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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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?

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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…

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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.

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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,…

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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.)

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

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

Morality and domesticity are so fourteenth century. . . .

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

MARX IN SOHO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Karl Marx is in the house, and he has some things he needs to get off his chest.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

THE SHAKESPEARE CONSPIRACY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Quick: Who wrote, "By the pricking of my thumbs,/ Something wicked this way comes"?

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

According to a program note, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was inspired to write his first play, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, after leading a reading group on The Odyssey.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

A WALK IN THE WOODS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

The experience of watching A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's 1988 play in its current revival by the Barrow Group, is both simultaneously comforting and disconcerting.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

BABETTE'S FEAST - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Babette's Feast, currently playing at the Theatre at St. Clement's, demonstrates the power of art, grace, and selfless generosity to unite a community riven by petty differences, personal sl…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

DOGS OF RWANDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

At the beginning of Sean Christopher Lewis's harrowing solo play Dogs of Rwanda, now playing at Urban Stages, David (Dan Hodge) describes a particular custom in Rwanda: Individuals guilty of…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Harvey Milk often began his political speeches with the declaration, "My name is Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you."

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

BRILLIANT TRACES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Throughout the 1980s there was a slew of plays that can be best described as unlovable-losers dramas. . . .

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Monday, January 22, 2018

THE THING WITH FEATHERS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

As social commentary and cultural exposé, The Thing with Feathers, Scott Organ's play receiving its world premiere by the Barrow Group, is timely and important.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

MANKIND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Robert O'Hara's Mankind, now playing at Playwrights Horizons, begins with a bang.

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