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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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Thursday, February 1, 2018

BroadwayCon 2018: Steven Levenson, Noah Galvin, and Taylor Trensch Talk ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Erin Kahn

The Dear Evan Hansen vibe was strong at BroadwayCon 2018. And most of Evan’s fans showed up for the Dear Evan Hansen Show Spotlight on Saturday. Dave Quinn of People Magazine chatted w…

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5 Things We Learned At BroadwayCon’s ‘Frozen’ Show Spotlight by Erin Kahn

At BroadwayCon 2018, we got a first listen to Disney’s newest Broadway musical: Frozen. Songwriting husband and wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who worked on both th…

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All That Jazz: ‘Chicago’ Show Spotlight at BroadwayCon 2018 by Erin Kahn

With a 21-year run and counting, Chicago is the longest-running American musical on Broadway (Phantom is British, if you’re wondering). At BroadwayCon 2018, Chicago debuted a new musi…

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BroadwayCon 2018: The Cast of ‘The Band’s Visit’ on Diversity, Language, and Loneliness by Erin Kahn

At BroadwayCon 2018, we got to hear from the cast of one of the most anticipated shows on Broadway this season: The Band’s Visit. Cast members Jonathan Raviv, Etai Benson, George Abud,…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BroadwayCon First Look Announces 5 Shows Coming In 2018 by Erin Kahn

One of the most anticipated events at BroadwayCon each year has got to be the BroadwayCon First Look. Where else can you hear first hand about the hottest new shows hitting Broadway in the c…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night by Erin Kahn

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will has been called Shakespeare’s perfect play. In the same spirit, I’d call Fiasco Theater’s production of Twelfth Night (directed by Noah Bro…

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Interview: Mark Edwards on Jersey Boy Nick Massi and Why We Need Theatre Now More than Ever by Erin Kahn

If you mourned the closing of Jersey Boys after its 11-year run on Broadway earlier this year, you’ll be pleased to learn that the boys from Jersey are back in New York City — th…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: The Dead, 1904 by Erin Kahn

As you approach the stairs leading up to the immersive production of The Dead, 1904 — directed by Ciaran O’Reilly at the American Irish Historical Society — you’re …

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: It’s a Wonderful Life – The Live Radio Play by Erin Kahn

If you’re looking for a delightful little Christmas show with a good dose of old-fashioned charm, the production of It’s a Wonderful Life currently playing at Irish Repertory Th…

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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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