All stories by Jk Clarke on BroadwayStars

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Leiter Looks At Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Norman Mathews – The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:40AM
Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Welkin by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carol Rocamora . . . . A ferocious flock of Furies is unleashed in Lucy Kirkwood’s wild new play The Welkin. They seek vengeance upon the world—and each other—for the…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:16AM
Friday, June 14, 2024

What Became of Us by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carol Rocamora . . . . We learn that he was bitten by a spider at the age of six. We learn that she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of twelve. We learn that, growing up…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:41AM
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Titanic Is A Monumental Achievement by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Brian Scott Lipton . . . . Just like many skeptics refused to believe that the enormous “ship of dreams” known as Titanic could ever actually be built, an eyebrow or tw…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:25PM

Ricky Ritzel’s Broadway by Jk Clarke

Cabaret Review by Myra Chanin . . . . Ricky Ritzel is an exceptionally inventive, highly motivated, knowledgeable theatrical anthropologist, ready to rummage through mounds of musical comedy…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:12AM
Sunday, June 9, 2024

Leiter Looks At Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . SITI Company: THIS IS NOT A HANDBOOK (n.p.: SITI Company…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:13PM

The Comedy of Errors – The Mobile Unit Summer Tour by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Yani Perez . . . . The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit is back this season, presenting the bilingual musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, ada…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:59PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Home – A Welcome Roundabout Revival by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carol Rocamora . . . . Every once in a while, a small, forgotten play resurfaces, making a great and joyful noise. Such is the case with the beautiful revival of Home, Samm…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:00PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Dorian Theater Awards Honor ‘Illinoise,’ ‘Merrily We Roll Along,’ and ‘Oh, Mary!’ by Jk Clarke

GALECA, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, gave “Illinoise,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Oh, Mary!” and “Stereophonic” its top honors in the group’s second annual Do…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:17PM

Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney Asks: To See Or Not To See? by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Molly Sweeney, by the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, is a sensitively crafted, verbally rich, but dramatically challenged and overlong (two ho…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:51PM

On Stage in Georgia – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Jeffrey Bruce . . . . “Everybody Loves Somebody,” (Irving Taylor/Ken Lane) sung by Dean Martin, plays as the lights dim on Theatrical Outfit’s magnificent production …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 04:19AM

Wonder of Wonders – Celebrating Sheldon Harnick at 92NY by Jk Clarke

Review by Ron Fassler . . . . In what was meant to be a 100th birthday party for Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick this past weekend at the 92nd Street Y, what took place instead was somethi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:31AM
Saturday, June 1, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Mary S. Ryzuk. The Circle Repertory Company: The First F…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:04PM

Songs of Longing in The Lonely Few by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by By Ron Fassler . . . .  As someone who can quickly and fondly call up memories of the Broadway production of Once, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2012, a tinge of …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:13AM
Saturday, May 25, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Marshall W. Mason, The Transcendent Years: Circle Repert…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:00PM
Friday, May 24, 2024

Dungeons and Dragons – The Twenty-Sided Tavern  by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Yani Perez . . . .  Dungeons and Dragons: The Twenty-Sided Tavern is a high-energy, interactive show brimming with fun for both fans of the game and newcomers alike. The …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 01:57AM
Monday, May 20, 2024

My True Love – A Perfect Musical Fairytale by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Perhaps the most admired fairytale musical ever, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, might hesitate before calling itself perfect, so you must tak…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:24AM

Here There Are Blueberries  by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Carol Rocamora . . . .  A picture is worth a thousand words—so goes the saying It can also change our way of looking at history . . . and ourselves.  Such is the power …

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:13AM
Sunday, May 19, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Bryan Cranston, A Life in Parts (New York: Scribner’s,…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:46PM
Thursday, May 16, 2024

FLORIDA Theater – No False Notes From These Flawless Falsettos!  by Jk Clarke

Florida Theater Review by Myra Chanin . . . . The last three performances of ArtBuzz’s seriously amusing, amazingly witty, agonizingly poignant, heartbreakingly real staging of William Fin…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:17AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Vicky Archives by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Michael Dale . . . . Being one of the early arrivals, the first thing that happened during my visit to Sam Myers and Dan Kuan Peeples’ appropriately discomforting immersi…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 12:03AM
Sunday, May 12, 2024

FLORIDA – The Cross-Country “Lost Virginity Tour” Inspires Girlish Giggles by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Myra Chanin . . . . The Lost Virginity Tour at the Delray Beach Playhouse is a curious mishmash. I initially found the initial frame—four superficial women who meet perio…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 06:07AM

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Martin Bauml Duberman, Paul Robeson (New York: Knopf, 19…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:56AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Actors by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . The idea behind Ronnie Larsen’s sentimental farce, The Actors—now playing at Theatre Row—is, for all its seeming improbability, so comedicall…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 09:27PM
Sunday, May 5, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Stephen Cole. MARY & ETHEL . . . and Mikey Who? (New…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 05:36AM
Friday, May 3, 2024

Mother Play – A Play In Five Evictions by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . As the 2023-2024 Broadway season hurtled through its overstuffed last week before the annual awards deadline, two plays about motherhood—one more…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:25AM
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Fantastic Journey with The Acting Company by Jk Clarke

By Ron Fassler . . . . The Acting Company is the brainchild of the co-founders of Juilliard’s drama division, John Houseman, the legendary producer and director, and Margot Harley, who ser…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 11:35PM

Illinoise Takes Flight On Broadway by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . . In charge of adapting Sufjan Stevens’ 2005 concept album Illinois for the stage, Jackie Sibblies Drury (playwright) and Justin Peck (director and chor…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 02:45AM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Running with Coffee – Only Irish Need Apply by Jk Clarke

By Walter Murphy I arrived at the An Beal Bocht Cafe ready to review Eileen Byrne Richards’ one-woman performance of Running with Coffee only to realize I was attending a family reunion—…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:29AM
Monday, April 29, 2024

Leiter Looks at Books by Jk Clarke

Casual notes on show-biz books, memoirs and studies, dust gatherers, and hot off the presses. Book Review by Samuel L. Leiter . . . . Barry Singer. Ever After: Forty Years of Musical Theatre…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 08:00AM

An Ageless Uncle Vanya at Lincoln Center by Jk Clarke

Theater Review by Ron Fassler . . . .  Anton Chekhov, the Russian-born author, dramatist, and medical physician, died at age forty-four 120 years ago. In his short lifetime, he wrote four e…

SOURCE: Theater Pizzazz at 03:01AM

All that Chat