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Friday, March 24, 2017

The New Yorkers by Jk Clarke

            by Brian Scott Lipton   Not since Henry Higgins turned cockney flower-girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper Englishwoman has so much attention be …

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wired For War: Cry Havoc! by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter     Stephan Wolfert’s Cry Havoc! is a deeply impressive one-person play about the horrors of war. It isn’t, however, so much an …

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Sunday Funnies: Comedy at 54 by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Let’s say it’s late on a Sunday night, you don’t want the weekend to end and are hankering for a few laughs. A new show in cabaret venue…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Suzanne Vega Makes Her Café Carlyle Debut by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   One of the more exciting developments in the cabaret scene in recent years has been the expansion and evolution of the type of performe…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Photos: Come From Away Opening Night by Jk Clarke

      Sunday evening, March 12, New York City welcomed the citizens of Gander, Canada, to the Broadway premiere of Come From Away, the touching tale of a small community that …

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Photos: Vineyard Theatre 2017 Gala by Jk Clarke

            Monday night, March 13 the Vineyard Theatre held its 2017 Gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, this year honoring the 10th anniversary of [t…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

More Should Be Less: The Moors by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   Long, quiet, moody stretches are punctured by pockets of laughter in the Playwrights Realm’s production of The Moors, emerging playwr…

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Come From Away: Oh, Canada by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Ask any New Yorker what they think about an uplifting 9/11-themed musical and you’ll almost certainly get an angry glare. Many lost someone …

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Glass Menagerie Glimmers by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   I have to admit that I was at first deeply ambivalent about Sam Gold’s new staging of the classic Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menager…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Club Bonafide Celebrates Harry Belafonte’s 90th BirthDay-O by Jk Clarke

          by Stephen Hanks   During a time in American history when it appears the struggle for civil rights and voting rights is being engaged anew, it seemed …

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Louis-and-Ella! Ascend at the Cutting Room by Jk Clarke

          by Marilyn Lester     Billed as a “jazzical,” Louis-and-Ella!, a celebration of show biz icons Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, has much …

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Cast Members of The Great Comet play 54 Below by Jk Clarke

          by Steve Nardoni   At first glance, I was under the impression that a showcase performance at Feinstein’s/54Below by the cast of Natasha, Pierre and…

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Karen Mason: It’s About Time by Jk Clarke

        by Brian Scott Lipton   Both a celebration of her newest CD and a glorious retrospective of 30-plus year performing career in cabaret, Karen Mason’s It’s…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Photos: New Group’s Annual Gala by Jk Clarke

      Monday, March 6, Off-Broadway’s The New Group honored Sutton Foster and Robert J. Rosenberg (recipients of the 2017 Michael Mendelson Award for Outstanding Commitm…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Skin of Our Teeth by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Humankind has been plagued with apocalyptic visions and foreboding since the dawn of civilization. Earliest organized groups of humans created…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Photos: Opening Night of Significant Other by Jk Clarke

    Thursday night, March 2, at the Booth Theatre, saw the Broadway opening of the critically acclaimed Significant Other, which premiered in 2012 at the Roundabout UndergroundR…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Photos: Sweeny Todd Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    Wednesday, March 1 (the 38th anniversary of the original Broadway opening) saw the opening night  of The Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Flee…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Photos: The View Upstairs Opening Night by Jk Clarke

          Tuesday night, February 28 saw the opening of The View Upstairs—the provocative new musical written by Max Vernon and directed by Scott Ebersold—at The…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Photos: Sunday in the Park With George Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    Thursday night, February 23, Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, re-opened the historic Hudson Theatre with its first Broadway openi…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Photos: Kid Victory Opening Night by Jk Clarke

Thursday March 22 saw the opening night festivities of the new musical, Kid Victory, the latest collaboration from the creators of Vineyard Theatre’s The Landing, composer John Kander (Cab…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Everybody by Jk Clarke

        by Brian Scott Lipton   Is there anything to really be learned from a 15th century Dutch morality play, possibly adapted from a Buddhist fable, and updated t…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Photos: Evening at the Talk House Opening Night Party by Jk Clarke

    Thursday evening, February 16 The New Group celebrated the opening night of Wallace Shawn’s latest play, Evening at the Talk House, at the Green Fig Urban Eatery in the Y…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Evening at the Talk House: Dark Theater by Jk Clarke

      Spoiler Alert: This review contains what some may consider spoilers (and others may not) as some aspects of plot twists are discussed out of necessity. Proceed at your o…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mother of Invention – Coming Down Off the Mountain by Jk Clarke

            by JK Clarke   The ravages of old age—dementia, senility, Alzheimer’s—are prime fodder for playwrights. There have been countless pieces …

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Photos: Ring Twice for Miranda Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    Sunday night, February 12 saw the opening of Alan Hruska’s Ring Twice For Miranda, directed by Rick Lombardo, at New York City Center Stage II.  Ring Twice for Miranda i…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Photos: Jonah and Otto Opening Night Party by Jk Clarke

    Wednesday, February 8 saw the opening night of Jonah and Otto, the New York debut of playwright Robert Holman at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42 Street. Under the …

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Photos: Sunset Boulevard Opening Night by Jk Clarke

  Norma Desmond was ready for her closeup Thursday, February 9 at Broadway’s Palace Thursday as Glenn Close returned to Broadway, reviving her Tony Award winning role as Norma Des…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Apples and Oranges: Jonah and Otto by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   A wall is very much in the news these days; however, the crumbling, vine-covered one that fills the upstage area in the New York…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Billy Lykken: Sacred Monster by Jk Clarke

          by Steve Nardoni     The Metropolitan Room was the perfect venue for Billy Likken’s self-described “alt-cabaret experience.” In this intima…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Isaac Mizrahi at the Carlyle: Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? by Jk Clarke

        by Eric J. Grimm   What often drives you to seek out a non-singer’s musical endeavors is morbid curiosity. What would an Isaac Mizrahi cabaret look or soun…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Nuclear Family Fallout: Orange Julius by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   If you grew up in the 1970s or 80s in the U.S. someone you knew likely had a relative who was a Vietnam Vet. Often they were damaged men with a host …

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