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Monday, June 18, 2018

OTHELLO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings some of our current understandings regarding race and gender to the Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Othello at the Delacorte Theater in Cen…

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PASS OVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

As the American public-at-large begins (hopefully) at long last to understand the embedded and pervasive racism that is a part of the warp and woof of the fabric of our history, past and pre…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

LITTLE ROCK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Trust the kids. It's their story. Get out of the way and let them tell it.

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ALL I WANT IS ONE NIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

France's iconic chanteuse, the famous "little sparrow" Édith Piaf, was renowned for facing a life beset with endless blows and challenges with a determined proclamation of defiance: "Non, J…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

THE BOYS IN THE BAND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The big question hovering over the 50th anniversary production of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band, opening tonight at the Booth Theatre, is whether it will seem terri…

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TCHAIKOVSKY: NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are familiar with Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, you will already know that in nineteenth century Russia they wrote letters.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

PEACE FOR MARY FRANCES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It is both significant and problematic that Lily Thorne was a documentary film producer for many years before penning Peace for Mary Frances, her debut play having its premiere in a producti…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TREMOR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Tremor, an hour-long two-character play by Brad Birch, opening tonight as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters, starts off promisingly with an air of mystery and tension…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

OPERATION CRUCIBLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"Bang, Bang, Turn, Brush." These are the sounds of the close-knit coordination and cooperation that are absolutely necessary when you are part of a team tasked at shaping hellishly hot metal…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

PARADISE BLUE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Dominique Morisseau's Paradise Blue, which opened tonight at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is a dazzling fireworks display of a play about an African American neighborhood in a corne…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn is the sort of guy you might well expect to whip through a Rubik's Cube in under a minute, hand it back to you, smile and say "here you go," and then run off to per…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

REPLAY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

W, the intense yet moving character played by Nicola Wren in her one-woman show Replay, opening today at 59E59 Theaters, is an ambitious policewoman vying to be the youngest sergeant in her …

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Friday, April 27, 2018

HENRY V - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Think of the Public Mobile Unit production of William Shakespeare's Henry V, opening tonight at the Public's intimate Shiva Theater, as a mini-excursion to the summertime Shakespeare in the …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

THE ICEMAN COMETH - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The sun won't come out tomorrow, not for the denizens of Harry Hope's Saloon in The Iceman Cometh,

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

SAINT JOAN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, first staged in 1923 just three years after the Maid of Orléans was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, remains an endlessly fascinating study of faith…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

TRAVESTIES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Tom Stoppard's 1974 play Travesties, opening tonight in a bouncy, bubbly, vertiginous revival at the Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre, is a reminder of a time when the playwright's lov…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

LaChanze, the Tony-winning star of the original Broadway production of The Color Purple, truly works hard for the money. So hard for it, honey, that it's a shame she is stuck in Summer: The …

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Any hapless muggles who wander unprepared into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opening tonight at the beautifully redesigned Lyric Theatre, are likely to find themselves perplexed by much…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

MY FAIR LADY - Talkin' Breoadway's Review by Howard Miller

Familiarity may not always breed contempt, but it generally does lead to an expectation of predictability.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

CAROUSEL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

There is one perfect segment during the revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's sublime and challenging musical Carousel, opening tonight at the Imperial Theatre.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Beyond the exquisite portrayals of the two complicated characters at its center, there is a great deal more to commend about the smartly reconceptualized revival of Mark Medoff's Children of…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

MISS YOU LIKE HELL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Could there be a better time for a new work about the plight of undocumented immigrants, along the lines of the musical Miss You Like Hell opening tonight at the Public Theater?

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

MEAN GIRLS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, a brilliant design team, and a most exuberant cast have pulled out all the stops to shape Mean Girls, the new musical opening tonight at the August Wil…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

BOBBIE CLEARLY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Everyone likes heartwarming stories about a prodigal son or daughter who leaves home after a falling-out, then later repents and returns to find forgiveness and welcoming arms at every turn.…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

THREE TALL WOMEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

No other playwright has been able to capture the pulsating anxiety, the gallows humor, and even the embracing allure of death the way Edward Albee has done through so many of his works.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

ANGELS IN AMERICA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Much has changed, but not nearly as much as you might have thought or hoped, since Tony Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes appeared 25 years ago to near universal…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

FROZEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

I am quite happy, from time to time, to indulge my inner child with lightweight family fare.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, opening today at 59E59 Theaters, is a poignant tale of Jews who fled to Canada from the pogroms they were subjected to in their native Romania at the turn of…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Today's Quiz: How do you see yourself on vacation? (A) Carnival Cruise or (B) Crystal Cruise? (A) Flip flops or (B) Tory Burch sandals? (A) Beach shack or (B) Luxury beachfront villa?

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

HAL & BEE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A long-married, long-suffering couple entering late middle age have pushed each other's buttons so often that they threaten to "bicker each other to death," as one of them puts it in Max Bak…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

ADMISSIONS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

One of the more ironic benefits of membership in the socio-economic cocoon known as "white privilege" is the luxury of being able to criticize the unfair advantages its status confers withou…

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