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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Interview: Robin Abramson on Starring in the NY Revival of C.S. Lewis Bio-Play ‘Shadowlands’ and Her Favorite Narnia Book by Erin Kahn

In William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands, Oxford scholar and Christian writer C.S. Lewis (known to his friends as Jack) meets the much younger and much more abrasive Joy Davidman. Joy…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s ‘Tartuffe’ by Erin Kahn

Molière’s Tartuffe is a hilarious play, and sometimes it’s best to just let a comedy play without trying to project other things onto it. In my opinion, Phoenix Theatre Ensembl…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: Dracula at the Morris-Jumel Mansion by Erin Kahn

Despite its uncontested standing as the ultimate vampire story and a classic horror novel, Bram Stoker’s Dracula contains very little outright blood and gore. It’s implied, for …

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: FIRE by Erin Kahn

It isn’t until the final scene of Debra Whitfield’s new play FIRE that the drama’s various threads intertwine and the playwright’s ultimate purpose becomes clear. Ho…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interview: Ed Malone on Theatrical Clowning and Finding His Own ‘Home Place’ by Erin Kahn

Set in Donegal, Ireland in 1878, Brian Friel’s The Home Place (at Irish Repertory Theatre) dramatizes the racial tension between the native Irish and the ruling English. It also depic…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Frankenstein by Erin Kahn

Why is it so hard to create a successful adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? That was the question I pondered as I watched Eric B. Sirota’s new Frankenstein musical, direc…

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Interview: Ralph Lewis on Directing ‘Androboros,’ the United States’ 1st Published Play by Erin Kahn

Despite being one of the first plays ever written in America, Robert Hunter’s Androboros: Villain of the State has never been performed on a stage. That is, not until just last year, …

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Interview: Hannah Cabell on Playing Rosalind in John Doyle’s ‘As You Like It’ by Erin Kahn

John Doyle’s new CSC production of As You Like It features Hannah Cabell in the role of Rosalind: one of Shakespeare’s most indomitable and beloved heroines. The production also…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

What to Watch on BroadwayHD This October by Erin Kahn

Every month we highlight the best programming available on BroadwayHD, a streaming service for theater around the world.   Present Laughter If you missed Kevin Kline’s Tony-winning Br…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall 2017 Theatre Preview: Don’t Miss These Off-Broadway Shows by Erin Kahn

Summer is over. And while that may mean an end of Shakespeare in the Park and several other Off-Broadway productions, there’s still plenty of theater to enjoy in the fall. Trying to li…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: Desperate Measures by Erin Kahn

In this day and age, writing a musical in rhyming iambic pentameter is a little gutsy. To pull it off, you’re going to need a good playwright and a darn good cast. Happily, The York Th…

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Review: Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil by Erin Kahn

Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil, the cinema musical at St. Luke’s Theatre penned and performed by the Indiggo Twins, has a lot going for it. For one thing, the twins themselv…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Interview: Kenneth Mattice and Anastasia Malliaras on the World Premiere of ‘TESLA’ by Erin Kahn

TESLA, a multidisciplinary opera about inventor Nikola Tesla, who lived around the turn of the 19th century, premieres this week at SoBe Arts in Miami Beach, Florida. Written by Carson Kievm…

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Review: Edgar Allan by Erin Kahn

  When his two guardians ship eleven-year-old Edgar Allan off to boarding school, he couldn’t be happier. It’s a chance to sharpen his skills and gain an unparalleled educat…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Loveless Texas by Erin Kahn

As West Side Story and The Lion King demonstrate, Shakespeare-inspired musicals can work wonderfully — but only when done right. Happily, Boomerang Theatre Company’s Loveless …

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: The Constitution by Erin Kahn

How do you write the perfect constitution for a new government? That’s merely one of the questions Mickaël de Oliveira’s play The Constitution asks. Perhaps even more central th…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Review: If Only… by Erin Kahn

Thomas Klingenstein’s play If Only…, directed by Christopher McElroen at the Cherry Lane Theatre, is a moving depiction of the relationship between a white woman and a black ma…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: The Life and Death of Queen Margaret by Erin Kahn

If you run quickly through a list of Shakespeare’s tragedies you may notice something: Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear – the title characters are all men. Of course, there̵…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: New York Classical Theatre’s ‘Macbeth’ by Erin Kahn

“The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements,” Lady Macbeth exclaims, gesturing triumphantly at the sky. A particularly loud helicop…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! by Erin Kahn

Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona lends itself well to piracy, and director Ariel Leigh picks up on the hint in her swashbuckling production at The Brick. For my tastes,…

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Review: The Drilling Company’s ‘Henry VI Part 3’ by Erin Kahn

It’s a happy chance that for their second Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production this year, The Drilling Company chose not to stage Julius Caesar – though they considered it &…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: The Public Theater’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Erin Kahn

After its controversial, deeply serious production of Julius Caesar, The Public Theater’s second Shakespeare in the Park production aims for light-hearted fun and fantasy. A Midsummer…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: Goblin Market by Erin Kahn

Jennifer Jewell’s solo show Goblin Market is headed to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe later this summer. But first, Jewell performed her solo show at 59E59 Theatres in NYC. And if…

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Review: Classical Theatre of Harlem’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ by Erin Kahn

The story of The Three Musketeers has been adapted innumerable times for both the stage and screen, with varying degrees of success. Some productions veer so far from Alexandre Dumas’…

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NYMF Review: The Time Machine by Erin Kahn

“There are no set endings,” says Thomas, the hero of David Mauk’s and Brenda Mandabach’s musical The Time Machine (directed by Justin Baldridge at The Acorn Theatre a…

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NYMF Review: My Dear Watson by Erin Kahn

My Dear Watson (at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater for NYMF) is not exactly a new take on the story of Sherlock Holmes. In fact, it doesn’t take a consulting detective to predict most of t…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Interview: Mariaca Semprún, Venezuela’s ‘Queen of Musicals,’ Brings ‘Piaf’ To the U.S. by Erin Kahn

Mariaca Semprún is no stranger to musical theatre: in Venezuela, she’s known as “the Queen of Musicals.” An artist as popular as she is versatile, Semprún has acted in pr…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: Access Theater’s ‘Julius Caesar’ by Erin Kahn

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar seems to be a popular (or should we say unpopular?) play lately. Multiple NYC companies have included it in their summer repertoire, including the Public. B…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: Robin Hood by Erin Kahn

The story of Robin Hood is one that will always be relevant, which may be why it has endured so long and inspired so many adaptations: from more serious films like the Russell Crowe version,…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Interview: David M. Lutken on Playing Woody Guthrie All Over the World by Erin Kahn

Woody Sez (at the Irish Repertory Theatre through July 23) tells the story of American folk-protest singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie in his own words. The show features over 30 of Woody̵…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Bella: An American Tall Tale by Erin Kahn

“History is just a tall tale,” sings the chorus in Bella: An American Tall Tale – a new musical from Kirsten Childs (directed by Robert O’Hara at Playwrights Horizons…

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