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Monday, June 26, 2017

Glenn Close Takes Final Bow on Sunset Boulevard by Jk Clarke

        Three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close takes her final bow as “Norma Desmond” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard.…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Outdoor Richard III – Smith Street Stages by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   One doesn’t expect much from free outdoor summer Shakespeare productions (aside from The Public’s professional Shakespeare in the Park, of…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

She Gets Around: The Traveling Lady by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   Horton Foote, the admired Texas playwright who died at 92 in 2009, wrote so many worthy plays it’s rare for a season to pass w…

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Off Broadway Alliance 2017 Award Winners by Jk Clarke

      The Off Broadway Alliance Announces 2017 Award Winners! Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is Best New Musical Indecent is Best New Play       The Off Broadway Al…

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Mario Cantone at the Café Carlyle by Jk Clarke

        The unique and celebrated stage actor and stand-up comic Mario Cantone makes his Café Carlyle debut June 20-23.       by Linda Amiel Burns   …

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In a Word by Jk Clarke

        by Carole Di Tosti   What happens when you leave your seven-year-old child alone for three minutes in a locked car with the specific instructions not to open…

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Hal David’s Magic Moments in Memory and Song by Jk Clarke

      by Martha Wade Steketee   We make our way to the second floor Buttenwieser Hall at the 92nd Street Y on a sultry June evening without benefit of functioning elevato…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Marilyn Maye By Request and Never Better by Jk Clarke

      by Myra Chanin   I am rarely at a loss for words, but the opening night of Marilyn Maye By Request at the Metropolitan Room rendered me speechless, so I’m letting…

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Underground – Tube of Meet by Jk Clarke

        by Steve Nardoni   Several rows of fixed folding chairs on either side of the stage face sterile and appropriate scenery: merely six wooden benches. As we en…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Terezin by Jk Clarke

          by Carole Di Tosti   Terezin, a tragedy written and directed by Nicholas Tolkien is in a World Premiere at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York City.…

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1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs by Jk Clarke

            One Hundred Years Remembered – 1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs   by Marcina Zaccaria   One hundred years is a long time. W…

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Synge Sings of the Aran Islands by Jk Clarke

            by Beatrice Williams-Rude   The Aran Islands are a windswept group of three rocky isles at the mouth of Galway Bay in western Ireland. They hav…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Acquittal – Women Fight Back by Jk Clarke

          by Carole Di Tosti   What is the price one pays for freedom in a country where women are oppressed and under the servitude of men? In a trenchant and …

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Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music by Jk Clarke

          by Marilyn Lester   Broadway veteran, two-time Tony-winner and recent inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame, Brian Stokes Mitchell made his long-awai…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Allan Harris Band: Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better by Jk Clarke

        by Marilyn Lester   In his decades-long career, Allan Harris has been noted for his eclecticism and remarkable versatility. Drawing from his September 2016 C…

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Ira Lee Collings: A Genuine Charmer by Jk Clarke

        by Myra Chanin   Ira Lee Collings, an 81-year-old imp who blends Maurice Chevalier’s charm with Jimmy Durante’s conviviality, calls himself a Gay Geezer.…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sweeney Todd by Jk Clarke

          by Brian Scott Lipton   They have over two dozen Broadway credits (and four Tony Award nominations) between them, but Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello …

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Playwright A.R. Gurney Dies by Jk Clarke

      Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright A.R. Gurney, whose work was known for its depiction of American WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) families, died at home Tuesday i…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Zero Hour Gets an A+ by Jk Clarke

    by Myra Chanin   Sometimes in the world of theater reviews we stumble across the good fortune of having pieces by two different esteemed critics, allowing us to see compar…

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A Funny Thing: Zero Hour by Jk Clarke

      by Samuel L. Leiter Sometimes in the world of theater reviews we stumble across the good fortune of having pieces by two different esteemed critics, allowing us to see c…

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Evangeline – Moves Elegantly but Loses the Plot by Jk Clarke

        by Martha Wade Steketee   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic narrative poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie from 1847 (yes, I looked it up) muses poetically on…

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Photos: Broadway Beacon Awards by Jk Clarke

    Celebrating its landmark 35th anniversary season, on Monday, June 12 at their annual Broadway Beacon Awards Gala at The JW Marriot Essex House (160 Central Park South), leading…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Orange Julius: Corporate Greed Shivs Shakespeare by Jk Clarke

      Corporate greed shivs Shakespeare and ignorance overshadows an otherwise powerful production of one of the all-time classics.           But here…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Photos – 2017 Theatre World Awards Red Carpet by Jk Clarke

  The 2017 Theater World Awards were held Monday, June 5 the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. Special honorees included Glenn Close, Katrina Lenk and Dae Malloy. Theater Pizzazz’s JK…

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Photos: Drama Desk Awards 2017 Red Carpet by Jk Clarke

  The 2017 Drama Desk Awards were held Sunday, June 4 at The Town Hall in Times Square, NYC. The evening’s exciting events were hosted by Michael Urie.   Theater Pizzazz̵…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

2017 Drama Desk Winners – Photos! by Jk Clarke

            Sunday, June 4 the 2017 Drama Desk Awards were held at Town Hall in NYC’s Times Square. Theater Pizzazz’s JK Clarke was on hand to catch…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

The Merry Wives of Windsor go to Bryant Park by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   What are you doing tonight? It’s the first weekend of June, a sunny day, not too hot yet. Well, if you like a casual evening in the park, th…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Waterwell’s Hamlet by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke     One of the most wonderful things about William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is that just about every production is not merely a little bit di…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Photos: Outer Critics Circle 2017 Awards Ceremony by Jk Clarke

          Thursday afternoon, May 25, Broadway’s brightest stars had their moment to shine the Outer Critics Circle held its 67th annual Theatre Awards at Sard…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Coming to ‘Merica – Soujourners by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   It’s easy to forget how difficult assimilation and integration into American society can be. Europeans fleeing pogroms, poverty or fa…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Obie Award Winners Announced! by Jk Clarke

          Winners Announced for the 62nd Annual Obie Awards     New York, NY (May 22, 2017) – The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President) and…

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