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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Leiter Looks Back: Five Plays of 1923-1924 by Jk Clarke

For today’s installment of “Leiter Looks Back,” we’ll skip the ten best and take a look at five of the six Mantle liked but overlooked. The post Leiter Looks Back: Five Plays of 1923…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Leiter Looks Back: Four Revivals of 1922-1923 by Jk Clarke

      By Samuel L. Leiter   To date, the seasons covered by this series have not been especially thrilling with regard to revivals, especially Shakespearean ones. Much of the Shakespeare…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Unknown Soldier – A Musical by Jk Clarke

    By Brian Scott Lipton   What is, what was and what might have been. These everyday yet profound questions envelop the minds of both the main characters and the audience of Unknown Sol…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

All the Natalie Portmans: You Always Hurt the One You Love by Jk Clarke

          By Samuel L. Leiter   It’s too soon to suggest a trend but All the Natalie Portmans, the MCC’s production of C.A. Johnson’s bumpily engaging, African-American, coming-o…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

We’re Gonna Die by Jk Clarke

            By Brian Scott Lipton   “There are only two sure things in life, death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin famously told the public, and playwright Young Jean Lee certainly …

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band by Jk Clarke

        By JK Clarke   For many of us, the most preferable way to understand an historical event or era is through historical fiction with dramatized narratives. Obviously, works of his…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice by Jk Clarke

            By Brian Scott Lipton   The tiny mini-dresses, the tight-tight pants and the paisley shirts. The velour sofas. The talk of key parties and “The Institute” and the copy…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Soldier’s Play: The Madness of Race by Jk Clarke

          By Samuel L. Leiter   A Soldier’s Play, Charles Fuller’s vigorous, Pulitzer Prize-winning examination of racial tension among African-American soldiers in a U.S. Army cam…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Timon of Athens by Jk Clarke

          By JK Clarke   It takes an extraordinarily special talent to take Shakespeare’s more problematic—or “less compelling”—plays and make them not only interesting, but …

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Bits and Pieces – Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton at Pangea by Jk Clarke

          By JK Clarke   Upon introducing their evening of songs Tuesday night at Pangea, Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton explained they called the performance—which played every…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Emojiland: The Musical: 😜 by Jk Clarke

      By Samuel L. Leiter   Emojis! Those ubiquitous computer images we attach to our emails offering shortcut messages showing feelings, foods, celebrations, machines, weather, flags, a…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Boom: Cultural Shock Rocks by Jk Clarke

      by Samuel L. Leiter   You know those CNN documentaries that cover an entire decade in an hour? “The Sixties”? “The Seventies”?  “The Eighties,” etc.? Film and video cl…

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Sore-Ida: Greater Clements by Jk Clarke

          By JK Clarke   As a society, here in the US of A, it’s fair to say we hardly spend much time thinking about Idaho. Sure, there’s the odd joke or two about potatoes and th…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cyrano Sings by Jk Clarke

        By JK Clarke   Edmond de Rostand’s 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac is a story that lends itself to reinterpretation and modernization. With a simple, straightforward theme about…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Linda Vista by Jk Clarke

        By Samuel L. Leiter   I admit it. I’m guilty. I sat through Linda Vista, by actor-playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theatre, and e…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Terra Firma – Solid Landing for The Coop by Jk Clarke

          By JK Clarke   Fans of both Andrus Nichols and Kate Hamill were recently thrilled by the news that the two had formed a new theater company, The Coop. Nichols’ conspicuous …

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Glass Menagerie by Jk Clarke

          By JK Clarke   Tennessee Williams’ very accomodating production notes in The Glass Menagerie—a play for which he coined the term “memory play”—encourages a freedom …

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Lear – That Old Man I Used to Know by Jk Clarke

        By JK Clarke   I’ve always contended—as have many others who care about such things—that while editing or abridging Shakespeare’s plays for the purpose of a production i…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Coriolanus – Shakespeare in the Park by Jk Clarke

              By JK Clarke   Coriolanus is one of many Shakespeare plays that can be played for its uncanny prescience in modern times, though it doesn’t always have to be. Like Ju…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

A White Man’s Guide to Riker’s Island by Jk Clarke

            By JK Clarke   Fish-out-of-water incarceration stories are nothing new. From the wrongfully imprisoned (Hugo’s Les Misérables) to the belatedly, unexpectedly indicted (…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Chinese Boxes: [Veil Widow Conspiracy] by Jk Clarke

        By Samuel L. Leiter   Gordon Dahlquist’s [Veil Widow Conspiracy] is a dramatically veiled construct embedding three stories, one within the other, like a play-within-a-play-wi…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The 2019 Tony Award Winners & On The Red Carpet!!! by Jk Clarke

    NEW YORK. June 9, 2019. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards are taking place right now at Radio City Music Hall, broadcast on CBS, hosted by James Corden. Leading the nominations was the …

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Curse of the Starving Class by Jk Clarke

      By JK Clarke   As the preeminent American playwright of the late-20th century, Sam Shepard drew on life experiences to create his best plays, works of realism that portrayed contem…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photos: 2019 Actor’s Fund Gala by Jk Clarke

        The 2019 Actor’s Fund Gala took place Monday evening at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, honoring The Actors Fund will celebrate Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Ha…

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2019 Tony Award Nominations by Jk Clarke

Photos: Shoshana Medney   NEW YORK. APRIL 30, 2019. The 2019 Tony Award Nominations were announced this morning at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center by Bebe …

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Socrates by Jk Clarke

        By JK Clarke   If you’ve seen the latest Cohen Brothers film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix), you’d hardly expect that the actor playing the title character, Tim Bla…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Deliver Us from Evil: Miracle in Rwanda by Jk Clarke

          By Samuel L. Leiter   The official diplomatic phrase for the events behind this play are the “1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.”  One of modern history’s bloo…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Walk On, Walk On: Sincerely, Oscar by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   This week, I watched the great Broadway librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II get hammered twice. The first was Daniel Fish’s radical redo of R…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Eva Noblezada at the Green Room 42 by Jk Clarke

          By Matt Smith   “I’ve been so many places in my life and time / I’ve sung a lot of songs and I’ve made some bad rhymes / I’ve acted out my life on stages / With ten…

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Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie by Jk Clarke

          By Ron Fassler   According to the program notes, The Mad Ones are “a New York City-based company that creates ensemble-driven work through the ongoing collaboration of co-A…

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Norma Jeane Baker of Troy by Jk Clarke

          By Brian Scott Lipton   If you’re a theatergoer who truly subscribes to the philosophy of “if it’s not on the page, it’s not on the stage” or “the play’s the th…

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