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Friday, February 16, 2018

A Very Broadway Valentine’s Day at 54 Below by Jk Clarke

    by Steve Nardoni   This past Wednesday at Feinstein’s/54 Below saw a Valentine-themed celebration of Broadway, romance, and relationships, delightfully represented by co…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Disco Pigs by Jk Clarke

        by Marilyn Lester   The Tara Finney anniversary production of Disco Pigs is a completely stunning piece of theater. In 75 minutes of nonstop action, Evanna L…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pride and Prejudice – Hamill Scores Again by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   At this point it’s fair to call Kate Hamill a one-woman cottage industry of theatrical interpretations of 19th century English Literature cl…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Photos: Farinelli and the King Opening Night by Jk Clarke

      The evening of Sunday, December 17 saw the Broadway opening of Claire Van Kampen’s new play, Farinelli and the King, starring three-time Tony Award and Oscar-winni…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Shadowlands — Life Before Afterlife by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   Much is known of the life of British literary icon C.S. Lewis, but he was a man who meant different things to different groups of people, such that h…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Twelfth Night – A Laughless Comedy at CSC by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   Even among those who eschew Shakespeare plays, whatever their reason—language, content, repetition—the much beloved, comic masterpi…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Counting Sheep – A Guerilla Folk Opera by Jk Clarke

    by Michael Bracken   When’s the last time you attended “an immersive guerrilla folk opera”?  At the risk of sounding like I’ve led a sheltered life, I have to adm…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Winter’s Tale – Mobile Unit Presents by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   At some point in a long list of accolades, the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit should be singled out for consistently turning out first rate, a…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Photos: The Parisian Woman Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    Thursday, November 30, Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman opened on at the Hudson Theatre, ushering in with it Uma Thurman’s Broadway debut. Directed by Pam MacKinn…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Photos: Meteor Shower Opens on Broadway by Jk Clarke

  Wednesday, November 29 saw the Broadway opening of Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower at the historic Booth Theatre. The comedy starring Amy Schumer, Keegan Michael Key, Tony winner L…

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thinker Bell – Bedlam Ages Peter Pan by Jk Clarke

        By JK Clarke   Anyone walking in to see the new production of Peter Pan at the Duke on 42nd Street is in for a shock if they’re not familiar with its produ…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Drama League Celebrates Steve Martin by Jk Clarke

    Monday, November 6, the Drama League celebrated its 34th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway at the Plaza Hotel by honoring Mark Twain award winning humorist, Kennedy Center…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Send in the Clowns: Marcel + The Art of Laughter by Jk Clarke

          By Samuel L. Leiter   If you love physical comedy in the manner of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin or, to cite more recent exemplars, Bill Irwin and…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tammy Faye Starlite Rolls the Stones by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   There is no greater sign of a rock and roll cover band’s devotion to an artist than playing one of its albums in its entirety. Tangentially,…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Abingdon Honors Bebe Neuwirth by Jk Clarke

    Monday, October 23, Abingdon Theatre Company celebrated its 25th Anniversary Gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, NYC. This year’s Gala honored the legendary Tony…

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

NEC SPE / NEC METU at United Solo Fest by Jk Clarke

      By Eric J. Grimm Sara Fellini and her company, spit&vigor, put on the most daring work I have seen in New York theater. Her plays are substantial and often monumenta…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Irish Arts Center Celebrates with Spirit of Ireland Gala by Jk Clarke

  Friday, October 13 was full of good auspices at Cipriani on 42nd Street as the Irish Arts Center celebrated with its Spirit of Ireland Gala. This year’s event honored: Emmy, Gra…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

CSC’s As You Like It by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   To label Classic Stage Company’s new production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It “Marxist” might be at first off-putting…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Photos: American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala by Jk Clarke

      Monday, September 18, The American Theatre Wing celebrated 100 years of service to the musical theater industry with its Annual Gala at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

RuPaul’s Fashion Does Drag Ball by Jk Clarke

    Fashion icons RuPaul and Marc Jacobs kicked off fall fashion week September 7 at the McKittrick Hotel with the “Fashion Does Drag Ball, benefiting Planned Parenthood. The…

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Just Like That! Public’s Joyous As You Like It by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   William Shakespeare’s plays are far too often slandered as snooty intellectual fare, despite their being, from the beginning, theater for th…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Photos – The Terms of My Surrender Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    With red, white and blue-clad drummers and much fanfare, Michael Moore’s Broadway debut, The Terms of My Surrender, opened at the Belasco Theatre Thursday, August 10. …

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Broadway Icon Barbara Cook Dead at 89 by Jk Clarke

    Beloved Broadway and Cabaret legend Barbara Cook died Tuesday August 8 at her home in Manhattan. She was 89. Recipient of a Kennedy Center honor in 2011, the legendary Soprano …

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Photos – Curvy Widow Opening Night by Jk Clarke

  Thursday evening, August 3, saw the opening of the new musical comedy Curvy Widow at the Westside Theatre. With Book by Bobby Goldman, Music  & Lyrics by Drew Brody and directed …

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Dating Dame – Curvy Widow by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   Judging by the piece about Curvy Widow in the current issue of Playbill, which notes that it “has been on the express track, taking j…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Dreamy in Central Park by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fan favorite. It’s one of those plays that survives a heavy editing process and always see…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam Shepard, Award Winning Playwright, Actor, Director, and Icon — Dead At 73 by Jk Clarke

        by Cooper Lawrence   Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize winning, and Oscar nominated playwright, actor and director has died at the age of 73.   To many of us …

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Cole Porter: Easy To Love by Jk Clarke

      by Marilyn Lester   Who couldn’t love a Cole Porter song? Certainly there must be very few, as Jazz in July Artistic Director and host Bill Charlap explained,…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Happening to Celebrate Birthday Girl Annie Ross by Jk Clarke

          by Martha Wade Steketee   July 25, 2017 really is the 87th birthday of Annie Ross and marks the 11th year of regular appearances at the venue by this …

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Linda Lavin and the Women Who Haunt Her by Jk Clarke

        by Martha Wade Steketee   Linda Lavin is a New York City girl who holds audiences rapt by comedic and dramatic performances on television, film, and stage. W…

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Karrin Allyson Swings Low by Jk Clarke

        by Martha Wade Steketee   The scene at Birdland this steamy July evening skews young—tables of college-aged pals, a large group of teens from Britain. The …

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