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Monday, March 20, 2017

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Elizabeth Wollman

Kneehigh's stage adaptation of the 2006 children's novel The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo is so bubbly, energetic, and wacky that a few times during the perfo…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Wakey, Wakey by Elizabeth Wollman

The man in the pajama bottoms, slippers and suit jacket is terribly confused but always polite to the crowd he is somehow suddenly responsible for entertaining. He has snacks and juice stash…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Love For Sale: The History of Sex in Musicals by Elizabeth Wollman

Hey, have you wanted nothing other than to listen to me, director John Rando, and producer Jack Viertel talk about sex and musicals in a very nice performance space in lower Manhattan? Well,…

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen by Elizabeth Wollman

Dear Evan Hansen is an intimate, well-crafted, well-performed musical, the kind that tidily trashes the generalized dismissal of musical theater as an emotionally overwrought genre filled wi…

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Top Ten: Liz Wollman by Elizabeth Wollman

In years as rough and depressing as 2016 has been, I am extra-super-duper thankful for the theater. I have no desire, after a year as harsh as this one was, to come up with a "worst" list--e…

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World and Women of a Certain Age by Elizabeth Wollman

Joan MarcusJoan MarcusIn very dark times, I'm always telling my students, people crave the comfort-food version of mass entertainment: breezy movies, bubbly Broadway shows, silly TV sit-coms…

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 by Elizabeth Wollman

The great comet in question was actually in 1811. Just sayin'. Not like it matters: Broadway musicals are hardly the medium through which accurate historical information gets passed along to…

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

School of Rock by Elizabeth Wollman

School of Rock is charming and engaging and the kind of big, shiny Broadway musical you could totally bring your kids or your friends from out of town to. It's basically a stage renditi…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Love, Love, Love by Elizabeth Wollman

Every so often, especially when you don't get too close or take them too seriously, selfish people can be enormously entertaining company. In Love, Love, Love, Mike Bartlett's short, lacerat…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What Did You Expect? by Elizabeth Wollman

In Richard Nelson's Hungry, which ran at the Public last spring, the Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, New York, had just finished scattering the ashes of their brother / husband / ex-h…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Small Mouth Sounds and Men on Boats by Elizabeth Wollman

Small Mouth Sounds, a play by Bess Wohl currently being restaged at the Signature Theater after an initial run at Ars Nova last year, is sweet and diverting, if not as deft or probing as it …

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hadestown by Elizabeth Wollman

Have you ever not completely connected with a show when you first sat through it, only to fall head over heels in love with it in retrospect? It's happened to me on only a few occasions that…

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Aladdin and Long Day's Journey Into Night: A Comparison by Elizabeth Wollman

It's not atypical for me to see more than one play or musical over the course of the week, but it is rare that I see two shows back-to-back that are as different as Long Day's Journey Into N…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Show Showdown's Tony Picks (Not All of Which Are "Hamilton") by Elizabeth Wollman

If you are a reader of this blog, then we probably don't have to tell you that early June means the annual Tony awards. Even if you are not a reader of this blog, we also probably don't have…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Random roundup: The Father, Turn Me Loose, The Crucible by Elizabeth Wollman

The Father, Florian Zeller's very good play (in very good translation by Christopher Hampton) is worth seeing both for the tricks it plays on the audience and for Frank Langella's rivet…

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Shuffle Along by Elizabeth Wollman

The...um....reconception? reconstruction? reconsideration?...of the 1921 hit show Shuffle Along, currently at the Music Box Theater (which, by the way, also opened in 1921), has some of the …

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What I Did Last Summer (And Fall and Winter and Spring) by Elizabeth Wollman

From April 2015 to March 2016, I served as a judge on the Lortel Awards, which recognize excellence in the Off Broadway theater. The term was a little daunting--I was told to expect (and ult…

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring roundup: Head of Passes, Bright Star, The Color Purple, Kvelertak by Elizabeth Wollman

 It's been a hellishly busy couple of weeks, but I've managed to see a few shows nonetheless. In the interest of time, I'll spare you my typically long-winded reviews in favor of terser…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lortel Award Nominations by Elizabeth Wollman

2016 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS NOMINATIONSOutstanding PlayThe ChristiansProduced by Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre GroupWritten by Lucas HnathEclipsedProduced by The Public TheaterWritt…

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hungry by Elizabeth Wollman

The Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, New York, has just finished scattering the ashes of Thomas, one of its men, on the shores of the Hudson. Now that the simple ceremony has ended, they have re…

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Royale by Elizabeth Wollman

A few seats were empty in the Mitzi Newhouse Theater the evening I saw Marco Ramirez's The Royale, and that struck me as kind of a bummer, because man, oh man, The Royale is a play…

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Straight by Elizabeth Wollman

It's easy to assume--especially in diverse, concentrated and comparatively liberal areas--that at this point in our country's history, coming out of the closet is just no longer a very big d…

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Disaster! by Elizabeth Wollman

Disaster! totally isn't one. Sure, it could maybe be shorter by about fifteen minutes, and maybe a little sharper in spots, but I saw it during the third preview and it was already pretty da…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Collective Mourning: David Bowie by Elizabeth Wollman

David Bowie's death hasn't suddenly made me like Lazarus any more than I did when I saw it, but it sure has put me in touch with the power of collective mourning. Over the past week, I've li…

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Fifteen for '15 by Elizabeth Wollman

It's humbling, really, just how much theater happens in this town--and just how much talent there is making it. Because I've been on sabbatical this year, I've seen many, many more shows tha…

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Lazarus by Elizabeth Wollman

About halfway through Lazarus, the self-important mess that is currently a hot ticket at New York Theatre Workshop, the dude next to me started repeatedly noodling with his Apple watch. Now,…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan by Elizabeth Wollman

When it comes to biographical jukebox musicals that are produced by the same people being depicted, you could do worse than On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The musical …

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Allegiance by Elizabeth Wollman

Allegiance, the Broadway musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, is not the most flawlessly rendered musical you will ever see. Some of its lyrics are a littl…

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ripcord by Elizabeth Wollman

Last night, the cast of Ripcord, David Lindsay-Abaire's play at MTC, seemed a little off. Maybe it had been a rough weekend, or someone got accidentally plastered during the half-hour call, …

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The Humans by Elizabeth Wollman

In The Humans, Stephen Karam's funny, sad, squirmily accurate play about family dynamics in troubling times, the supernatural is repeatedly implied. The newly rented, ground-floor New York a…

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Eclipsed by Elizabeth Wollman

We at Show Showdown seem to be in a Public Theater frenzy right now, but their season has just begun, it's very promising thus far, and I love the Public something fierce, so I'm happy to ke…

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