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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Atlas of Charles: Charleses by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Time-worn maxims have a funny way of being both cliché and, at times, totally a propos. Take for instance the old saw, “the more things cha…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photos: Indecent Opening Night by Jk Clarke

  Tuesday night, April 18 saw the Broadway opening night festivities of Paula Vogel’s Indecent at the Cort Theatre. The story of the making of, and subsequent censorship and obsce…

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Crime of Passion – Indecent by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   In an allusion, perhaps, to the story of Exodus and the 40 years that Moses led his people through the desert to freedom, Pulitzer Priz…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Hamlet, Or Hamleting Hamlet by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   Most of us have work anxiety dreams: showing up to a sales meeting completely unprepared, having thousands of customers in a restaurant…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

A Life Behind Bars by Jk Clarke

      by Steve Nardoni   Toward the end A Life Behind Bars, a compelling, comedic, but chilling one-man autobiographical show (directed by Tanya Moberly), playing every o…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Church and State by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   If you’re one of those policy wonks who just can’t get enough of political discussions that to others can be frustrating and depressing, t…

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Photos: Daniel’s Husband Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    Daniel’s Husband opened last night at the Cherry Lane Theatre followed by an after party at Sushi Samba where cast members and guests celebrated.  Theater Pizzazz’…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

King Lear at The Secret Theatre by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Anyone who’s ever walked the halls of a nursing home has seen numerous rooms in which sat a forlorn looking elderly person, lost in a haze o…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Sondheim Unplugged by Jk Clarke

            by Steve Nardoni   Seven years ago Phil Geoffrey Bond had a brilliant idea: start a monthly series featuring Stephen Sondheim’s music with si…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Inge Watching: Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   There might be better ways to time-travel back to the 1950s than watching a double header of William Inge plays, Picnic and Come Back, Little …

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Faith No More – Joan of Arc by Jk Clarke

            by JK Clarke   It’s difficult to fathom, in the current sociopolitical atmosphere, why the renowned and supremely talented David Byrne, at th…

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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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