together on Monday evenings to explore developing works and celebrate the classics in a new way. Concluding t…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Broadway Review: “The Great Society” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater by David Roberts

“The Great Society,” the second installment of playwright Robert Schenkkan’s biographical account of the years Lyndon B. Johnson spent as president in the White House, is less a drama …

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Heroes of the Fourth Turning” at Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater by David Roberts

This is a frightening group of devotees hell bent on prying open the gates of hell to usher in all who would disagree with their conservative polemic. In “Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” …

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Scotland, PA” at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre by David Roberts

Bloody, gory, horror films certainly have been around for quite a while and have been successful in creating a cult audience that supports the genre. Transforming one of these for the stage …

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Broadway Review: “Linda Vista” at Second Stage Theater’s Helen Hayes Theater by David Roberts

The sharp and witty dialogue of the latest dramedy penned by playwright Tracy Letts is foreshadowed by the title “Linda Vista” which means “pretty view” in Spanish. The midlife crisi…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Westside Theatre by David Roberts

The most recent revival of “Little Shop of Horrors” by the musical theatre team Howard Ashman and Alan Menken surely proves to be timeless and timely. The musical numbers still seem to l…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Kingfishers Catch Fire” at Irish Repertory Theatre’s W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre by David Roberts

That said, under Kent Paul’s judicious direction, Haskell King and Sean Gormley faithfully explore the underbelly of moral absolutes and moral ambiguity with consummate performances. Mr. K…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Broadway Review: “Slave Play” at the Golden Theatre by David Roberts

“Slave Play,” currently running on Broadway at the Golden Theatre, reiterates the events on the fourth day of the Antebellum Sexual Performance Therapy being held at MacGregor Plantation…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Sunday” at Atlantic Therater Company’s Linda Gross Theater by David Roberts

Jack Thorne’s “Sunday,” currently running at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, seems to elicit one of two responses: disappointment or robust enthusiasm. A group of Gen…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Gingold Theatrical Group’s New Production of “Bernard Shaw’s Caesar & Cleopatra by David Roberts

David Staller’s direction is both evenhanded and refreshing, successfully bring this adaptation to an authentic and innovative staging of this Shaw classic that has not been produced in Ne…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Dublin Carol” at Irish Repertory Company by David Roberts

Undertaker John Plunkett (Jeffrey Bean) and his intern Mark (Cillian Hegarty) enter the office of a funeral home on the Northside of Dublin where John works. They have just finished a servic…

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Broadway Review: “The Height of the Storm” at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by David Roberts

Florian Zeller’s complex “The Height of the Storm” is a must see this Broadway season. Enjoy the opportunity to witness Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins – two of the greatest actors …

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “runboyrun” and “In Old Age” at New York Theatre Workshop by David Roberts

As a result of playwright Mfoniso Udofia’s profound interest in the African Diaspora, perhaps no fictional couple in the recent history of Off-Broadway theatre have had their histories mor…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Fern Hill” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

Part group therapy, part intervention, part Doctors Phil and Ruth, “Fern Hill,” currently running at 59E59 Theaters through Sunday October 20, 2019, rehearses the events at Sunny’s (Ji…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Off-Off-Broadway Review: “A White Man’s Guide to Rikers Island” at The Producers Club by David Roberts

Playwrights Roy and Webb never lose site of the significance of the young Richard’s crime. The “Guide” is not about claiming innocence. It is about Richard’s sense of entitlement. Hi…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Only Yesterday” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

Writing a play about two iconic figures like Paul McCartney and John Lennon is risky business. Detailed information about their lives, their work, and their relationships is abundant and rea…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Colt Coeur’s “Eureka Day” at Walkerspace by David Roberts

Jonathan Spector’s “Eureka Day,” currently running at Walkerspace through Saturday September 21, is a complex and thoughtful trope for the upside and downside of such moral ambiguity a…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Red Bull Theater’s “American Moor” at Cherry Lane Theatre by David Roberts

Keith Hamilton Cobb has been on an urgent mission, crisscrossing the United States since 2013 performing his “American Moor.” Mr. Cobb’s almost-one-man-show is a trope, here an extende…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Dust” at New York Theater Workshop in the Fourth Street Theater by David Roberts

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s groundbreaking “On Death and Dying” was first published in 1969. The Grief Cycle outlined in this book remains the standard for understanding the “stages” …

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Chatillion Stage Company’s “Tech Support” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

Chatillion Stage Company’s “Tech Support,” currently running at 59E59 Theaters, begins with the play’s protagonist Pamela Stark (Margot White) frantically pacing around in her West V…

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Broadway Review: “Sea Wall / A Life” at the Hudson Theatre by David Roberts

After a successful run at the Public’s Newman Theater earlier this year, “Sea Wall / A Life” by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne opened at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on August 8th, 2019.…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Ma-Yi Theater Company’s “Felix Starro” at Theatre Row by David Roberts

Currently running at Theatre Row, Ma-Yi Theater Company’s “Felix Starro” launches the Company’s 30th Anniversary Season. The musical is based on Filipino-American writer Lysley Tenor…

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