All stories by Elyse Trevers on BroadwayStars

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Paradise Square by Elyse Trevers

Once upon a time there was a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan called The Five Points. For over 70 years, it was a crowded slum, populated mostly by newly -freed slaves and ethnic Irish. Altho…

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

POTUS by Elyse Trevers

A female press secretary, a female chief of staff, a first lady and several female assistants but even all of them together can’t keep the hapless president from occasionally opening his m…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Hangmen by Elyse Trevers

Black comedy, or gallows humor, is a style of story telling that makes light of subject matter usually considered somewhat taboo, like death, suicide and disease. Either term applies to Mart…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 11:06AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Minutes by Elyse Trevers

“The Minutes” Playwright Tracy Letts possesses the extraordinary ability to lull an audience into expecting something dry and ordinary but then making it explosive. Teaming up again with…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 02:01PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Birthday Candles by Elyse Trevers

Food is often the centerpiece of family holidays and celebrations. In “Birthday Candles”, the new play presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre, the s…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 05:08PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

Harmony by Elyse Trevers

Photo by Julieta Cervantes When TV’s Murphy Brown was mocking singer Barry Manilow, I was buying his albums and attending his concerts. I was unabashedly a Fanilow. So I looked forward to …

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 10:36AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

Take Me Out by Elyse Trevers

What a quandary! There was a new show to review, but it was opening night for my favorite baseball team. Which one should I choose? The theater won this time. A timely revival of Richard Gee…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:32AM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Plaza Suite by Elyse Trevers

When we see married actor couples working together on stage, we feel a special connection. It’s as if we are in on the joke. We expect chemistry and smile when they kiss and caress because…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 06:38PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The Music Man by Elyse Trevers

When was the last time you smiled for two hours? Were you wearing a mask? Under their masks, audiences at the Winter Garden Theater are grinning broadly eight times a week. Despite any criti…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 12:35PM
Friday, February 25, 2022

Skeleton Crew by Elyse Trevers

For many audiences, Phylicia Rashad will always be the elegant unflappable TV wife/mother/lawyer in The Cosby Show. She came into their homes every Thursday like a welcome friend. After the …

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:04PM
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Intimate Apparel by Elyse Trevers

Lynn Nottage must be the hardest-working playwright in New York, having written three shows for the Fall 2022 season. First was Clyde, a terrific show about ex-convicts and second chances. D…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 01:40PM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Elyse Trevers

A viewer should be prepared for intense theater when attending a Eugene O’Neill play. If the show is “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” she should be ready for a lengthy assault on her…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 02:35PM
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by Elyse Trevers

It’s been almost 25 years since the 1997 release of the first Harry Potter book. Its young readers have grown up, gotten jobs and now have families of their own. Do the Harry Potter charac…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 05:11PM
Friday, January 21, 2022

Assassins by Elyse Trevers

Only Stephen Sondheim could have taken a motley group of would-be murderers and made them sympathetic and funny. At one time, a musical about killing presidents would have been controversial…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:07AM
Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe by Elyse Trevers

It felt strange to be attending a show last Saturday night instead of sitting in front of the television waiting for SNL to begin. Fortunately, the play was “The Search for Signs of Intell…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 11:40AM
Sunday, December 26, 2021

Company by Elyse Trevers

By now, everyone associated with musical theater has written a tribute to legend Stephen Sondheim who died Nov. 26, 2021 at age 91. Productive until the end, Sondheim died while working on a…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 02:09PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire by Elyse Trevers

First let’s get rid of the elephant in the room- Rob McClure, hardworking star of Broadway’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” is NOT Robin Williams who created the 1993 movie role. However, he doesn…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 12:30PM
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Trouble in Mind by Elyse Trevers

“What’s your justification?” demands the director, prodding his actors to consider their characters’ motivations in the play “Trouble in Mind.” Playwright Alice Childress had her…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 09:17AM
Friday, December 3, 2021

Clyde by Elyse Trevers

For some, food is merely sustenance; for others, it is an art form. And for the former convicts who work at Clyde’s, a truck stop in Berks County, Pennsylvania, the perfect sandwich may of…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 04:26PM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Morning’s at Seven by Elyse Trevers

Siblings can be a blessing. It’s even nicer when they live nearby. In “Morning’s at Seven,” the revival of Paul Osborne’s play at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, they are a little …

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 04:57PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The Visitor by Elyse Trevers

Photo credit: Joan Marcus We have a conflict in America. While it is built on the shoulders of immigrants,and the Statue of Liberty stands tall in New york harbor, our policies discourage im…

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Girl From the North Country by Elyse Trevers

A group of characters gather at Laine’s boarding house. They are running away from something or to something. It is 1934 in Duluth, MI, ( actual birthplace of Bob Dylan) and people are sti…

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Mrs.Warren’s Profession by Elyse Trevers

The playwright George Bernard Shaw must have been a feminist long before the movement became popular. He used his plays to decry the few opportunities for women and observed how they were be…

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Thoughts of a Colored Man by Elyse Trevers

  One young man rejects a scholarship to MIT so he can stay home to care for his mother and younger siblings; he’s Depression. An older Nigerian man shares knowledge and tales from his yo…

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Fairycakes by Elyse Trevers

If I had a product to sell, I’d hire comedian /actress Jackie Hoffman to be my spokesperson. With her rubbery face and perpetually dour expression, she’s believable. She would never lie!…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 05:28PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother ( a learning Play) by Elyse Trevers

The playbill for Bertolt Brecht’s play The Mother suggests immediately that the drama at The Performing Garage will be unique. Brecht himself noted that the aim of the play is not to enter…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 04:42PM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Lehman Trilogy by Elyse Trevers

On September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. It was the climax of the subprime mortgage crisis, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, involving more than US $600 bi…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 03:54PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues by Elyse Trevers

Ruben Santiago-Hudson was raised by his grandmother. So he did what any talented theater person would do-he wrote a play about her! “Lackawanna Blues” is Santiago-Hudson’s paean to his…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 01:14PM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Six The Musical by Elyse Trevers

To many,“Six the Musical” was the show that was mere hours away from opening night when Broadway shut down in March 2020. A smash hit in London’s West End, the show had already created…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 06:47PM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Pass Over by Elyse Trevers

Language plays a significant role in “Pass Over,” the play by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, whether through repetition, ambiguity or cultural references. It begins with the title referring…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 05:13PM
Monday, July 26, 2021

King Lear by Elyse Trevers

“I don’t remember Christopher Lloyd,” said the woman sitting behind us in the outdoor theater. “Jim from the TV show Taxi,” we reminded her. “Oh, the crazy one.” For some, Lloy…

SOURCE: stagebuddy.com at 11:45AM