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Monday, July 6, 2020

Interview: Actor Tim Palmer talks ‘The Listening Room,’ his Shakespearean dream role, and moving from a small English town to NYC by Erin Kahn

For actor Tim Palmer, born and raised in the English countryside, moving to NYC to pursue theatre was a bit of a culture shock. But if his recent explosive performance in Nylon Fusion’s T…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review: ‘The Room Plays’ – Eden Theater’s new Zoom shorts – Start on the Right Foot by Erin Kahn

A cynical loner meets her match. A young couple discovers a dangerous artifact. An eccentric bride tries to pick up the pieces of her life.And it’s all on Zoom. Eden Theater Company’s ne…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Review: APAC’s ‘Jump’ asks the hard questions by Erin Kahn

Are there warning signs? Does it take a certain strength to go through with it (or not go through with it)? Afterward, how do those left behind cope with what has happened? These are just a …

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Review: Mime Bill Bowers takes a journey of pure joy in ‘The Traveler’ by Erin Kahn

“I’m going to a mime performance. I have no idea what to expect.” Such were my parting words to my roommate as I left my apartment and traveled downtown to Theatre Row. “Should be in…

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: The Listening Room by Erin Kahn

Full transparency: I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Listening Room at the New Ohio Theatre. But here’s what I got: a high stakes, edge-of-my-seat, thrilling yet somehow poetic dys…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: Macbeth at CSC by Erin Kahn

Macbeth is a play that can easily get out of hand. Witches, murders, and a semi-psychotic title character can quickly devolve into a blood bath starring a raging tyrant, with a side show of …

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Review: Cady Huffman soars in the NY Premiere of ‘Marguerite’ by Erin Kahn

A new musical by Anton Dudley and Michael Cooper, Marguerite tells the inspiring true story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Canada’s first female saint. On a mission to “uncloister” women i…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Review: The Shakespeare Forum’s Othello(s) by Erin Kahn

After last year’s revelatory Lear, the Shakespeare Forum mounts another bold, insightful production for El Barrio’s Shakespeare Festival 2019. This time, it’s Othello(s)–a work th…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: APAC’s ‘Caroline, or Change’ is a soulful tour de force by Erin Kahn

If you missed the Tony nominated and Olivier Award winning Caroline, or Change when it was in New York several years ago, I have good news: there’s a fantastic production currently running…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: NY Classical’s The Importance of Being Earnest by Erin Kahn

The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, and watching NY Classical’s new production at A.R.T./New York Theatres, it’s easy to see why. No word …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review of ‘The Naturalists’ by Erin Kahn

When Francis and Billy Sloane talk about moving into the house up on the hill—once they’ve fixed it up, of course—their words carry a sense of futility. These characters will never mov…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Review of ‘Don Giovanni’ by Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble by Erin Kahn

In the program notes to the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s production of Don Giovanni, director Owen Horsley mentions the #MeToo movement, and Mozart’s opera about the legendar…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Review of ‘Carmen Jones’ by Erin Kahn

Carmen Jones, currently playing at Classic Stage Company, is pretty much what you’d expect from a show directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill…

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Review of ‘Dietrich’ by Erin Kahn

Nearly 30 years ago, Marlene Dietrich — a German actress who rose to stardom via the 1930 film Blue Angel — left Berlin for Hollywood. There, and later in Paris, she spent years…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review of ‘LEAR’ at El Barrio’s Shakespeare Festival by Erin Kahn

Shakespeare’s King Lear is one of the greatest roles in the Western canon, and the true test of any Lear production is how convincingly (and how devastatingly) the lead actor can por…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review of ‘Marlowe’s Fate’ by Erin Kahn

Exhibit A: William Shakespeare. Arguably the greatest playwright who ever lived, he gave us masterpieces of English literature like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar…or did h…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Review of ‘Light Shining in Buckinghamshire’ by Erin Kahn

Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is an incredibly dense play. And the production at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by the usually brilliant Rachel Chavkin, feels…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review of Anne Carrere in ‘Piaf! The Show’ by Erin Kahn

Edith Piaf may have risen to stardom in the late 1930s, but she started out as a Parisian street singer, and that’s where Piaf! The Show (at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall) begins. …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review of ‘The Lucky Ones’ by Erin Kahn

“This is a true story, even the parts that never happened.” So we’re told at the beginning of The Lucky Ones – a musical by folk rock duo The Bengsons (and Sarah Gan…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review of ‘The Dream of the Rood’ by Erin Kahn

“The Dream of the Rood” is an Old English poem about a talking cross – specifically, the cross on which Christ was crucified. Once a vehicle for administering punishment to…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: Arin Arbus’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ Makes Shakespeare’s Craziest Stage Direction Even Crazier – And It Works by Erin Kahn

Arin Arbus doesn’t beat around the bush in her production of Shakespeare’s tragicomedy The Winter’s Tale (at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonksy Shakespeare Center…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: Why did Shakespeare leave his wife his ‘second best bed’? ‘Shakespeare’s Will’ offers one hypothesis. by Erin Kahn

Apparently, being William Shakespeare’s wife was a pretty thankless task. At least, that’s what Anne Hathaway leads us to believe in Vern Thiessen’s show Shakespeare’…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Klezmer Music and the Search for Human Connection Fuel ‘Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story’ by Erin Kahn

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (at 59E59 Theaters) is definitely a different kind of theatrical experience. Conceptually, it’s beautiful: a cast and set that emerge from a giant ship…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Interview: ‘Folk Wandering’ Director Andrew Neisler on Why It’s Important to Create a Safe Space with Collaborators by Erin Kahn

From Pipeline Theatre Company, Folk Wandering tells the stories of three different women across three different eras – Rosealia (1911), Kai (1933), and Hannah (1955). Conceived by Andr…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Karen Jones Meadows is Electric as Harriet Tubman, Age 6 to 90, in ‘Harriet’s Return’ by Erin Kahn

I have mixed feelings about solo shows, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Karen Jones Meadows’ one woman show Harriet’s Return (written and performed by Meadows under th…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Remembering ‘West Side Story,’ ‘In The Heights,’ and ‘Great Comet’ at BroadwayCon 2018: Audition Mishaps, Dressing Room Raids, and More! by Erin Kahn

While BroadwayCon 2018 gave us a first look at some of the new shows heading to Broadway this season, it also gave us a chance to reminisce about some shows that, while no longer lighting up…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

BroadwayCon 2018: Norm Lewis, Sandra Joseph, Lesli Margherita and Other Stars on Chasing the Broadway Dream by Erin Kahn

At BroadwayCon 2018, we heard from a number of different actors – from George Salazar to Lesli Margherita. They talked about life as an actor, why it’s important to follow your d…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Why They Tell the Story: Lynn Ahrens, Christy Altomare, and Hailey Kilgore at BroadwayCon 2018 by Erin Kahn

At BroadwayCon 2018, we got a special treat: a celebration of Broadway creative team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, featuring Ahrens herself alongside Christy Altomare (Anya in Anastasia)…

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See the Amazing Fan Costumes at the BroadwayCon 2018 Cosplay and Fashion Show by Erin Kahn

One of the best parts of BroadwayCon is undoubtedly all the cosplay! And BroadwayCon 2018 did not disappoint. It’s clear that a lot of attendees put a lot of time into their costumes &…

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10 Best Moments of BroadwayCon 2018 by Erin Kahn

BroadwayCon 2018 was full of great moments: spine-tingling solos, surprise Skype sessions with stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Rory O’Malley (who talked to us during a backstage break…

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5 Things We Learned from BroadwayCon’s SpongeBob Squarepants Show Spotlight by Erin Kahn

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? The newest Broadway musical. And if you think Spongebob Squarepants sounds like a terrible idea for a Broadway musical – you’re not alone.…

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