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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How Cats Set the Stage for the Modern Mega-Musical | Cats Broadway Review by Jesse Oxfeld

Cats just re-opened on Broadway. Does the feline fantasy have what it takes for another 18-year run?

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Paramour: EW Stage Review | EW.com by Jesse Oxfeld

About 45 minutes into Paramour, the Cirque du Soleil musical that opens at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre tonight, the twin aerialists Andrew and Kevin Atherton are suspended over a stage set of…

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Monday, December 7, 2015

School of Rock: EW stage review by Jesse Oxfeld

There is tremendous amount of talent, and a long list of credits, behind School of Rock, the Broadway musical of version of the 2003 Jack Black comedy. Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the score. D…

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Michael Riedel’s ‘Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway’ by Jesse Oxfeld

A rollicking, authoritative and valuable history of Broadway.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

'On Your Feet!': EW stage review | EW.com by Jesse Oxfeld

The bad (and frankly a little surprising) news about On Your Feet, the new musical by, about, and featuring the songs of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is that at no point through its nearly two…

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

'Barbecue': Theater Review by Jesse Oxfeld

Playwright Robert O'Hara considers how family stereotypes and racial politics clash with reality during a raucous drug intervention in this Public Theater premiere.read more

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Monday, October 5, 2015

'Cloud Nine': Theater Review by Jesse Oxfeld

The Atlantic Theater Company stages the first major New York revival of Caryl Churchill's landmark 1979 comedy about gender politics and sexual identity.read more

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

'John': Theater Review by Jesse Oxfeld

Christopher Abbott, Georgia Engel and Lois Smith star in this contemplative new work by Annie Baker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind 'The Flick.'read more

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Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Arts Preview: Top 10 Theater Plays & Musicals by Jesse Oxfeld

'If/Then' Mothers and SonsGolden TheatreOpens March 24Terrence McNally’s latest stars the indefatigable Tyne Daly as a mother who pays an unexpected visit to her dead son’s former partne…

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

And the Prize Goes to the Puppet: ‘All the Way’ Is Riveting, and the Directorial Vision Behind ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ Is Brilliant by Jesse Oxfeld

Bryan Cranston in 'All the Way.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) The curse, and the blessing, of an initials-based moniker is that those simple, monosyllabic sounds rhyme with so much. There’s “H…

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Friday, March 7, 2014

He Said, She Said: ‘The Open House’ Has a Bullying Dad, ‘Stage Kiss’ Follows a Quirky Couple, ‘Arlington’ Is a Musical Monologue by Jesse Oxfeld

Lauren Valez and Anthony Chisholm in 'The Happiest Song Plays Last.' In early 2012, Quiara Alegría Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. A year later, her prize-winning work, Water By the…

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Movie Stars Lighting Up the Great White Way | The New York Observer by Jesse Oxfeld

You gotta get a gimmick, a trio of wise women once advised. But to succeed on Broadway these days, what you really need is a star. Mounting a Broadway show has become so expensive, and the b…

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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Stars in Broadway’s Firmament: Movie Stars Lighting Up the Great White Way by Jesse Oxfeld

You gotta get a gimmick, a trio of wise women once advised. But to succeed on Broadway these days, what you really need is a star. Mounting a Broadway show has become so expensive, and the b…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tough Love: Almost, Maine’s Small-Town Love Stories Are Cheesy and Charming by Jesse Oxfeld

'Almost, Maine.' If you’re going to object to Almost, Maine—that it’s too saccharine, too sentimental, a little too impressed with its own quirkiness—then its title is as good a plac…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome to the Machine: Machinal Is a Haunting Portrait of Life for Women in the Twenties by Jesse Oxfeld

Frank Langella in 'King Lear.' (Photo by Johan Persson) Ruth Snyder, whom Wikipedia pithily if reductively identifies as “an American murderess,” was electrocuted by the State of New Yor…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

‘We Really Did Try to Make It’: Beautiful—The Carole King Musical Is Fun, Fluffy, Vacuous by Jesse Oxfeld

The Shirelles in 'Beautiful.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) Where you lead, Carole, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to. And if it happens that you lead me to a mediocre bioplay that combin…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

10 Shows to See Right Now by Jesse Oxfeld

'Pippin.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) So, comes the inevitable question when someone learns what I do for a living, what should I see? It depends, I reply with equal inevitability. What do you li…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dr. Watson, I Presume? Or the Other One? Uneven Curious Case Takes on Technology’s Helpmeets by Jesse Oxfeld

Amanda Quaid and David Costabile in 'The (Curious Case Of The) Watson Intelligence.' “Mr. Watson—come here—I want to see you.” They’re some of the most famous words of the late 19t…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

So Long, Farewell: Richard Nelson’s Regular Singing Is Extraordinary by Jesse Oxfeld

'Regular Singing.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) At Marian and Barbara Apple’s house in Rhinebeck, N.Y., it’s time to eat again. As the lights come up, dimly at first, the women are setting the…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Vladimir and Estragon Are Waiting Once Again—but This Time With the Star Power of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stew by Jesse Oxfeld

Ian McKellen, left, and Patrick Stewart in 'No Man’s Land.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) Let’s get this part out of the way: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are very good, every bit as good a…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Family Circus: Taking Care of Baby Is a Taut, Chilling Mystery by Jesse Oxfeld

'Taking Care of Baby.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) “The following has been taken word for word from interviews and correspondence,” says an offstage voice just after the actors have taken the…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Magic of Theater: The Globe Gives Us Shakespeare as Shakespeare Intended by Jesse Oxfeld

Mark Rylance in 'Twelfth Night.' (© Joan Marcus) Is the lack of a gimmick itself a gimmick? After a motorcycle-riding, movie-star Romeo on Broadway this fall and a video-projection Athenian…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

American Spirit by Jesse Oxfeld

NY Observer review of "Bring It On" and "Last Smoker in America."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Duels: Peter and the Starcatcher Is Swashbuckling, Uproarious Fun, but Magic/Bird Is an Air Ball by Jesse Oxfeld

'Peter and the Starcatcher.' (Courtesy O & M Co.) Don’t worry too much about Peter Pan and his Lost Boys. They’ve found their way to Broadway, and they’re doing just fine…

Linked From The New York Observer at 05:31PM
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Here’s a Present: Now. Here. This. Is Giddy Philosophical Fun by Jesse Oxfeld

Bell, Bowen and Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff in 'Now. Here. This.' (Photo by Carol Rosegg) Even though I was supposed to, I didn’t love [title of show] a few years back. The sw…

Linked From The New York Observer at 10:00PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Messiah, Guitar Hero: Superstar Rocks on at the Neil Simon Theatre by Jesse Oxfeld

'Jesus Christ Superstar.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) Religion goes down so much more easily when it’s accompanied by guitar. Innumerable youth-group leaders and Reform rabbis know this…

Linked From The New York Observer at 04:57PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Once Is Not Enough: The Insufficiency of Once by Jesse Oxfeld

Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in 'Once.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) Before reckoning with the new, exceedingly lovely, and disappointingly thin Broadway musical Once, which opened Sund…

Linked From The New York Observer at 04:50PM

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