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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Belfast Girls: The Pluck of the Irish by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆Jacki McCarrick revisits an underexplored chapter in Irish, and women's, history The post Belfast Girls: The Pluck of the Irish appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Exception to the Rule: Porch Kid Meets Street Kids by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆ Dave Harris's follow-up to 'Tango & Bones' is entertaining, sobering and ultimately frustrating The post Exception to the Rule: Porch Kid Meets Street Kids appeared first…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:35PM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

Two By Synge: Playing a Legend for Laughs by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Irish Rep artistic director Charlotte Moore pairs and helms two of the playwright's early efforts The post Two By Synge: Playing a Legend for Laughs appeared first on New Yor…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

How I Learned to Drive: Costly Lessons in Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Winner by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ In the play's long overdue Broadway premiere, original stars Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse and director Mark Brokaw mine its wry humor and horror The post How I Learned …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:53PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Paradise Square: Allies and Rivals, in Song and Dance by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Choreographer Bill T. Jones and a vibrant cast led by Joaquina Kalukango make a Civil War musical fly The post Paradise Square: Allies and Rivals, in Song and Dance appeared …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:56PM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

The Life: Seldom-Revived Cy Coleman Musical Gets a Shot in the Arm from Billy Porter by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ The stage and screen star and his collaborators pump fresh blood into this ode to New York's mean streets The post The Life: Seldom-Revived Cy Coleman Musical Gets a Shot in …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:44PM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

This Space Between Us: Making Room For Change by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ A fine ensemble cast serves Peter Gil-Sheridan's study of a successful man trying, against all odds, to make a difference The post This Space Between Us: Making Room For Chan…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:12PM
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Daughter-in-Law: Early D.H. Lawrence Revived Again, in Mint Condition by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Martin Platt once again helms a bracing revival of the socially and emotionally charged play The post The Daughter-in-Law: Early D.H. Lawrence Revived Again, in Mint Conditio…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:01PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Wolf Play: Surviving on Animal Instincts by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ In Hansol Jung's heartbreaking play, an adopted boy assumes a lupine identity while trying to find a place to call home The post Wolf Play: Surviving on Animal Instincts appe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:45PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

MJ: The Man in the Mire by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆ Lynn Nottage and Christopher Wheeldon tackle Michael Jackson's troubling life and transcendent art The post MJ: The Man in the Mire appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:49PM

Prayer for the French Republic: Old Hatred and Enduring Hope by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Joshua Harmon's latest play movingly, fearlessly explores anti-Semitism, past and present The post Prayer for the French Republic: Old Hatred and Enduring Hope appeared first…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:52PM
Sunday, January 23, 2022

The Hang: Prepare Ye the Way of Socrates by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Taylor Mac's latest work is a jazz-infused opera tracing the trial and death of philosophy's founding father The post The Hang: Prepare Ye the Way of Socrates appeared first …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:00PM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Whisper House: Not-So-Blithe Spirits by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow's ghost story finally arrives in New York The post Whisper House: Not-So-Blithe Spirits appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

Flying Over Sunset: A Long, Strange, Beautiful Trip by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ A new musical by James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Michael Korie finds icons bonding, with a little help from LSD The post Flying Over Sunset: A Long, Strange, Beautiful Trip appear…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:51PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Company: That Invincible Bunch, Reconsidered by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Marianne Elliott's acclaimed modern spin on the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth classic arrives in New York The post Company: That Invincible Bunch, Reconsidered appeared first…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:50PM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Trouble in Mind: A Delayed Debut, Still Fresh and Troubling by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Alice Childress's biting play-within-a-play finally arrives on Broadway, more than sixty years after its premiere The post Trouble in Mind: A Delayed Debut, Still Fresh and T…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:52PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Diana, the Musical: The Princess and the Peepers by Elysa Gardner

★★☆☆☆A new musical offers a peek at the late Princess of Wales, and a lot of costume changes The post Diana, the Musical: The Princess and the Peepers appeared first on New York St…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:22PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Trevor: A Boy and His Diva by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆The Oscar-winning short film becomes a buoyant musical, in which Diana Ross looms large The post Trevor: A Boy and His Diva appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:39PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Caroline, or Change: Of Despair and Hope, and Singing Washing Machines by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ A London-based revival showcases the emotional range of the Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical The post Caroline, or Change: Of Despair and Hope, and Singing Washing Machine…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:50PM
Friday, October 15, 2021

The Fever: Wallace Shawn Wags His Finger, Again by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆ Lili Taylor plays Shawn's tortured traveler in a revival of the Obie Award-winning play The post The Fever: Wallace Shawn Wags His Finger, Again appeared first on New York St…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:00AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sanctuary City: Home Is Where the Hurt Is by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Young characters search for love and belonging, under duress, in Martyna Majok's shattering new play The post Sanctuary City: Home Is Where the Hurt Is appeared first on New …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:57PM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

What Happened? The Michaels Abroad: From Richard Nelson, More Food for the Soul by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ The playwright and director completes his Rhinebeck Panorama with a typically nourishing, and trenchant, work. The post What Happened? The Michaels Abroad: From Richard Nels…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:06PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

With Venues Reopening Across New York, Life Is a Cabaret Once Again by Elysa Gardner

The Great American Songbook, jazz, drag and more are returning to the small stages where intimacy and audience interaction are so key.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 02:42PM
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Blindness: Light, Flickering, at the End of a Tunnel by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Simon Stephens's stark, lyrical adaptation of the novel arrives in New York, for socially distanced audiences The post Blindness: Light, Flickering, at the End of a Tunnel ap…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:50PM
Sunday, December 13, 2020

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!: Silver Bells and Sequins, Tidings of Dysfunction and Joy by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ The restless multihyphenate revisits the season, virtually The post Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!: Silver Bells and Sequins, Tidings of Dysfunction and Joy appeare…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:20AM
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers by Elysa Gardner

Teens competing for the New York Cabaret Convention are proving that young people are invested in the Great American Songbook.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 09:32AM
Friday, October 16, 2020

Shipwreck: On Trump, Race, Privilege, Friendship and Other Vexing Matters by Elysa Gardner

★★★★☆ Anne Washburn and direct Saheem Ali mix the fantastical with the naturalistic in an audio version of this "History Play About 2017" The post Shipwreck: On Trump, Race, Privil…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:30PM
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Determined to Salvage the Fall, Cabaret Plots Its (Outdoor, Online) Return by Elysa Gardner

Making performances more accessible to audiences is part of the mission. Presenting shows that reflect the moment is another.

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 05:54PM
Thursday, April 30, 2020

What Do We Need to Talk About?: Apple Tart for the Soul by Elysa Gardner

Nelson's Apple Family returns, virtually, to engage and comfort deprived theater fans The post What Do We Need to Talk About?: Apple Tart for the Soul appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 02:20PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Intermission Talk: How Broadway Singing Fell Sway to Pop Music’s Excesses, and Why There’s Hope by Elysa Gardner

On keeping singing in musical theater about storytelling, rather than showboating The post Intermission Talk: How Broadway Singing Fell Sway to Pop Music’s Excesses, and Why There’s Hope…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:14PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

72 Miles to Go: A Family Torn by Borders by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆ A well-meaning new play documents a family's struggles after being separated from its undocumented matron The post 72 Miles to Go: A Family Torn by Borders appeared first on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM