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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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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review of ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ by Elyse Trevers

Long before there was the jukebox musical, there was the musical revue, and few songwriters have as many fabulous songs worthy of a musical revue than Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. The show…

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Review of ‘Peace for Mary Frances’ by Elyse Trevers

I would pay to see any production that features 87-year-old actress Lois Smith, even if she were only reading the telephone book. In her latest role, Smith plays 90-year-old Mary Frances who…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review of ‘Saint Joan’ by Elyse Trevers

Who was Saint Joan? Subject of many books, movies and plays, The Maid, as she was sometimes called, has been a fascinating historical figure. Defying her gender and station, she was able to…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review of ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ by Elyse Trevers

What? Another jukebox musical? On the surface, singer-songwriter Donna Summer is an ideal subject for a jukebox musical. She sold more than 140 million records worldwide during her career, w…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review of ‘My Fair Lady’ by Elyse Trevers

It’s one classic Lerner and Loewe song after another: “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face,” “On The Street Where You Live,” “I Could Have Danced All Night.” I’d forgotte…

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Review of ‘Travesties’ by Elyse Trevers

Be sure to bring a dictionary and a copy of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest with you when you attend the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review of ‘Lobby Hero’ by Elyse Trevers

Jeff is a “f-ck up.”  Kicked out of the Navy and in debt, he’s living in one room that he rents from his brother.  For the last nine months, he’s been working the graveyard shi…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review of ‘Frozen’ by Elyse Trevers

If you were a fan of the blockbuster movie Frozen, or better yet, saw it with a little person as I did, you were excited when Disney announced their plan to produce a Broadway version. In ou…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Musicals Tonight! Closes Shop after 20 Years with ‘Calamity Jane’ by Elyse Trevers

March is Women’s History Month. What better way to spend a few hours than with Calamity Jane, a real life frontierswoman and professional scout?  Presented by Musicals Tonight!, the music…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: Sarah Burgess and ‘Hamilton’ Director Thomas Kail Team Up for ‘Kings’, a Play about Money and Politics by Elyse Trevers

Playwright Sarah Burgess impressed theater audiences in 2016 with her play Dry Powder, an insightful behind-the scenes picture of private equity firms.  Directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton) a…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Review: Cherry Lane’s ‘A Walk With Mr. Heifetz’ by Elyse Trevers

The title of the new play by James Inverne at The Cherry Lane Theatre is misleading.  A Walk With Mr. Heifetz sounds like a play focused upon the famous Russian-born Jewish violinist.  Yet…

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