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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The 2019 Tony Award Winners & On The Red Carpet!!! by Jk Clarke

    NEW YORK. June 9, 2019. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards are taking place right now at Radio City Music Hall, broadcast on CBS, hosted by James Corden. Leading the nominations was the …

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Curse of the Starving Class by Jk Clarke

      By JK Clarke   As the preeminent American playwright of the late-20th century, Sam Shepard drew on life experiences to create his best plays, works of realism that portrayed contem…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photos: 2019 Actor’s Fund Gala by Jk Clarke

        The 2019 Actor’s Fund Gala took place Monday evening at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, honoring The Actors Fund will celebrate Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Ha…

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2019 Tony Award Nominations by Jk Clarke

Photos: Shoshana Medney   NEW YORK. APRIL 30, 2019. The 2019 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center by Bebe …

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Socrates by Jk Clarke

        By JK Clarke   If you’ve seen the latest Cohen Brothers film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix), you’d hardly expect that the actor playing the title character, Tim Bla…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Deliver Us from Evil: Miracle in Rwanda by Jk Clarke

          By Samuel L. Leiter   The official diplomatic phrase for the events behind this play are the “1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.”  One of modern history’s bloo…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Walk On, Walk On: Sincerely, Oscar by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   This week, I watched the great Broadway librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II get hammered twice. The first was Daniel Fish’s radical redo of R…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Eva Noblezada at the Green Room 42 by Jk Clarke

          By Matt Smith   “I’ve been so many places in my life and time / I’ve sung a lot of songs and I’ve made some bad rhymes / I’ve acted out my life on stages / With ten…

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Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie by Jk Clarke

          By Ron Fassler   According to the program notes, The Mad Ones are “a New York City-based company that creates ensemble-driven work through the ongoing collaboration of co-A…

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Norma Jeane Baker of Troy by Jk Clarke

          By Brian Scott Lipton   If you’re a theatergoer who truly subscribes to the philosophy of “if it’s not on the page, it’s not on the stage” or “the play’s the th…

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White Noise by Jk Clarke

          by Carol Rocamora   It’s a play with an outrageous premise—and Suzan-Lori Parks wants it that way. As a playwright who has been writing about race and American history fo…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Shareholder Value by Jk Clarke

          By Tania Fisher   Now playing at The Theater for the New City, Shareholder Value is set against the backdrop of the fiscal crisis of 2008, and is loosely based on the debacle…

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Charlie’s Waiting by Jk Clarke

          by Carol Di Tosti   Happiness is a sleight of mind. When it is founded on lies, duplicities and secrets, it will never last, even though one may desperately cling to its illu…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Crucible or Patchwork Quilt?—What the Constitution Means to Me by Jk Clarke

            by Samuel L. Leiter   A few months ago, I asked my friend Richard, house manager of Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theater, what was next on the venue’s agenda. When he an…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Ain’t No Mo’ by Jk Clarke

        by Carol Rocamora   Everything about Peaches is shocking—from the pink color of her big hair to her shiny pink alligator suit to the stream of profanities that spew from her m…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock by Jk Clarke

          By Joseph Pisano   Despite an initial Broadway run that was, to say the least, severely abridged, few theatrical works have as culturally schismatic a performance history as …

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

In Shakespeare’s Shadow – The White Devil by Jk Clarke

        By Samuel L. Leiter   Off-Broadway’s Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, artistic director) loves to take risks by staging infrequently seen, even obscure classics (okay, their up…

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Sondheim: Wordplay at the 92nd Street Y by Jk Clarke

          By Ron Fassler   Sondheim: Wordplay at the Kaufmann Concert Hall on Saturday night was genuine truth in advertising. For surely there has been no Broadway lyricist who has pl…

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Julius Caesar – Theatre for a New Audience by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   It can be argued that William Shakespeare’s much loved Roman Republic play Julius Caesar is actually two plays in one: the first half being a tragedy very much …

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Friday, March 29, 2019

A Weekend in the Country – Life Sucks by Jk Clarke

        By Myra Chanin   The abundant twists and turns in most narrative arcs ultimately boil down to a series of themes. For example, there’s “boy meets girl,” as in Cinderella; …

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The Lehman Trilogy by Jk Clarke

        It’s a massive epic, and what masterful stagecraft is marshaled to tell it!     by Carol Rocamora   The Lehman Trilogy, the astonishing new play at the Park Avenue Armory, c…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Remember the Jews of Vilna by Jk Clarke

          By Myra Chanin   I am enraged, infuriated, maddened by the use of phrases like “The Holocaust” or “The Shoah”—politically correct, less disturbing words which attem…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Broadway With the Callaways by Jk Clarke

      By Ron Fassler   Those swinging, singing sisters, Liz and Ann, in their new concert show, Broadway with the Callaways (at the Sony Concert Hall), brought screams of cheers to the t…

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Sex and the Single Girl: Fleabag by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   I’ve been to the Soho Playhouse many times but never have I seen such a crowd of well-dressed, excitedly buzzing theatergoers standing outside on Vandam …

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May(Not)Flower – Strangers in the World by Jk Clarke

            by JK Clarke   The 1620 voyage by members of the Separatists (a Puritan sect) on the Mayflower to what is now New England was one of the most daring ventures ever. The tra…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Daniel Abrahamson’s First Date by Jk Clarke

          by Sheila Watko   With the talent of a seasoned Broadway composer and the optimistic charm of an artist making it in New York City, Toronto-based composer and lyricist Daniel…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

No Laughing Matter: A Jewish Joke by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   There are a lot of Jewish jokes in A Jewish Joke, Marni Freedman and Phil Johnson’s not-up-to-expectations solo play, in which Johnson portrays a come…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Be More Chill – Opening Night Photos by Jk Clarke

      Sunday, March 10 saw the Opening Night of the Broadway Musical Be More Chill at The Lyceum Theatre, followed by a grand after party at Gotham Hall. The story of teens coping with po…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Marys Seacole by Jk Clarke

        by Carol Rocamora   It’s a wild ride, so fasten your seat belts. Marys Seacole, now playing at Lincoln Center’s tiny Claire Tow Theater, will alternately shock you, bewilder…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Mars Attracts: Spaceman by Jk Clarke

        In Space, everyone can hear Molly scream.     by JK Clarke   Society’s fascination with outer space is well documented, and has been since long before the first rocket ship …

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof – In Yiddish! by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   Since its Broadway debut in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has remained largely unchanged, and maintained its status as an emotive and poignant musical that touches…

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