All stories by Elisabeth Vincentelli on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Review: In ‘California,’ a Road Trip and a Detour Into Darkness by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The playwright Trish Harnetiaux’s new show, set entirely in a car, follows a family of travelers. It bravely, if not entirely satisfyingly, explores alternate realities.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Review: ‘Golden Shield’ Is an Exercise In Miscommunication by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Anchuli Felicia King’s play about an internet firewall belongs to multiple genres all at once.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘Which Way to the Stage’ Review: Theater Buddies, With Claws Out by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In her new comedy, Ana Nogueira spins zippy fun out of a fairly conventional story about a friendship strained by resentment.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Holland Taylor Plays Ann Richards One Last Time by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Taylor, 79, first performed her solo play “Ann,” about the former governor of Texas, in 2010. Now, she’s saying goodbye to the white suit.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Jaquel Spivey Is Riding His First Professional Gig to Broadway by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jaquel Spivey graduated from college last May. Now he’s making his Broadway debut as the star of Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “A Strange Loop.”

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Alfie Allen Gets in the Zone with Gospel Music and Pineapples by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Known for portraying the luckless Theon Greyjoy on “Game of Thrones,” the British actor shares the items that are helping him prep for his Broadway debut.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Review: In ‘Harmony,’ a Band’s Success Collides With History by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s musical chronicles the story of the Comedian Harmonists, a sextet of Jews and gentiles in Weimar-era Germany.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Review: ‘The Little Prince,’ a Lumbering Circus by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A stage version of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic of children’s literature lands on Broadway but remains stubbornly earthbound.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Review: ‘Little Girl Blue’ Revisits Nina Simone in Her Prime by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Laiona Michelle’s tribute show, now at New World Stages, is more an impressionistic portrait for those familiar with the singer’s life and career.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

‘The Life’ Review: Turning More Than a Few New Tricks by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Billy Porter brings a heavy-handed touch as the director and adapter of this 1997 musical about prostitutes and pimps in Manhattan’s bad old days.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Review: In ‘Prayer for the French Republic,’ Echoes of the Past by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Joshua Harmon’s ambitious new play toggles between a contemporary Jewish family facing growing antisemitism and their relatives during World War II.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

At the Exponential Festival, Case Studies in Category Busting by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Two years into the pandemic, this festival, which has gone virtual for now, abjures traditional theatricality and performance.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

One Opera Opening Would Make Any Composer Happy. He Has Two. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Intimate Apparel” and “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” are premiering in New York almost simultaneously.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Conrad Ricamora on His Bumpy Road to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The actor reflects on continuing the Off Broadway revival’s hot streak, and fighting against the stereotypes facing Asian American actors.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Remember Emmet Otter and His Jug Band? They’re Back, and Onstage. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Jim Henson TV special was a hit in 1978. Now its furry creatures return in a new theatrical production in Manhattan, just in time for the holiday season.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Best Theater of 2021 by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Digital innovation continued this year, but experiencing plays in isolation grew tiring. Then came an in-person season as exciting as a child’s first fireworks.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Jennifer Nettles Had Sung ‘She Used to Be Mine.’ But Not While Crying. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The country singer and musical-theater fan was grateful to play the intense title role in “Waitress” not long after her Broadway-themed album came out.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Impromptu Stephen Sondheim Wakes Fill Piano Bars With Tears and Tunes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Lines of Stephen Sondheim fans formed outside Marie’s Crisis Cafe in Greenwich Village as news of his death spread. Inside, it was all-Sondheim on the piano.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Review: ‘The Alchemist,’ a Play in Search of Comedy Gold by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Red Bull Theater brings on the cons and their marks in this adaptation of the 17th-century Ben Jonson work.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Review: Theater Professors Are Under the Gun in ‘Preparedness’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this workplace comedy, beleaguered colleagues struggle to come together for an active-shooter training exercise.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Review: What’s Past Is Prologue in ‘While You Were Partying’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This maddening, brain-scrambling show, which just opened at the esteemed Soho Rep, is nothing if not slippery, our critic writes.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Review: ‘The Mother’ Rises Up Again in the Name of Revolution by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Wooster Group’s production will prompt discussions about the company’s vision for Brecht’s “learning play.”

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Review: ‘Designing Women,’ With 30 Years of Pent-up Angst to Air by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s popular TV series comes to the stage with its sisterhood intact. But at times this revival feels a lot like a pretext to vent.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Maryann Plunkett Says Goodbye to Her Lives in Rhinebeck by Elisabeth Vincentelli

She has portrayed three characters over the course of the 12 plays in Richard Nelson’s “Rhinebeck Panorama.” A decade later, it’s time to move on.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Adrian Lester Finally Arrives on Broadway, via Wall Street by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The characters he plays are “a departure from how people perceive” them. He’s testing perceptions again as one of the famous banking brothers in “The Lehman Trilogy.”

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Review: In ‘Never Let Go,’ a Solo Performer’s Heart Goes On by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Michael Kinnan’s sendup of “Titanic” explores the liminal space between tribute and affectionate satire.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Review: ‘A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet’ Is Missing a Few Notes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this new musical, a singer’s future hangs on one song, but entrusting it to an inexperienced songwriting team is not, perhaps, the shrewdest choice.

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For a Broadway Torn by a Pandemic, a Split-Personalities Tonys by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli and James Poniewozik

The streaming part of the ceremony actually did a better job conveying the electricity of being in a theater than the CBS special billed as “Broadway’s Back!”

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

A Cabaret Star and an Opera Star Walk Onto a Stage … by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The punchline is “Only an Octave Apart,” featuring the unlikely collaborators Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

‘Come From Away’ Review: Looking for Light in Somber Times by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The filmed version of this Broadway musical lands on Apple TV+ to deliver hope and kindness.

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Dudes on Ice: A Play About Hockey Tackles Masculinity, Too by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Islander,” a skewed look at a New York Islanders season, examines extreme fandom, violence and the thrill of sports.

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