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Friday, February 23, 2018

A MARRIAGE CONTRACT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

We are fortunate in New York to have a couple of theater companies that specialize in presenting older plays that generally have been confined to dusty shelves and haven't seen the light of …

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Remember The Book of Mormon, the musical that The New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley called "blasphemous, scurrilous and more foul-mouthed than David Mamet on a blue streak?"

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO: HOMELIFE & THE ZOO STORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Director Lila Neugebauer has a flair for finding a clear path through abstract works.

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KINGS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Sarah Burgess has shown a real interest in the intersection of wealth and power.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

PETE REX - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Carl Jung meets Jurassic Park in Alexander V. Thompson's Pete Rex, an unpolished yet intriguing new play about one man's personal journey through psychological darkness, opening tonight at 5…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CARDINAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Greg Pierce's Cardinal, which opened tonight at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater, is a sketchbook of a play ostensibly about the impact of urban renewal, population shifts, and t…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BALLS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Balls, opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters, is a rollicking, three-ring circus of a play that retells the story of the ultra-hyped man-vs-woman tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

PARTY FACE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

There is no doubt that the big draw for audiences at Party Face, Isobel Mahon's wobbly comic drama opening tonight at City Center Stage II, is the headline presence of Hayley Mills among the…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THE UNDERTAKING - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are ever in need of a psychopomp, someone to guide you on your journey to the afterlife, I recommend you consider hiring Lydia.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Fans of playwright Neil LaBute, a specialist in works about men and women behaving badly within the intersection of sex and power (among them, Fat Pig, reasons to be pretty, and All The Ways…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

I love listening to a good story.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century is an exceptionally ambitious company, bent on creating theatrical works that combine live performances of classical music, dance, acting, artistic imag…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

A REGULAR LITTLE HOUDINI - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Harry Houdini was not only a gifted stage magician and escape artist; he was a master showman who knew how to pull off attention-grabbing stunts that ensured both a lucrative career while he…

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FARINELLI AND THE KING - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"Musick has charms to sooth a savage breast," wrote William Congreve in 1697. That aphorism is put to the test in Claire van Kampen's Farinelli and the King, opening tonight at the Belasco T…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THE CHILDREN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The Children, Lucy Kirkwood's all too believable play about the aftermath of a nuclear accident, is much more than a cautionary dystopian tale.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If nautical nonsense be something you wish, you can either (a) drop on the deck and flop like a fish, or (b) head on out to the Palace Theatre where mayhem reigns supreme with the opening of…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Michael Arden showed us all what it looks like to breathe new life into a revived musical when he brought Spring Awakening back to Broadway in 2015 just six years after its original and high…

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DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are going to push the envelope in theater, you really ought to make sure there is enough inside that envelope that makes it worth pushing.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

THE PARISIAN WOMAN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"In the land of sinners, the whore is Queen," observes an experienced political hand in Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, an old-fashioned melodrama about the interplay of sex, power, and …

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

METEOR SHOWER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Somewhere around the middle of the supremely silly and not-entirely comprehensible comedy Meteor Shower, opening tonight at the Booth Theatre, one of the show's four characters whips out a p…

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

20TH CENTURY BLUES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Should someone ask where you were when you first heard the shocking news "on the day of," what pops immediately into your head?

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Home for the Holidays, "the Broadway concert celebration" that opened tonight at the August Wilson Theatre, would best be enjoyed by fans of TV's "American Idol," "The Voice," and "America's…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

THE WOLVES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Writing recently about another play, I made the point that the day-to-day lives of teenagers can be terribly dramatic, at least to them. While that particular work failed to make a convincin…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE MAD ONES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

There are assuredly many engrossing musicals about adolescent angst, from West Side Story to Spring Awakening to Dear Evan Hansen. Even the day-to-day lives of teenagers can be terribly dram…

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LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Just to be absolutely clear on this, the "morons" John Leguizamo is referring to in his frenzied, funny, and surprisingly tender-hearted one-man show Latin History for Morons at Studio 54, i…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

TOYS: A DARK FAIRY TALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Watching Toys, the "dark fairy tale" by Saviana Stanescu that opened tonight at 59E59 Theaters, is like attending an exhibit of abstract expressionism and trying to make heads or tails out o…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

JUNK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It seems that Halloween has not quite ended, what with all the scary stuff that takes place in Ayad Akhtar's new play Junk, which opened tonight at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Cen…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

KNIVES IN HENS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Though playwright David Harrower hails from Scotland, his compelling if occasionally opaque 1995 play Knives in Hens, opening today at 59E59 Theaters in a production by The Shop, has the fee…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

OEDIPUS EL REY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Bringing one of the classic Greek myths to life for a modern audience is a tricky venture.

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THE PORTUGUESE KID - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Badda bing, badda boom! That, in a nutshell, is what you get with playwright John Patrick Shanley's latest work, The Portuguese Kid, a joke-filled but decidedly saggy sex comedy that opened …

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Friday, October 20, 2017

TORCH SONG - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Zingy jokes, bits of shtick, and sight gags fly fast and furious during Torch Song, a trimmed-down revival of Harvey Fierstein's 1983 Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy, which opened toni…

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