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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Slave Play by Jk Clarke

        by Brian Scott Lipton   It’s hardly a secret that in the Antebellum south, white owners often took sexual advantage of their African-American slaves. But i…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Downstairs – The Monster Upstairs by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   It’s been a good autumn for playwright Theresa Rebeck. Her thoughtful examination of famed turn-of-the-century actor Sarah Bernhardt’s gro…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at the Paper Mill Playhouse by Jk Clarke

      by Adam Cohen   One man’s ambition is comfortable, while to another it is anathema. This is the simplest way to convey the central theme of Irving Berlin’s Holi…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Nothing Comes of Nothing.   In every art form there comes a moment, or several moments, when the masters of that art tear it apart and br…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

John Anthony Sings George Michael by Jk Clarke

          By Steve Nardoni   My circle is tired of hearing me whine, “I don’t remember the ‘80s!” So it was that I took this assignment with trepidation…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon by Jk Clarke

        By Samuel L. Leiter   Despite its title, Scott Aiello’s Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon is anything but a slacker/stoner play in the vein of the Bill…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Two Player Game Comes Back to 54 Below by Jk Clarke

        by Sheila Watko   Even before Joe Iconis (Larson Award winner; Drama Desk nominee; creator of Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, The Black Suits) and Geo…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

India Pale Ale by Jk Clarke

        by Carol Rocamora   “I know how it is in America.” We’re hearing that line a lot on our stages this season. It’s coming from a multiplicity of voices…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream For All by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   No matter the plaudits already heaped on the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit, it is time that the group be acknowledged by one or all of the ma…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   Every so often there is a comic actor who takes command of a stage in a way that either delights or chagrins audience members, and often other actors…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   A new production of John Patrick Shanley’s mainstay of acting classes everywhere, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, opened last week at Theatre U…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Ferryman by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   The more risky elements a director inserts into a stage play, the greater the chance that something will go wrong. But acclaimed director of s…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Emma and Max by Jk Clarke

        by Hazen Cuyler   Emma and Max—now playing at the Flea Theater—is a trap set to deceive us all. Written and directed by Todd Solondz, an experienced inde…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Coming Through the Wry – Goodbody by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Fans of Alfred Hitchcock will tell you that the most terrifying of his thrillers are also the funniest. There’s something about mixing myste…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Apologia by Jk Clarke

      By Brian Scott Lipton   As Joni Mitchell once famously sang, “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” Within mere seconds of her first appearanc…

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Mother Night by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a masterful novelist, known primarily for the satirical, cynical vein that ran through his crisp, entertaining novels. …

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Fireflies by Jk Clarke

        by Michael Bracken   Lovely and lyrical, Donja R. Love’s Fireflies, at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, is disarmingly powerful. Don…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Oklahoma! – More Than OK by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   If you strip away the jaw dropping, “holy cow” moments from the new production of Oklahoma! at St. Ann’s Warehouse (now through November 11), w…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hope by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   One doesn’t expect an off-off-Broadway, independent theater solo show to be a high tech affair, so the video, lighting and sound of Hope—playing …

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Behind the Music with Louis Rosen: Stephen Sondheim, American Modernist by Jk Clarke

        by Alix Cohen   Behind the Music with Louis Rosen: Stephen Sondheim, American Modernist Beginnings: West Side Story, Gypsy and Forum (or Broadway Experiments…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Then Sean Met Khalid by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   The experience of growing of black in an all, or mostly-white community in the United States is one that very few white Americans understand. Even am…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet by Jk Clarke

    by JK Clarke   Bedlam Theater Company, for reasons that do not become apparent during the play (or after, in contemplation), has combined Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya with …

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ATW Honors Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber by Jk Clarke

    Last night, Monday, September 24, The American Theater Wing celebrated newly minted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar Tony) winner, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber at Cipriani on 42nd Street. …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Note: If you are the sort of person who is offended by candid discussions of female genitalia and sex in general, and by the rampant use of th…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Black and White and Red All Over: Scraps by Jk Clarke

      by Samuel L. Leiter   Scraps is an angry play. Not that it doesn’t have plenty to be angry about. However, the solution it takes to dealing with its issues sugges…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Henry VI – National Asian American Theatre Company by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   The three plays that make up Henry VI are among William Shakespeare’s earliest works. Presumably written in the early 1590s and said by some…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Their Blood Runs Red: R.R.R.E.D.: A Secret Musical by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   R.R.R.E.D., one of the most annoying show titles for anyone who has to type it out, refers to the Redheaded Revolutionary Evolutionary …

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Garcia Channels Bennett: “It’s All About the Material” by Jk Clarke

        by Martha Wade Steketee   The first show empties out, and a rapt audience of cabaret enthusiasts files into 54 Below for a late-night show featuring Eric Yve…

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Broadway Sings Unplugged: Whitney Houston by Jk Clarke

      by Grace Treston   Whitney Houston is a tricky star to emulate. The late performer is often paid tribute by professional and aspiring singers alike—perhaps so oft…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Twelfth Night, Or . . . Something Like It by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   To call the second Shakespeare in the Park production of this summer “Twelfth Night,” referring to the William Shakespeare play of the sam…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Karen Finley: Grabbing Pussy by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   If there’s an upside to eras of social and political strife, it’s that they tend to produce groundbreaking and significant works of art. R…

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