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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "53% Of" - 6/28/22 by James Wilson

The title refers to the percentage of white women that voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election, and the play presents a snapshot of the red and blue, gender and racial divide that…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:21PM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Lambs to Slaughter" - 6/19/22 by James Wilson

The centerpiece of Romello Huins's set design for Lambs to Slaughter, Khalil Kain's new play presented by the Negro Ensemble Company at the Cherry Lane Theatre, is a large, circular wall clo…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:03PM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Lessons in Survival: 1971" - 6/9/22 by James Wilson

Lessons in Survival: 1971 re-creates a television talk show from more than fifty years ago, but the evening throbs with intellectual intensity, political urgency, and striking theatricality.…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:13PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Refugees" - 6/9/22 by James Wilson

As audience members take their seats at A.R.T./New York for Stephen Kaliski's The Refugees, they are invited to write a haiku inspired by the statement: "You didn't do enough." The play, pre…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:37PM
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Jews, God, and History (Not Necessarily in That Order)" - 5/21/22 by James Wilson

The evening combines stand-up, humorous guidelines for Jewish rituals, and pointed jabs at cultural stereotypes, but the most powerful moments occur when Takiff addresses his personal religi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:55AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Oh God, A Show About Abortion" - 5/9/22 by James Wilson

, Oh God feels necessary and urgent in a way that it would not have, say, two weeks ago. Now, that's impeccable timing.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:37PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "A Case for the Existence of God" - 5/2/22 by James Wilson

Don't be misled by the title: A Case for the Existence of God, Samuel D. Hunter's gorgeous and heartbreaking new play now running at Signature Theatre, is anything but a theoretical religiou…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:57AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "To My Girls" - 4/12/22 by James Wilson

To My Girls comprises stock figures recognizable from plays like The Boys in the Band, Torch Song Trilogy, Jeffrey, and Angels in America.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:07AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Patsy" - 4/10/22 by James Wilson

More than a decade after he first performed the piece, and once again directed by Cummings, Greenspan remains a force of nature. Until he climbs off of the stage after eighty breathless minu…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:01PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Revie "Black No More" - 2/15/22 by James Wilson

The New Group's exhilarating new musical adaptation retains the novel's relevance, and it is the rare show that appeals to the intellect, the heart, and the soul.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:18PM
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "About Love" - 3/4/20 by James Wilson

While Will Pomerantz and Nancy Harrow's adaptation may not necessarily raise Turgenev's literary stature, it makes for a lovely and bittersweet night at the theater.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:14PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "We're Gonna Die" - 2/25/20 by James Wilson

... one of the most exhilarating, reassuring, and life-affirming performances you may experience this year.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:13PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Cambodian Rock Band" - 2/24/20 by James Wilson

In the end, though, the play, overstuffed with ideas and theatricality, does not pack the emotional wallop one might expect.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:46AM
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" - 2/4/20 by James Wilson

... an ambitious musical, but sadly, its appeal is as lasting as a one-night stand.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:09PM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn" - 1/23/20 by James Wilson

Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, does not nearly reach the very high bar that Amas has set in its first half century.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:26PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "17 Minutes" - 1/22/20 by James Wilson

... the play raises complex questions about the desire to assign blame in the wake of a senseless and tragic massacre.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:50PM
Monday, November 25, 2019

All That Chat - NEW - THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA - Talkin' Broadway Review by James Wilson

With direction by Michael Wilson, the cast is uniformly strong, and they keep the audience guessing about the uncomfortable truths.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:24AM
Friday, November 22, 2019

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - The Underlying Chris - 11/21/19 by James Wilson

... Will Eno's strange and wonderful new play currently running at Second Stage Theater ...

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:50AM
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

How much do biographers really know about the individuals they research?

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:04PM
Friday, February 15, 2019

STATE OF THE UNION - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

In State of the Union, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning play currently being revived by Metropolitan Playhouse, a presidential hopeful agrees to go on the pre-c…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:15PM
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

COLIN QUINN: RED STATE BLUE STATE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

One thing that Americans can all agree on is that Americans cannot all agree on anything.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:09PM
Monday, January 21, 2019

AWAKE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

In Awake, the estimable Barrow Group's current production, K. Lorrel Manning tackles a host of divisive and contemporary hot-button issues. Racism, sexism, Islamophobia, religious hypocrisy,…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:10PM
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

NASSIM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Two years ago Nassim Soleimanpour's White Rabbit Red Rabbit was an Off-Broadway hit and ran an impressive forty-two weeks. (It played Monday nights only at the Westside Theatre.)

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:38PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

FABULATION - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

"Can I be honest with you?" These are the first words uttered by Undine Barnes Calles, a high-powered New York City publicist and the central character in Lynn Nottage's sweeping and satiric…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:57AM
Sunday, December 2, 2018

THE TRICKY PART - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

When The Tricky Part, Martin Moran’s lacerating solo show about child sex abuse, debuted in 2003, the nation was still reeling from The Boston Globe’s Roman Catholic church exposé publish…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:09PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018

ANNA CHRISTIE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

When silent film star Greta Garbo transitioned to talking movies with her performance of Anna Christie in Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize winning-play of the same name, the marketing campaig…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:11PM
Monday, September 10, 2018

THE DRAGON GRISWYND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

It can't be easy being the last remaining dragon on earth, a planet which humans do not even inhabit anymore.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:09PM
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

BELOVED - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Time is of the essence in Beloved, Lisa Lengseth's one-person show currently playing at the Lion Theatre in Theatre Row.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:06PM
Thursday, August 2, 2018

MIKE BIRBIGLIA: THE NEW ONE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

The central image of Mike Birbiglia's dazzling new solo show, aptly and simply named The New One, is a couch.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:19PM
Friday, July 13, 2018

Review: John Wulp's "Saintliness of Margery Kemp" @ The Duke A modern 13th century real-life woman leaves her husband to become a Saint! by James Wilson

Austin Pendelton draws fine comic performances from his cast of nine with ANDRUS NICHOLS in the title role; her indomitable spirt balancing a perfect mix of kookiness and pathos as "Margery."

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:05AM
Thursday, July 12, 2018

THE SAINTLINESS OF MARGERY KEMPE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Morality and domesticity are so fourteenth century. . . .

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:46PM