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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Colin Quinn: Small Talk" - 1/23/23 by Howard Miller

Colin Quinn is as mellow a stand-up comic as they come, a more genial, less cranky version of, say, Jerry Seinfeld, who directed Quinn's The New York Story at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2015…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:52AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Immortal Jellyfish Girl" - 1/18/23 by Howard Miller

The visual theater company known as Wakka Wakka prides itself on "pushing the bounds of the imagination" through the creation of works that are "bold, unique, and unpredictable." The Immorta…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:17PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences" - 1/17/23 by Howard Miller

Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences, a production of Big Telly Theatre Company opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters as part of Origin Theatre's 1st Irish Fe…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:12PM
Saturday, January 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Heaven" - 1/14/23 by Howard Miller

Parallel midlife crises fueled by booze and an assortment of other superego suppressants feed the literate, comic, poignant, splendidly performed and altogether engaging series of alternatin…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:24PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Far Country" - 12/5/22 by Howard Miller

If you have seen Suh's earlier play, The Chinese Lady, you may come to The Far Country expecting an evening in which history comes wrapped in witty satire and the interplay between its intri…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Nosebleed" - 8/1/22 by Howard Miller

In The Nosebleed, the Japanese-American playwright weaves a story of relationships: between mothers and their children, between adults and their own parents, between sometimes disparate cult…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Some Like It Hot" 12/11/22 by Howard Miller

You'd think the very idea of men dressing as women for comic effect had rather passed its "sell by" date, as the recent wobbly musical adaptations of the films of Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man & The Pool" 11/13/22 by Howard Miller

How to describe what it's like to be in the company of the irrepressible storyteller Mike Birbiglia, whose latest Broadway offering, The Old Man & the Pool, has landed with a resoundingly en…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Collaboration" 12/20/22 by Howard Miller

Ah, the art of making art! That, in a nutshell, is the theme of Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration, a well-acted if thinly developed play, whose scheduled opening tonight at the Samuel J. …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:38AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: ">Between Riverside and Crazy" 12/19/22 by Howard Miller

Few can devise dialog as grippingly authentic as playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is able to do. It's as though he somehow breathes life into a set of characters, places them in some challeng…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:53AM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Beautiful Noise" 12/4/22 by Howard Miller

Fans of the inordinately successful pop superstar Neil Diamond will find much to celebrate in A Beautiful Noise, the jukebox musical opening tonight at the Broadhurst Theatre, starting with …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:44PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Becky Nurse of Salem" - 12/4/22 by Howard Miller

Quirky is as quirky does in Sarah Ruhl's Becky Nurse of Salem, opening tonight at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. It is a play that covers a lot of bases: straight-up comedy…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:41PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Ain't No Mo'" 12/3/22 by Howard Miller

By any measure, Ain't No Mo' is an audacious, no-holds-barred satirical stabbing jolt about race and race relations in America. It's also loud and unrelentingly manic in its pacing and deliv…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:49AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Christmas Carol" 11/21/22 by Howard Miller

What is the opposite of "Bah! Humbug!"? "Hurrah! Veracity!" maybe? Well, perhaps not. But whatever it is, it needs to be applied to A Christmas Carol, opening tonight at the Nederlander Thea…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:43AM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "& Juliet" 11/13/22 by Howard Miller

What do you call a jukebox musical with the self-awareness and sense of humor to place an actual jukebox onstage preshow and to put a gumball machine on display as its cast performs tunes th…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:42PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Kimberly Akimbo" 11/10/22 by Howard Miller

Let me tell you about this show opening tonight at the Booth Theatre, a musical starring an actress in her 60s who plays a teenage girl nearing the end of her life. It also features the girl…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:11AM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Where We Belong" - 11/9/22 by Howard Miller

In an intriguing solo piece titled Where We Belong, opening tonight at the Public Theater in a production by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, playwright and performer Madeline Sayet brings to…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:51AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Walking With Ghosts" 10/27/22 by Howard Miller

Solo acts, especially those of the memoir variety, are tricky to pull off without seeming to be either displays of narcissism ("of course, you'll want to fork out the big bucks to hear me ta…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:21PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Unbelieving" - 10/27/22 by Howard Miller

The Civilians' production of Marin Gazzaniga's The Unbelieving, opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters, is a paradigm of the company's signature form of "investigative theater." In the 65-minute …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:21PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo and Juliet" - 10/26/22 by Howard Miller

The New Light Theater Project's production of Andrew Rincón's I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo and Juliet, opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters, is a sweet, funny, heartwarming, bilingual, gay, romanti…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:23PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "A Raisin in the Sun" - 10/25/22 by Howard Miller

The extraordinary revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun opening tonight at the Public Theater is one for the books. Anyone who imagines this iconic 1959 play about the struggle…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:53AM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Topdog/Underdog" 10/20/22 by Howard Miller

Few writers manage with such consistent skill the variety of works Parks has produced about Black lives and experiences, ranging in content from historic to biographic to literary to contemp…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:36AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Piano Lesson" 10/13/22 by Howard Miller

The revival of Wilson's The Piano Lesson, opening tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, incorporates all of these in generous portions. It also marks the Broadway directorial debut of LaTa…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:41PM
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Death of a Salesman" 10/9/22 by Howard Miller

What I love about this production, apart from the all-around exceptionally fine performances under Miranda Cromwell's sharp-as-a-well-stropped-razor direction, is the ease with which all of …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:41PM
Friday, October 7, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "1776" 10/6/22 by Howard Miller

If you go into the American Airlines Theatre expecting to see a revival of the Peter Stone/Sherman Edwards musical 1776, you are in for a surprise, not to say shock. Because this version, du…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:13AM
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "I'm Revolting" - 10/5/22 by Howard Miller

Whatever playwright Gracie Gardner intends by the title of her play I'm Revolting, opening tonight at the Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater, multiple meanings are there for inte…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:04AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Ink'dWell" - 10/5/22 by Howard Miller

The New Light Theater Project's production of Erin E. Adams' Ink'dWell, opening tonight at 59E59 Theatres, is an intense, deeply moving play about death, mourning, and, thankfully, the possi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:29PM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Cost of Living" 10/3/22 by Howard Miller

"The shit that happens is not to be understood." That's the first line from Martyna Majok's 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living, making its Broadway debut at the Samuel J. Friedm…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:33PM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Leopoldstadt" 10/2/22 by Howard Miller

If playwright Tom Stoppard stays true to his word and Leopoldstadt turns out to be the last play he writes, it would be a fitting and worthy way to bookend a long and illustrious career dati…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:30AM
Saturday, September 17, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Our Man in Santiago" - 9/16/22 by Howard Miller

It's spy vs spy vs spy in Mark Wilding's spoofy Our Man in Santiago, a loose-knit political farce that draws its inspiration from Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana," a novel that pokes fun …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:25AM
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Memory Exam" - 9/10/22 by Howard Miller

Dale is there to do nothing less than to help keep the other three alive in a society where you are deemed worthy of continuing to exist only until your mind starts to slip. And beware, beca…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:14AM

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