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Thursday, April 25, 2024

The Great Gatsby review – a literary classic becomes a Broadway dud by Gloria Oladipo

The Broadway Theatre, New York F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel makes an underwhelming transfer to the stage in a bombastic yet misfiring new production The musical currently playing at the Broa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:00PM
Thursday, March 14, 2024

The Notebook review – hit romance lands on Broadway a little underwritten by Gloria Oladipo

Schoenfeld Theatre, New York The much-loved romantic drama, made into a hit movie in 2004, reaches Broadway with some parts intact but with others sorely missing For diehard fans of romantic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:00PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Brooklyn Laundry review – John Patrick Shanley’s sudsy drama is a washout by Gloria Oladipo

New York City Center, New York David Zayas and Cecily Strong try to breathe life into a small-scale tale but are betrayed by lackluster dialogue and a thin plot It’s hard to discern a high…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06PM
Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: ‘I’ve stopped needing to ask for permission’ by Gloria Oladipo

The two-time Pulitzer prize finalist talks his starry Broadway play Appropriate and handling the pressures put on Black playwrights Branden Jacobs-Jenkins invites you to look. The playwright…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM
Friday, November 3, 2023

I Need That review – Danny DeVito makes an awkward return to Broadway by Gloria Oladipo

American Airlines Theatre, New York A funny performance from the actor is the only saving grace of Theresa Rebeck’s messy comedy drama about a hoarder Dear non-Black playwrights with a pan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Here We Are review – posthumous Stephen Sondheim musical is hit-and-miss by Gloria Oladipo

The Shed, New York The legendary composer and lyricist’s take on two surrealist Luis Buñuel movies is a patchy satire With much anticipation, Stephen Sondheim’s final musical, Here We A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:37AM
Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding review – wildly entertaining but overstuffed by Gloria Oladipo

Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York The Harlem-set comedy drama is a delightful ode and visual feast, but efforts to cover too much ground are a hindrance An African hair braiding shop is it…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:37PM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

‘A crisis unlike any other’: famed LA theater cancels upcoming season amid financial woes by Gloria Oladipo

The Mark Taper Forum’s new season – featuring female and non-binary playwrights – was scratched and layoffs were announced A theater that has become the mainstay of Los Angeles’ arts…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:13AM
Thursday, April 13, 2023

Fat Ham review – Pulitzer-winning Hamlet revision hits Broadway by Gloria Oladipo

American Airlines Theatre, New York James Ijames’s electrifying take on Shakespeare’s classic, with a Black queer man at its centre, makes for a smart update James Ijames’s Fat Ham dan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

A Doll’s House review – Jessica Chastain captivates in minimalist revival by Gloria Oladipo

Hudson Theatre, New York The Oscar winner makes for an exceptional Nora in a visually muted yet emotionally effective remount of Ibsen’s classic drama Gone is the elaborate 19th-century ho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:30PM
Friday, December 9, 2022

Ohio State Murders review – Audra McDonald soars in an unsteady mystery by Gloria Oladipo

James Earl Jones Theatre, New York The Broadway debut of 91-year-old playwright Adrienne Kennedy provides its captivating lead star with stellar moments but lacks insight Ohio State Murders …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18AM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Ain’t No Mo review – absurdist and uneven satire about race in America by Gloria Oladipo

Belasco Theatre, New York Jordan E Cooper’s lively and provocative Broadway debut has moments of insight and wit but some of its targets feel dated “Ain’t no mo tears to be shed. Ain�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Topdog/Underdog review – Corey Hawkins triumphs in Suzan Lori-Parks revival by Gloria Oladipo

Golden Theatre, New York The actor makes a searing impact in the surreal Pulitzer prize-winning play about two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, struggling to get by in America Abraham Lincoln wa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:19PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Piano Lesson review – August Wilson revival hits a bum note by Gloria Oladipo

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York John David Washington and Samuel L Jackson star in a tonally misjudged drama oddly played for awkward laughs August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson is not a com…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:30PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

L Morgan Lee on making Broadway history: ‘I could not stop crying’ by Gloria Oladipo

The actor has become the first openly trans performer to receive a Tony nomination for her role in the Pulitzer prize-winning musical A Strange Loop L Morgan Lee, the first openly trans pers…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Strange Loop review – Michael R Jackson’s thrilling Broadway triumph by Gloria Oladipo

Lyceum Theatre, New York The audacious and uproarious musical, which leads this year’s Tony nominations, is a meta masterpiece about a Black queer writer writing about a Black queer writer…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

for colored girls: the 40-year-old masterwork that’s still inspiring audiences by Gloria Oladipo

A Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s ‘choreopoem’ shows how it remains relevant In the first five minutes of the late artist Ntozake Shange’s masterwork, for colored…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:13PM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Thoughts of a Colored Man review – Black Brooklyn life explored on Broadway by Gloria Oladipo

John Golden Theatre, New York The first Broadway show to be written, directed by, starring and produced by Black artists offers a patchy mix of insight and unoriginality What does it mean to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Chicken and Biscuits review – under-baked Broadway comedy by Gloria Oladipo

Circle in the Square Theatre, New York A funeral at a Black church promises chaotic and culturally specific comedy but the end-product feels more like a broad, lukewarm sitcom “It’s not …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:34PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards