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Friday, October 18, 2019

Review: The Pout-Pout Fish by Elyse Trevers

Want to keep your kids away from screens?  Take them to the theater; it’s never too early! Often the best introduction the theater is something familiar, a show based upon a favorite book…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: Fern Hill by Elyse Trevers

Some plays are age specific and attract a certain demographic. “Fern Hill,” written by actor-playwright Michael Tucker (L.A. Law,) deals with three couples who are long-time friends. The…

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Review: Tech Support by Elyse Trevers

Writers have long been fascinated with time travel. Characters go back in time to try to change things (“Back To The Future.”) and sometimes even meet famous people. Sometimes they go fo…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review: Bat Out Of Hell The Musical by Elyse Trevers

Good quality ice cream doesn’t need a lot of stuff – whipped cream, sprinkles, syrup and a cherry on top. Just enjoy the pure flavor of chocolate or vanilla. The same can be said of Broa…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

#DateMe: An OK Cupid Experiment by Elyse Trevers

Despite being married, I am familiar with online dating sites. I’ve helped one single friend scroll through her options, another create profiles (she fibbed about her age,) and a third alp…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: Black Hole Wedding by Elyse Trevers

Usually it takes a lot of money, time and practice to present a new full-length musical, yet between July 8 and August 30, New York Musical Festival will offer 30 new full-length musicals. S…

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Review: Not Even The Good Things by Elyse Trevers

After seeing “Not Even the Good Things,” we left Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre filled with questions. Who was the little girl? Why was Bill the only one who could see her? Why did Bill …

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review – Tony Stone by Elyse Trevers

Times have changed. Or have they? Yesterday was a day filled with special events featuring female sports figures. On TV Wimbledon featured the women’s semi-finals from London. In New York,…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Review: Kate Hamill’s “Little Women” by Elyse Trevers

Playwright -actress Kate Hamill did such a creative job with her campy adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” using men to play women’s roles that I eagerly anticipated her version of “…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Review: Octet by Elyse Trevers

My friend recently posted on Facebook, “I love/hate being addicted to my phone.” Dave Malloy’s beautiful new musical “Octet,” at The Pershing Square Signature Center might provide …

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: Public Servant by Elyse Trevers

“I hate politicians!” Miriam emphatically announces as she struggles to negotiate government bureaucracy. All around me in Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre, audience members quietly nodde…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: Happy Talk by Elyse Trevers

Although not a particularly good actress, Lorraine is always playing a part. Fortunately for the audience, Lorraine is portrayed by a particularly good actress, Susan Sarandon. In his new pl…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Review: William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” / Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” by Elyse Trevers

Classic plays have universal themes and meaningful dialogue. Often the challenge for modern directors is how to mount the plays creatively and who to cast in iconic roles. William Shakespear…

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Review – Gary : A Sequel To Titus Andronicus by Elyse Trevers

Before there were the gory massacres and rapes of GOT, there was “Titus Andronicus,” one of Shakespeare’s first tragedies. A revenge play, it was one of his most violent works ,and in …

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma by Elyse Trevers

Who would have ever thought the words ‘dark’ and ‘sexual’ would ever apply to the 1943 classic musical Oklahoma?  Without considerable changes to the script or the music, direct…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Review: The Cradle Will Rock by Elyse Trevers

The original production of the 1937 play with music, “The Cradle Will Rock” by Marc Blitzstein was almost as significant as the show itself. The play, which was funded under the WPA’s …

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: Superhero by Elyse Trevers

“We don’t need another hero,” sang Tina Turner. Well, maybe we don’t really need another musical about superheroes either. The short-lived Off-Broadway musical “Superhero,” with …

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Review: Chick Flick by Elyse Trevers

Four women gather to drink wine and share confidences.  Meeting periodically, they share share films, personal triumphs and heartbreak.  Although women are independent and strong, they wil…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Review: Merrily We Roll Along by Elyse Trevers

For some of us fans, Stephen Sondheim can do no wrong. However, that is not to say all of his musicals have been winners. “Merrily We Roll Along” has always been described as a ‘proble…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: Nassim by Elyse Trevers

Rotating casts with guest performers have become common in Off-Broadway theater.  Sometimes, actors appear for only few weeks, other times they stay for months and often appear in front of …

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Review: “Clueless, The Musical” by Elyse Trevers

Some movies are better left on the screen. However, that doesn’t stop producers from trying to make shows out of them.  Based upon her 1995 movie “Clueless”, Amy Heckerling has create…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: Lifespan of A Fact by Elyse Trevers

People believe anything they see, in reputable publications and even on Wikipedia. They accept every number, name and fact as truth.  This places a great deal of responsibility on the media…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Review: The Waverly Gallery by Elyse Trevers

There are several stages of dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s and the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s play “The Waverly Gallery” will take us through all of them. There’s humor a…

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Review: Gloria: A Life by Elyse Trevers

The midterm elections are over and a record-number of women won seats in the House of Representatives.  As of November 11, there were 99 compared to the 12 – 30 years ago when Nancy P…

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Review: The Ferryman by Elyse Trevers

The prologue sets the tone that will quietly pervade the lengthy work “The Ferryman,” the new masterful work by Jez Butterworth, (“Jerusalem”):  When a dead body is discovered in a …

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review of ‘Popcorn Falls’ by Elyse Trevers

Sometimes the charm of Off-Broadway theater is in doing a lot with a little.  Often, the simpler it is, the more charming it is.  There is virtually no scenery in Popcorn Falls, the new tw…

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Review of ‘The True’ by Elyse Trevers

Polly is brash and unstoppable. More significantly, she is totally loyal and true, both to the Democratic Party and to her candidate, long-term mayor Erastus Corning II.  And as portrayed …

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review of ‘Pretty Woman’ by Elyse Trevers

The clothes are the same, most of the dialogue is the same and of course, the story arc is the same — so why doesn’t Pretty Woman: The Musical have the same appeal as the 1990 movie …

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review of ‘Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin’ by Elyse Trevers

Isn’t it ironic that a Jewish immigrant from Belarus wrote “White Christmas,” one of the most beloved Christmas songs, as well as one of the most patriotic American songs, “God Bless…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Review of ‘Skintight’ by Elyse Trevers

For some of us theatergoers, actress-singer Idina Menzel can do no wrong. From Rent to Wicked to Frozen, and even TV’s Glee, she has thrilled viewers with her vocal and acting skills. Now…

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Review of the Public Theater’s ‘Twelfth Night’ by Elyse Trevers

Oh, what a night!  Although somewhat overcast with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, the mood onstage for Twelfth Night in Central Park at The Delacorte Theater couldn’t have been s…

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