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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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Thursday, October 5, 2017

TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Too Heavy For Your Pocket, opening tonight at the Roundabout's Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center, provides a truly auspicious introduction of playwright Jiréh Breo…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NO WAKE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright William Donnelly's No Wake, opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters, begins just after a memorial service for a young woman who has committed suicide, the long-estranged daughter of a d…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It's not exactly a case of fake news, but there is an unshakable artificiality to the presumably true stories that are being aired in Tiny Beautiful Things, which opened tonight in a return …

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Scott Carter's The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, a play that attempts to merge religious argument and personal confessionals with outl…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

Some very good acting, a couple of emotionally touching speeches, and an evocative set are not enough to cover up the numerous plot holes and overall sudsy narrative of The Violin, a slow-pa…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

IN THE BLOOD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Forget Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose novel "The Scarlet Letter" is credited with being the inspiration for the pair of works by Suzan-Lori Parks being presented at the Pershing Square Signature…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

SMALL WORLD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

You've heard, of course, of the comic teams of Abbott and Costello, and Laurel and Hardy.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

FUCKING A - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Suzan-Lori Parks' dystopian play Fucking A, a work from 2000 opening tonight at the Pershing Square Signature Center, takes its inspiration from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter but …

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN, BY GRACE B. MATTHIAS - Talkin' Broadways Review by Howard Miller

It is awfully difficult to pull off a satire about sexual assault without underplaying or overplaying your hand.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

CHAROLAIS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Truly, you haven't lived until you've heard a lusty French Charolais heifer mooningly mooing a rendition of "La Vie En Rose" while daydreaming about breeding with a "bull of excellent pedigr…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

VAN GOGH'S EAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

How to categorize the Ensemble for the Romantic Century's new production, Van Gogh's Ear, which opened today at the Pershing Square Signature Center?

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

A REAL BOY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It's too bad that the New York International Fringe Festival is on hiatus this year, because that would be a perfect venue for Stephen Kaplan's compelling and ambitious satire-with-a-heart, …

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SUMMER SHORTS, SERIES B - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Would you risk your job to champion a controversial stance on behalf of someone you like and respect but don't fully agree with?

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

REALLY ROSIE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"Nostalgia" is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about children's theater.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A PARALLELOGRAM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Bruce Norris's intriguing and darkly comic science fiction-inspired play, A Parallelogram, has been around for a while, ever since its debut at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

To co-opt a line of lyric from Stephen Sondheim, "anything can happen in the woods."

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

SUMMER SHORTS, SERIES A - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Attending an evening of short plays is rather like opening Forrest Gump's famous box of chocolate; you never know what you're going to get.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SPOON RIVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The 19 talented actors, singers, and musicians who gather onstage at the Pershing Square Signature Center's Linney Theatre kick up such a rip-roaring, rafter-shaking rumpus, they could wake …

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Monday, July 10, 2017

PIPELINE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Black lives matter very much to playwright Dominique Morisseau, not just in terms of surviving the mean streets of America, but, far more deeply, with respect to the quality of lives relentl…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

OF HUMAN BONDAGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen's adaptation of Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham's sprawling 1915 coming-of-age novel, may accentuate the melodramatic nature of the plot, but the acti…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

KIM'S CONVENIENCE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

As things stand in the U. S. right now, the primary focus on immigrants seems to be on keeping them out of the country altogether.

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