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Thursday, September 13, 2018

AGNES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Until recently, playwright Catya McMullen's biggest claim to fame was winning the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in 2012 for her two-character work Missed Connections.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

SEPARATE AND EQUAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The septic wound of legally sanctioned racial segregation in the U.S. remains very much a living memory for anyone who was around prior to its painfully slow dissolution starting in the mid-…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Pianist, composer, and theatrical storyteller Hershey Felder has carved out a specialized niche for himself with his staged presentations about musical masters, from classicists Frédéric C…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Imagine for a moment what some adventurous and creative theater team might come up with based on a story idea about a sex worker and a very wealthy man who upend one another's lives.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

You know what might be fun? How about a Broadway Battle of the Bands pitting the kids from School of Rock against the hapless middle-aged suburban Jersey guys in Gettin' the Band Back Togeth…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

HEAD OVER HEELS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

For good or for ill, we may just be witnessing the next phase in the evolution of the American musical ...

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DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Love and courage, pride and hope suffuse the stellar Encores! Off-Center production of Micki Grant's Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope at New York City Center.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Shh. Listen. Pay attention to everything, from the exceedingly loud rap music that permeates the theater as you enter and take your seat, to the two seemingly peripheral characters known as …

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Monday, July 16, 2018

FIRE IN DREAMLAND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A promise to a dying parent and an unfortunate propensity for latching onto other people’s dreams has led a woman down a series of blind alleys in search of her own life’s passion.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

MARY PAGE MARLOWE - Talkin' Boadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Tracy Letts's Mary Page Marlowe, opening tonight at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater, caroms every which way through and around the course of the lifetime of its title character.…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A musical with no plot? No dialog? No actual characters? With only a thread of a theme to hold things together? Really?

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Monday, June 25, 2018

CYPRUS AVENUE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If ever a play should come with a heads-up trigger warning for potential audiences, it is David Ireland's devastating Cypress Avenue, opening tonight in a gut-wrenching presentation at the P…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TEENAGE DICK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Is it better to be loved or feared?

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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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