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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Home by Elyse Trevers

Cephus Miles never wanted to leave his home in Crossroads, North Carolina. The central figure of the beautiful revival of Samm – Art Williams’s “Home” presented at Roundabout’s Tod…

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

The Lonely Few by Elyse Trevers

Can two extremely talented female performers overcome their history of unhappy relationships and learn to love again? Zoe Sarnak and Rachel Bonds’s rock musical, The Lonely Few, is a lesbi…

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Monday, June 3, 2024

Molly Sweeney by Elyse Trevers

Brian Friel’s play “Molly Sweeney” directed by Charlotte Moore is staged in the simplest form imaginable. The three major characters are seated in chairs on stage. They speak directly …

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Winesday: The Wine Tasting Musical by Elyse Trevers

It’s estimated that there are over 5 million people who belong to book clubs and 80% of the participants are women. Some of the clubs are organized and have a paid leader while others are …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Here There Were Blueberries by Elyse Trevers

The NYTW production of “Here There Were Blueberries” in a co-production with Tectonic Theater Project, begins with a single object onstage. It is a Leica camera and the narrator explains…

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Stereophonic by Elyse Trevers

Imagine you are the fly on the wall in a recording studio. One of your favorite groups is scheduled to record its latest album. It’s the 1970’s, and the group has an album on The Billboa…

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Monday, May 13, 2024

The Heart of Rock and Roll by Elyse Trevers

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Uncle Vanya by Elyse Trevers

The revision of “Uncle Vanya” at Lincoln Center is notable for two reasons. One is that it has been modernized by Heidi Schreck (“What the Constitution Means to Me”) making it more r…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Mother Play : A Play in Five Evictions by Elyse Trevers

As we approach Mother’s Day, it was fitting that two of the plays I saw this week had mothers as central characters, and they could not have been more different. “Mary Jane” is loving,…

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Patriots by Elyse Trevers

Fans of “The Crown” written by Peter Morgan may flock to see “Patriots,” his new Broadway play but they will discover a very different historical drama. However, the trip is worth it…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club by Elyse Trevers

One problem with revivals is that creatives often feel a need to change things up. So they might use a different time, setting, storyline and sometimes even remove music. The recent revival …

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Mary Jane by Elyse Trevers

Few film actors can easily transition from film to the stage with live audiences and no do-overs. Yet Rachel McAdams makes a splendid Broadway debut in the revival of Amy Herzog’s play “…

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Friday, April 26, 2024

The Great Gatsby by Elyse Trevers

In 2002, Long Island Reads initiated a program designed to bring together readers in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to discuss a Long Island-related book. Unsurprisingly, the first book was the…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Outsiders by Elyse Trevers

Years ago, I taught the book The Outsiders to classes of teenagers. My students were intrigued by the two warring gangs separated by economic circumstances: the Socs, wealthy kids in madras …

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Wiz by Elyse Trevers

Adaptations are common in theater and often popular shows are revised and modified to reach different audiences. Shakespeare is a favorite source of material.“Hamlet” inspired “Fat Ham…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Who’s Tommy by Elyse Trevers

“The Who’s Tommy” The music from “The Who’s Tommy” is part of the fabric of my life. I grew up singing it, hearing it and loving it. Snatches of songs immediately evoke images an…

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Water for Elephants by Elyse Trevers

I was 14 years old when i went to the circus for the first time. I don’t recollect any of the acts, but I can remember the sideshow and even bought a souvenir ‘giant’ size ring. Overal…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

An Enemy of the People by Elyse Trevers

It’s good to know that classical theater continues to be relevant. Although “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen was written in 1882, it feels pertinent today, and as I sat in the …

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

The Notebook by Elyse Trevers

Creating a musical from a successful book and movie is a mixed bag. The upside is that the material already has thousands of loyal fans. At the same time, it attracts audiences with expectat…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Doubt by Elyse Trevers

If you ever watched “The Office” (and is there anyone who hasn’t?) you know Holly Flax, the HR person who becomes Michael’s girlfriend. Played by Amy Ryan, she is always smiling, opt…

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Friday, March 8, 2024

The Connector by Elyse Trevers

The latest musical by Jason Robert Brown about working and fact-checking is set at a famous New York magazine in the late 1990’s before the term “fake news” became so popular. Those of…

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

A Sign of the Times by Elyse Trevers

There’s a scene in a dark version of Cinderella where the stepsisters, anxious to make the glass slipper fit, cut off their own toes. They will do anything they can to cram their feet in �…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Jonah by Elyse Trevers

Who is Jonah? Is he the awkward, bumbling sweet young man infatuated with Ana (Gabby Beans) or is he symbolic of something more? During the first part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s p…

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Prayer for the French Republic by Elyse Trevers

Towards the end of “A Prayer for The French Republic,” the latest play by Josh Harmon, Grandpa Pierre (played by Richard Masur) asks his family “Why do they hate us?” Then follows a …

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Appropriate by Elyse Trevers

Every family has its baggage but the Layayette family seems to have more than most. Secrets, resentment, and anger all surface with the death of the patriarch of the family as the three sibl…

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Buena Vista Social Club by Elyse Trevers

It’s the 1950’s, and the Cuban revolution is heating up outside, but the music inside the Buena Vista Social Club is even hotter. While the social club is defunct, the Cuban music remain…

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Operation Mincement: A New Musical by Elyse Trevers

I saw three shows during my busman’s holiday in London over Martin Luther King weekend. Of the three, the most ‘English’ was Operation Mincemeat, an uproarious musical satire based upo…

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Guys & Dolls by Elyse Trevers

How does a musical that is quintessentially New York distinguish itself in London? Especially when it is a classic show that premiered in 1950. How can it be mounted to make it unique and ap…

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

The Motive and The Cue by Elyse Trevers

On the recent three day MLK weekend, I took a busman’s holiday, flew to London and attended several shows. The first one I saw was The Motive and the Cue, presented by the National Theatre…

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Gardens of Anuncia by Elyse Trevers

Should you talk to your plants? Science shows that the sound of a human voice helps them grow. It’s also therapeutic for the gardener. In “The Gardens of Anuncia” at Lincoln Center The…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Gutenberg! The Musical! by Elyse Trevers

Who was Johannes Gutenberg? We all know him as the inventor of the printing press which enabled more people to learn how to read.In the musical “Gutenberg,” playwrights Doug (Andrew Rann…

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