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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

DANIELLE BROOKS IN JOYOUS ‘MUCH ADO:’ REVIEW by James Feinberg

Halfway through the first act of Shakespeare in the Park‘s Much Ado About Nothing, I found myself on Danielle Brooks’ lap. The exemplary performer, of Netflix’s Orange is the New Bla…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

SUSAN SARANDON, R&H MIX AWKWARDLY IN JESSE EISENBERG’S ‘HAPPY TALK’: REVIEW by James Feinberg

“I always thought that my lot in life was to help people en masse,” pontificates Susan Sarandon as an unbearable community theater diva in Jesse Eisenberg’s half-baked new play, Happy …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

LONDON ‘MAN OF A LA MANCHA’ SCORES: REVIEW by James Feinberg

LONDON — Man of La Mancha  is being revived at the London Coliseum, starring Kelsey Grammer as a blustery Don Quixote. Directed by Lonny Price, with the English National Opera’s 30-piec…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

GILLIAN ANDERSON ELEVATES FEROCIOUS ‘ALL ABOUT EVE’: REVIEW by James Feinberg

LONDON — Following Network,  Ivo van Hove’s disappointing star vehicle now packing them in on Broadway, the writer/director is back in peak form with his adaptation of All About Eve  …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

GENDER-BENDING ‘COMPANY’ IMPROVES ON PERFECTION: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Editor’s note: There are talks to bring the West End’s Company to Broadway, and last we heard nothing was set. In the meantime, tickets appear to be plentiful for the run at the Gielgu…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

‘THE JUNGLE’ IS POWERFUL, HAUNTING & UNIFYING: REVIEW by James Feinberg

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, has been recast as a crowded and vibrant refugee camp called the Calais Jungle on the coast of France. The theater’s ticket booth is in a ramshack…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

AFFORDABLE ‘UNCLE VANYA’ AT HUNTER MAKES ENNUI EXCITING: REVIEW by James Feinberg

In Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Hunter Theater Project, Jay O. Sanders plays the title character as the kind of wisely figure you’d like to have as your own uncle. That is, …

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘OKLAHOMA!’ IN DUMBO IS A BOLD TAKE ON A PERFECT MUSICAL: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Some theatrical ideas are so ambitious it almost doesn’t matter whether they succeed or fail – the fun is in seeing them play out. In his audacious, stripped-down staging of Rodgers &…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

RICHARD BEAN SNOOKERS AUDIENCE WITH DELIGHTFUL ‘NAP’: REVIEW by James Feinberg

It may seem necessary, before an American audience, to provide a primer on snooker, that English variant of billiards. But the unseen, bone-dry play-by-play snooker announcers in Richard Bea…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

POLITICAL IS PERSONAL IN HELLMAN’S COMPELLING DRAMA: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Lillian Hellman’s second play, Days To Come, was a flop when it premiered on Broadway in 1936.  Sources differ on why — but it certainly wasn’t the writing. The well-acted product…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘PRETTY WOMAN’ BOTCHED BY ALL-MALE CREATIVE TEAM: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Pretty Woman: The Musical, the over-amplified wannabe tourist trap that opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre, illustrates the limits of vision-free Broadway producing. The music is mon…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ‘BE MORE CHILL’ IS EXPLOSIVE FUN: REVIEW by James Feinberg

The musical Be More Chill has some baggage. It’s about high school angst that verges on cliché, and it’s a showcase for the kind of head-banging pop, in this case by composer/lyricist J…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

RELUCTANT DAD BIRBIGLIA SCORES IN COMIC MONOLOGUE: REVIEW by James Feinberg

Early in his funny and poignant off-Broadway show, The New One, the comedian Mike Birbiglia expresses a low tolerance for children.  “We gotta get babies off planes,” he says.  “We g…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

‘DELIGHTFULLY DAFFY’ TO ‘COCKAMAMIE MISH MASH’: GO-GO’S MUSICAL SPLITS CRITICS (WITH A PAN FROM OUR MAN) by James Feinberg

REVIEW : The question at the heart of Head Over Heels  is whether Elizabethan comedy and the music of the Go-Go’s go together. Sadly, the answer is no. (See below for other opinions.) Th…

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Danza Dazzles In Paper Mill Playhouse "Honeymoon in Vegas” - Baristanet | Baristanet by James Feinberg

If you needed any further proof that Jason Robert Brown is the greatest active composer of American musical theater, you’ll find it at Millburn, New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, where …

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