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Monday, October 11, 2021

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Chicken & Biscuits" by Howard Miller

"Family is a loaded word," to quote one of the characters in Douglas Lyons' Chicken & Biscuits, a mashup of broad comedy and domestic drama opening tonight at Circle in the Square. If the pa…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:25PM
Friday, March 6, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Girl from the North Country" 3/5/20 by Howard Miller

... a perplexing amalgam of thin-as-a-reed storytelling and powerhouse performances of reimagined tunes from the vast songbook of America's Nobel Prize-winning troubadour, Bob Dylan.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:50AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Coal Country" - 3/3/20 by Howard Miller

Coal Country, then, is the forum through which their voices are finally allowed to be heard. And we are there to listen in fellowship to their disquieting recollections.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:06PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Headlands" - 2/24/20 by Howard Miller

,,, an inventive mix of gradually darkening humor, family drama, and the vicissitudes of memory,

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:46AM
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "West Side Story" 2/20/20 by Howard Miller

... t for anyone willing to separate the wheat from the chaff, there is a great deal of enjoyment to be found by focusing on the performances on the stage.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:30PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Mack & Mabel" - 2/19/20 by Howard Miller

... Encores! at New York City Center is back on top, doing what it does best with a beautifully rendered Mack & Mabel...

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03PM
Monday, February 17, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Animal Farm" - 2/17/20 by Howard Miller

Pulling off Animal Farm with four actors is just the kind of dare Seeing Place would gravitate towards.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:55PM
Monday, February 10, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories" - 2/10/20 by Howard Miller

... a partial success for the Mint. If nothing else, Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories offers the opportunity to view these rarely seen works based on stories by two giants of Russian literatur…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:34PM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Grand Horizons" 1/21/20 by Howard Miller

The play is often quite funny in the way that a well-written sitcom can be, but a thick layer of jokes and punchlines cannot cover up the fact that there is little of credible substance here.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:23PM
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "A Soldier's Play" 1/21/20 by Howard Miller

A rock solid cast and a spit-shine production make for a gripping and altogether outstanding revival of Charles Fuller's 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play...

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:13PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "My Name Is Lucy Barton" 1/15/20 by Howard Miller

... as it stands, the production seems like a staged book-on-tape.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:26PM
Sunday, January 12, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Maz and Bricks" - 1/12/20 by Howard Miller

... what emerges is a quirky yet moving story about the vulnerability of the human heart and the universal need for connection.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:21PM
Friday, December 6, 2019

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Jagged Little Pill" 12/5/19 by Howard Miller

... damn if it doesn't set a new aspirational standard for the subgenre referred to mostly in scoffing terms as the "jukebox musical."

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:18AM
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "MsTrial" - 12/4/19 by Howard Miller

... having a strong idea for a play is a far cry from being able to translate it into compelling dramaturgy and authentic-seeming dialog. And that is definitely the problem here.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 02:19PM
Friday, November 22, 2019

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - Einstein's Dreams - 11/21/19 by Howard Miller

,,, the venturesome chamber musical Einstein's Dreams, now on view at 59E59 Theaters.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:50AM
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Talkin' Broadway Review: "A Christmas Carol" 11/20/19 by Howard Miller

Thorne's interpretation, under Matthew Warchus's direction, is darker, more analytical and psychologically probing than we have become accustomed to. As a result, it is also less emotionally…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:12AM
Monday, November 4, 2019

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - One Discordant Violin - 11/3/19 by Howard Miller

... a haunting duet that briefly brings together a world that is shaped by words with another that is shaped by music.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:23AM
Thursday, March 14, 2019

KISS ME KATE! - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Misogyny, thou art hereby banished from Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate!, opening tonight in a snappy, scintillating, and decidedly woke new production at Studio 54 and featuring an altogether s…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:05PM
Thursday, February 14, 2019

SEA WALL/A LIFE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"If this can happen, anything can happen," warns Alex, a man striving to stay afloat in the wake of a tragic and sudden loss he can hardly begin to grasp, in the first of the pair of monolog…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:58PM
Sunday, February 10, 2019

GOD SHOWS UP - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Televangelist Thomas Isaac Rehan has scored quite a programming coup, with a very very very special guest scheduled to appear on the broadcast from his sprawling megachurch and compound in a…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:12PM
Thursday, January 24, 2019

TRUE WEST - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano burn up the stage as a lock-horn duo of estranged brothers in the rip-roaring revival of True West, playwright Sam Shepard's offbeat salute to sibling rivalry and b…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:05PM
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

THE NET WILL APPEAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Friendship sometimes comes in the most unexpected of packages.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:19PM
Thursday, December 6, 2018

NETWORK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Network, director Ivo van Hove's razzle dazzle staging of Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film of the same title, transmogrifies the Belasco Theatre into one gigantic hyperkinetic television studio, …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:02PM
Monday, December 3, 2018

THE CHER SHOW - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Please excuse the feeling of foreboding that flooded my bloodstream as I waited to enter the Neil Simon Theatre, where The Cher Show opened tonight.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:02PM
Monday, November 19, 2018

THE HARD PROBLEM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Getting your head around playwright Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, opening tonight at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, is a bit like trying to pin down one of artist M. C. …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:55PM
Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

The Prom, the new musical opening tonight at the Longacre Theatre, is a bonbon of the highest order.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:44PM
Thursday, November 8, 2018

KING KONG - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

OK. There's really only one thing anyone wants to know about King Kong, the new musical opening tonight at the Broadway Theatre. So let's get right to it. The answer is, yes. The great ape i…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:59PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

EVE'S SONG - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd stands on the shoulders of giants to bring us a sizzling and darkly comic new work, Eve's Song, opening tonight at the Public Theater in a riveting production …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:01PM
Monday, November 5, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018

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

Magic and music, domesticity and revolution saturate Jez Butterworth's gloriously hyperkinetic The Ferryman, opening today at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:54PM

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