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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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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Eat, Drink and Be Zaftig: ‘My Life on a Diet’ by Jk Clarke

    by Samuel L. Leiter   Sometimes theatregoers need a break from a diet of high protein shows like Angels in America and want something that goes down easily, theatrical com…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Damned by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   Tickets are reportedly scarce but here are three reasons why you should nonetheless try your damnedest to see The Damned, Dutch …

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Melissa Manchester: The Fellas by Jk Clarke

        by Steve Nardoni   The Bronx has been the birthplace of unbelievable musical talent, and none is worthier of acclaim than Melissa Manchester, who continues t…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Hear Her Roar: Fire in Dreamland by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   Playwright Rinne Groff (The Ruby Sunrise) rubs her dramatic sticks together vigorously in Fire in Dreamland, now at the Public after it…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dr. Bradley Jones – The Doctor Who’s Not Only All In, But Far Out by Jk Clarke

      by Myra Chanin   Tuches oifn tisch? That means “Shall we lay our cards on the table?” in the most vernacular Yiddish. OK? OK. Then, immediately select your pref…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pedro Pan – New York Musical Festival by Jk Clarke

        by Carole di Tosti   The New York Musical Festival and White Elk Productions are presenting Pedro Pan, book by Rebecca Aparicio and Music/Lyrics by Stephen A…

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Mary Page Marlowe by Jk Clarke

        by Brian Scott Lipton   Do we direct the course our own life or does life merely happen to us? That’s the major existential question faced by the title cha…

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When the Saints Come Marching In – The Saintliness of Margery Kempe by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   Although hardly a household name in New York theatrical circles, John Wulp, now 90, has had a rather abundant career as a playwright, d…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Jason Henderson at Don’t Tell Mama by Jk Clarke

    The Lad From Upper Hutt Wows Uptown Manhattan with the Coward who Changed His Life   by Myra Chanin   Jason Henderson began his third performance of “Getting to Noe…

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Alan Cumming at Joe’s Pub – Legal Immigrant by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   The first thing you notice, within minutes of Alan Cumming grabbing the microphone on the cozy stage of Joe’s Pub for his new show Legal Immigrant …

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Teenage Dick . . . The Play by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   There are a handful of phrases that are likely to get the attention of the FBI’s algorithms and probably should be avoided in your emails or…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scissoring by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   Despite remarkable progress in the acknowledgement of LGBTQ+ civil rights over the past twenty to thirty years, there is a growing misconception in t…

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